August 10, 2016 |
Viola Davis: Love WW! Suicide Squad star Viola Davis wants to remind you that girls also look up to comic book superheroes. "Wonder Woman was my hero, that was it for me," Davis tells People and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle . Davis says Wonder Woman projected power, authority, know-how. "I just thought to myself - because I was bullied growing up - I said, 'If I could be Wonder Woman I could take care of all the bullies, and I could be cute doing it,' and so that's it. " Will Davis see the movie version?
April 19, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre is now running a sparkling, fast-paced revival of Twelfth Night . With stunning brilliance, Shakespeare turns the farce staple of mistaken identity into a huge metaphor for human frailty. Director Carmen Khan immediately grabs your attention. Her stage is like a ship deck with its burnished woods, rear railing, and changeable, luminous sky (thanks to set designer Bethanie Wampol). The sound of waves and swirling seagulls (thanks to composer and sound designer Fabian Obispo)
August 20, 2015 |
When David Socolofsky was a teenager, and his mother, Byrnina, was in her early 40s, they went to the First Presbyterian Church in Pitman for a special occasion. "It was a Christmas Eve concert," David Socolofsky said, "and we played 'Gesu Bambino' ," a 1917 Italian carol based on "O Come, All Ye Faithful. " She played the viola. He played the cello. "And when we walked out," he said, "it was snowing. " He would go on to be assistant principal cellist for the Oregon Symphony in Portland.
June 24, 2015 |
He was born in South Philadelphia, married Franco-Russian royalty, and reigned for five decades as one of the great violists of the 20th century. Joseph de Pasquale, 95, died Monday, June 22. Mr. de Pasquale, of Merion, was principal violist of two of America's golden-age ensembles - the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1947 to 1964, and then, sitting alongside three of his brothers, the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1964 until retirement in 1996. He is credited with raising the standard of viola playing so dramatically that it remade the instrument's image, said Curtis Institute of Music president Roberto Díaz, a one-time de Pasquale protégé.
March 10, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Derogatory jokes about the viola are probably waiting to be made over the fact that Jennifer Higdon's concerto for that instrument sat for five years on a waiting list before arriving at its premiere Saturday at the Library of Congress. In truth, the Philadelphia composer was keen to give the ordinarily brooding instrument a levity other viola concertos lack, but first she had to finish her opera Cold Mountain . The concerto, written for violist and Curtis Institute president Roberto Diaz and the Curtis Chamber Orchestra, is ultimately concerned with getting down to essentials, yielding distinctive, under-the-surface strength.
September 10, 2014 |
Steve Jobs said that the "i" in all the Apple products' names stood for "Internet, individual, instruct, inform, inspire. " And although the products are patented, the use of "i" is not, and Philly Shakes' solo show, iHamlet , an adaptation by Robin Malan, seems to mean the "i" literally as "I" since the show is made up of Hamlet's lines extracted from the play and strung together. Hamlet as narcissist. And a female narcissist to boot. The set is a chair and gigantic mirror into which Melissa Dunphy gazes.
March 17, 2014 |
Leonard Bogdanoff, 83, of Elkins Park, a violist with the Philadelphia Orchestra for a half-century, died Friday, March 15, at his home. Colleagues said Mr. Bogdanoff personified the best qualities of the orchestra's old guard. "When I think of Leonard, I think of the kindness in dealing with all of the other members of the viola section. He was just very fair," said Pamela Faye, a substitute violist with the orchestra and a frequent stand partner of Mr. Bogdanoff's. "You can have people who can make or break a section, and he was one of the ones who gave a positive influence, sound-wise, stylistically, all of it. That was really an inspiration to me. " Retired orchestra member Louis Lanza, who as a second violinist sat not far from Mr. Bogdanoff, called him "a very steady player, very accurate, and just a wonderful musician.
February 28, 2014 |
GET EXCITED, "Scandal" fans. Shonda Rhimes , the creator of ABC's most tweet-worthy show, is bringing her next creation to Philadelphia. And to make matters even better, it's set to star Oscar-nominated goddess of the big screen Viola Davis . The two will work together on "How to Get Away with Murder," a pilot for ABC that will be filmed in Philadelphia. Davis will play a deeply mysterious law school professor who gets caught up in a murder that shakes her life - and the lives of her students - to the core.
January 11, 2014 |
Philadelphia Orchestra presents the interactive music program "Sound All Around," for ages 3 to 5, at the Academy of Music on Saturday and Monday. The interactive program introduces audience members to the viola. Assistant principal viola Kerri Ryan and master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston will guide kids on a learning musical journey. Kids can hear stories along with music and sing while pretending to play the string instrument. They can get a close look at the viola, nurturing their fascination and curiosity.
December 17, 2013 |
Quick: What do you think when you see the title of Curio Theatre's world premiere Gender Comedy: A Less Stupid Twelfth Night Gay Fantasia ? Whatever you picture - drag, slapstick, high camp - you're right. But for Philly-bred first-time playwright and Curio company member Harry Slack, though this isn't exactly a bait-and-switch scheme, it's certainly akin to catch-and-release, complete with profound existential reckoning. (There's a mid-show "fish fight"; it's an apt analogy.) Shakespeare's cross-dressing comedy is having a reinvention moment right now, and not just because it's Christmastime.