November 12, 1990 |
A one-composer concert - like the one violinist Young Uck Kim and pianist Christoph Eschenbach played for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society Saturday night at the Port of History Museum - runs the risk of monotony, even if the composer is the sublime Mozart. Kim and Eschenbach averted that risk through skill, poise - not even a creaking door in the balcony, which interrupted the first piece, ruffled them for long - and careful programming. There were four works on the program - the violin sonatas in C major (K. 296)
November 19, 1996 |
Lolita of the lagoon? Stella Maris? Venus of the vibrato? What to name Vanessa-Mae, the 17-year-old violinist who leads her band into the Theater of the Living Arts tomorrow night? Naming is crucial, if the buzz around this new face in the crowd of young violin virtuosi can be measured. Is she the intense concert artist whose recordings include the compulsory Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Bruch repertoire? Is she the pop artist with a sea-drenched music video, her eyes penetrating yours over the white electric violin, her body shouting "Oooh!"
July 27, 2012 |
JOSEPH SGRO, a South Philly guitar virtuoso who played for some of the most prominent band leaders and entertainment figures of past decades and who taught many local guitarists who went on to successful careers, died July 15. He was 94 and was living in a nursing home, but had lived most of his life in South Philadelphia. Joe Sgro taught mostly in his South Philadelphia basement, treating his neighbors to a steady stream of musicians eager to pick his brains, as well as their guitars.
November 15, 1987 |
Ridge Park Elementary School Principal John Canterbury stood tall - but had a sheepish grin on his face - as he put the foot-long, toy-size violin under his chin. The 200 or so children watching him howled with laughter to see a grown man saw away at the little fiddle. He was joined by two student volunteers playing small violins and by a professional string quartet. "This is what the children like," said music teacher Jeanneane Bazzelli as she watched the performance Tuesday morning.
May 1, 1998 |
The vast breadth of music makes the presence of special interest groups doubly important. The Delius Society has, for years, argued musically for attention to English composers overshadowed by more fashionable, luckier or simply better promoted ones. In the program Wednesday at the Free Library, four musicians performed works by friends of Frederick Delius, then closed with what was believed to be the first local performance of Delius' Double Concerto in an arrangement by Roger Quilter.
December 28, 1989 |
The sounds of music entranced more than 300 students at King's Highway Elementary School in Coatesville last Thursday. Members of the quartet Strings for Schools gave the pupils a program of note - a hands-on introduction to the violin, the cello and other string instruments. Whether they inspired a budding Paganini, Heifetz or Casals remains to be seen, or heard.
November 19, 1990 |
Zakir Hussain, the Indian drum master who appeared with violinist L. Shankar on Saturday at an overflowing Painted Bride Art Center, is one of the most imaginative percussionists around. In a solo setting, accompanying Shankar or in duets with South Indian percussionist Trichy Sankaran, Hussain infused his work with an impressive technique, control and sense of humor. He hears things no one else does, then reproduces those sounds beautifully, his fingers driven by the computer in his head.
April 15, 1986 |
One day a week, Feasterville is the home of the Alexander String Quartet. That is the day that the five-year-old international performing ensemble and winner of the Portsmouth Competition gathers at the home of the second violinist, Kate Ransom, to rehearse. The other days, the group works on Manhattan's Upper West Side, where violaist Paul Yarbrough lives in a building with ample basement space and where, Ransom explains, "the neighbors are friendly. It's an amazing crowd - they have heard the program we (will)
December 6, 1994 |
Fortepianist Lambert Orkis and violinst Marilyn McDonald teamed up for an electrifying performance of Beethoven's Sonata for Piano and Violin in A minor (Op. 47) ("Kreutzer") in an all-Beethoven concert by the Castle Trio Sunday at Temple University's Rock Hall. Hearing this performance of the famous sonata was like watching a jet perform death-defying acrobatic maneuvers at breakneck speeds, land gracefully, and then suddenly take off again for a repeat performance. This Kreutzer didn't just drive relentlessly along; its calmer moments also sang with understated persuasiveness.
December 19, 1986 |
Philadelphia Orchestra associate concertmaster David Arben solos in two works on this week's Academy program. Today at 2 and tomorrow at 8:30, he'll play The Adagio in E Major for violin and orchestra by Mozart, as well as the local premiere of the violin concerto by Andrzej Panufnik. The common Warsaw birthplace of soloist and composer should give the work for violin and string orchestra, composed in 1971 for Yehudi Menuhin, a special understanding in these concerts. Gilbert Levine makes his conducting debut through the auspices of the Young American Conductor Program, and the AT&T American Encore Program is responsible for the local premiere of Jacob Druckman's "Aureole.