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World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day Concert: David Cohen Guitar


World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day Concert: David Cohen Guitar

 Thursday May 8th 2014

 7:30 PM 45 minute set …


Posted by David Cohen on April 18, 2014 at 10:00am

Academy of Vocal Arts: Manon

Jules Massenet

By Samantha van Adelsberg, Administrative Associate

Not many late 19th and early 20th century composers achieved what French composer Jules Massenet accomplished in his lifetime. A gifted piano student at age nine and a deeply-respected professor of composition at the same Conservatoire de Paris where he studied, Massenet produced copious amounts of music before dying at age seventy,…


Posted by AVA OPERA on April 15, 2014 at 1:00pm

The Philadelphia Orchestra Concert April 11, 2014

Gianandrea Noseda - Conductor

James Ehnes - Violin

Michael Stairs - Organ


Casella - Symphonic Fragments from La donna serpente

Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No. 2

Saint-Saëns - Symphony No. 3 ("Organ")


I left this concert saying “Wow.”  I’m not sure why, but I like it…


Posted by Joyce Portnoy on April 12, 2014 at 12:13am

Academy of Vocal Arts

On  Saturday evening, March 15, we attended the fabulous JUBILATE! at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill.  The concert was marvelous and the AVA voices were magnificent.  Most of the students were in their first year, and we don't know how they could possibly improve!!

Posted by Barbara Rodgers on March 24, 2014 at 3:25pm

Gary Graffman's 85th Birthday Celebration

Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park has quite a music series!  Today they celebrated Gary Graffman's 85th birthday (a few months late) with performances by Haochen Zhang, Meng-Chieh Liu, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Natalie Zhu, Kuok-Wai Lio, and Yuja Wang.  What a lineup!  The playing was uniformly professional, as one would expect from these top performers, but I was especially thrilled by the poetic nature of so many of the performances.  Haochen played Brahms Op. 117 E flat  major Intermezzo so…


Posted by Jim Bondelid on March 23, 2014 at 9:00pm

Academy of Vocal Arts: Jubilate! A Concert of Sacred Music

In the weeks leading up to Academy of Vocal Arts' annual favorite Jubilate! A Concert of Sacred Music, Administrative Associate Samantha van Adelsberg explores some of the music that will be performed on March 14, 15, and 16 at select locations in Philadelphia and Wayne. To find out more about the concert and to purchase tickets visit or call the Box Office at 215.735.1685.…


Posted by AVA OPERA on March 10, 2014 at 1:14pm





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