Philadelphia classical music events, discussion, and directory
Music Director, Jeri Lynne Johnson's thoughtful presentations are a fascinating mixture of music and history. The "lessons" are delivered through informative program notes, short narratives from Johnson and musicians, and a careful selection of music. Rather than a dry delivery of information, Johnson spices up the program by including the native form of music that weaved its way into the classical genre through it's influence on the composers. Faced with these direct comparisons the…Continue
Added by Sharon Torello on April 29, 2011 at 1:42pm — No Comments
Usually when people think of "classical" music they think of orchestras, or violin virtuosos, or pianists, but they don't necessarily think of guitar. The guitar's typically thought of as a rock instrument. The guitar, however, was a favorite instrument of master orchestrater, Hector Berlioz, violin virtuoso, Níccolo Paganini and pianist Franz Schubert. Berlioz was the first major composer who wasn't a keyboard player and rather would use the guitar to help with harmony, orchestration, etc.…Continue
I had the honor Monday night to have a coveted seat on stage for the composers recital at the Curtis Institute of Music. What a remarkable experience!
In case you have not had the pleasure of attending a recital in Curtis's Field Concert Hall, let me describe the surroundings. In the normal…Continue
Added by Sharon Torello on April 28, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
We invite you to join the Philadelphia Fans of Classical Music and meet other classical music enthusiasts in Philly. Our group is for those who enjoy going to concerts, listening to recordings, who want to…Continue
Added by Phila. Fans of Classical Music on April 16, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments
This is a narrative I wrote back in '09 about my first encounter (in 2008) with the famed Wanamaker Organ, the largest organ in the world, which is located in Center City's Macy's Department Store. Enjoy!
Playing the Wanamaker
In the center of Philadelphia there sits a tall,…
Added by Caroline J. Robinson on April 15, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
"For all human sentiments there is a time of early blossoming, a day of generous enthusiasm that gradually fades until nothing is left of happiness but a memory, and glory is known for delusion. Of all these delicate and…Continue
Here is an excellent piece by WHYY's NewsWorks featuring David Ludwig, who teaches composition at the Curtis Institute of Music. Be sure to listen to the audio clip associated with the article, too, as it provides musical examples and additional information.
Added by Sharon Torello on April 7, 2011 at 2:24pm — No Comments