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.
November 27, 2013 |
RUTH VANCE-THOMAS, who was widowed at an early age, was faced with raising four small children by herself. That she did a fine job is measured by the fact that three of the children turned out to be successful lawyers, and the fourth a contractor and writer. Ruth Viola Roberts Vance-Thomas, a 27-year employee of General Electric Co. and active churchwoman, died Nov. 16. She was 89 and was living in Adelphi, Md., but had lived most of her life in Darby and Gulph Mills. She received many honors as a member of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ardmore, where she was a member of the Flower Club, president of the Trustee Aides and chairperson of Women's Day. She was a member of the President's Council and the Scholarship Committee.
August 10, 2013 |
Janet Madorna Viola, 53, an information-systems technician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, died of lung cancer Tuesday, Aug. 6, at her home in Medford. "She was sick for half her life" with multiple sclerosis, her husband, William, said in a phone interview, yet "managed to go on" with her career. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Viola graduated from what is now SS. Neumann Goretti High School in 1977. She earned a bachelor's in medical technology at Thomas Jefferson University in 1981 and an M.B.A.