September 26, 1988 |
It's a matter of style. Sometimes, preparation for singing the gospel means quiet, introspective meditation and conversations marked by whispers. At other times, it involves jockeying for position in front of a crowded mirror and the sound of the joyous laughter of fellowship. Such were two behind-the-scenes glimpses of the fourth annual Kentucky Fried Chicken Gospel Music Competition, held last night at the Academy of Music. Philadelphia's Beth-El A Cappella Choir of the Church of God and Saints of Christ Church gathered quietly backstage in perfectly crisp white shirts or blouses and correct black pants or skirts.
December 4, 2009 |
From the days of Bach, Mozart and Haydn, all the way to the more recent Shostakovich and Jarvi offspring, composing and performing music has often been a family affair. The legacy continues for George Theophilus Walker, a major American composer whose intense music deserves much more attention. Next week, the Philadelphia Orchestra will present the world premiere of his Violin Concerto, written for his talented son Gregory Walker, who performs as soloist. Walker, now 87 and a resident of Montclair, N.J., was the first African-American to graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1945, with diplomas in both piano and composition.
May 21, 1995 |
Novelist Thomas Wolfe may have popularized the saying "you can't go home again," but that expression may not always be true. After a 33-year hiatus, pianist Daniel K. Hays will return as soloist for the Ambler Symphony Orchestra during its annual spring concert on Wednesday, May 31, at Wissahickon High School. Hays, 59, who now lives in Towson, Md., will perform Rubinstein's Piano Concerto No. 4 in D minor under the direction of guest conductor Dimitri Kauriga. An Ambler native, Hays graduated from Wissahickon High School, formerly Ambler High School, in 1953.
February 11, 2007 |
Comparisons are accumulating. A year ago, violinists Janine Jansen and Julian Rachlin were, very simply, violinists. Now that these two promising soloists are an acknowledged couple - and how often do violinists get together? - they're compared to soccer star David Beckham and Spice Girl Victoria Adams - in a more genteel classical-music incarnation. At least last year. Now they're Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with fiddles. "Omigod," said Jansen the other day on the phone from Europe.
March 29, 1996 |
Guest soloist Jaap Schroeder (right) will perform in three area concerts this weekend with members of Philomel: Vivian Barton (front), cello; (from left) David Miller, viola; Elissa Berardi, flute/recorder; Bruce Bekker, harsichord, and Nancy Wilson, violin. Schroeder, a virtuoso violinist, has earned an international reputation as a leader in the revival of baroque music.
September 23, 2015 |
Someday, if the current trend continues, technology addicts will skip all this handheld nonsense and just have cellphones implanted directly in their brains. Until then, arts groups will continue looking for ways to integrate technology into the concert experience, like Sunday afternoon's premiere at the Kimmel of a new work for piano, chamber orchestra, and iGadgets. Conrad Tao's An Adjustment , which opened the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's 51st season, did not succumb to technology for its own sake.
October 3, 1998 |
Philadelphia Orchestra principal violist Roberto Diaz exhibited melodic fluency and imaginative music-making Thursday night in a performance of Jacob Druckman's Viola Concerto. The piece by the Philadelphia- born Druckman, who died two years ago, creates a world of extraordinary color that celebrates both the viola and the orchestra. Unlike conventional works, which float the soloist atop self-effacing orchestral writing, this piece places two strong-willed elements face to face, the soloist challenging and the orchestra responding in powerful ways.
February 24, 1991 |
To celebrate Black History Month, Burlington County church choir members got together earlier this month at Burlington County Community College in Pemberton for the college's first Gospel Jamboree. Bertha Morgan, a soloist with the W.I. Wright Ensemble, emphasized the role of gospel music in the black church. "I feel that gospel is what brought us to where we are today," she said.
November 6, 1993 |
A Mozart piano concerto at an Orchestra 2001 concert? When musical director James Freeman realized that the group's November concerts would come on the heels of a Russian tour, he thought he'd program something more traditional than their usual new-music fare - something his musicians would likely already know. He was thinking ahead, too, when he asked Philadelphia pianist Cynthia Raim to be the soloist in the Concerto No. 19 in F major (K. 459). The former Curtis Institute student of Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski was a thoughtful interpreter of Mozart.