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No wonder the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral was almost filled. I was among many who were prepared to hear a joyful masterpiece of baroque music. Bach certainly knew how to begin the celebration, starting with four confident beats of timpani, a sweet trill of the flute, and the bright ring of trumpets. I…Continue
Posted by Joyce Portnoy on January 2, 2015 at 8:00pm
Posted by Mikhail Zorich on December 10, 2014 at 10:58am
Piffaro’s annual holiday concert takes listeners back in time to the 16th century Kingdom of Naples. Renowned as the “conservatory of Europe,” the city boasted an abundance of talented composers and players to supply music to accompany Nativity plays, crèche scenes, and feasts.
Piffaro’s program will mirror the variety of music enjoyed by these Renaissance revelers: Spanish and Italian, contemplative and rowdy, divine and earthy.
Posted by Piffaro, The Renaissance Band on December 4, 2014 at 2:40pm
You inch down a narrow side street
of a windy winter
in an eastern European city
and into a dark recording studio,
it is 1928
and you sing--no, better!
you hold forth like a soaring eagle--
you will be dead
in just a handful of years.
Now eighty years later
--much longer than how long you lived--
on the eastern coast
of the New World,
I take your CD out on the deck
Posted by Ray Greenblatt on December 3, 2014 at 4:57pm
Musa Ngqungwana, bass-baritone and ’14 AVA alumnus has had an eventful couple of months. Not only has Musa been vigorously preparing for his now-ended and successful run as Colline in Washington National Opera’s La bohème, but he has also been busy publishing his autobiography, Odyssey of an African Opera Singer: From Zwinde Township to the World…Continue
Posted by Samantha van Adelsberg on November 20, 2014 at 12:00pm
Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann—father, son and godfather—shared in lifelong personal and musical exchanges. The program showcases the musical…Continue
Posted by Tempesta di Mare on November 18, 2014 at 2:11pm