Philadelphia classical music events, discussion, and directory
The piano is a percussion instrument, right? Perhaps the answer is not as clear cut as you might imagine. With the addition of electromagnet actuators placed over the strings of a piano, the Magnetic Resonator Piano (MRP) can play the strings without the physical strike of a hammer. This remarkable innovation was created by Dr. Andrew McPherson in the MET-lab at…Continue
There has perhaps not been any other legend which has inspired such a mighty and rich stream of artistic works as the story of Faust. First promulgated by a little German book in 1587, the publication purported to describe the true history and life of Dr. Johann Fausten, a reclusive scholar and magus…Continue
Added by Phila. Fans of Classical Music on November 28, 2011 at 6:25pm — No Comments
It was Gary King's email that alerted me to the short concert by the Liebesfreud String Quartet at the Art Alliance this past Friday night. I hadn't known about the "Last Friday" series, nor had I even been in the Art Alliance since 1998 to attend Orlando Cole's 90th birthday celebration in the Art Alliance's restaurant which still under renovation as of last Friday. I'm certainly glad I learned about it.
Despite its lack of length, the event was quite remarkable. The dark…Continue
Added by Tim Bosworth on November 27, 2011 at 4:23pm — No Comments
Winter Impressions Friday, Dec. 2nd @ 8:00 PM Philadelphia Ethical Society
1906 Rittenhouse Square
Phila, PA 19103
$12, $10 Students
FREE wine and refreshments with entry fee.
Philmore Ensemble presents a winter concert with a variety of music from the Baroque to the present, from another hemisphere and just around the corner, and with virtuosity and beautiful simplicity. The concert will also be sprinkled with pieces containing a winter theme to celebrate the…
Added by Duane Large on November 19, 2011 at 4:36pm — No Comments
Yesterday I trudged through the rain across town to the Church of the Holy Trinity at 1904 Walnut Street, on Rittenhouse Square. And boy, am I glad I did. Two Curtis kids were performing. Those of you who didn't go, and you know who you are, missed something special. Even I, who hear these tremendously talented kids all the time, was amazed.
First up Amanda Verner, wonderful 3rd year New Zealand violist performed Robert Schumann's Marchenbilder, Op. 113, for viola…Continue
Added by Tim Bosworth on November 17, 2011 at 6:01pm — No Comments
Sunday night in the auditorium of the Watermark, a retirement center on 18th Street just north of Vine, we heard a sensational 14-year old cellist, Binh Park, in a brief recital, sponsored by the Temple Music Prearatory Division. This division was, between 1942 and about 1986, the New School of Music established by the Max Aronoff and the other members of the Curtis String Quartet. The program tells us that Binh holds the Orlando Cole Chair of the Youth chamber Orchestra of the Center for…Continue
Added by Tim Bosworth on November 15, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Fan of Baroque music with period instruments? Then don't miss Buxtehude Consort this weekend featuring the Telemann Cantatas! Here's a sample video and a few pictures from their rehearsal today, to give you a glimpse of what you can expect.
Buy your tickets online,…Continue
Added by Sharon Torello on November 11, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Four talented kids played Mozart's C major String Quartet, K. 465 ("Dissonance") which was not dissonant at all to our ears but takes its name from its start with music that was dissonnant to theirs. They played only wonderfully. As good as they were they quite up to the fantastic performance Monday night of Mozart's String Quartet K. 590. The quality of these recitals is such that to play wonderfully doesn't necessarily put you at the top. I enjoy them all, however and feel blessed in the…Continue
Added by Tim Bosworth on November 10, 2011 at 4:50pm — No Comments
I was fortunate to catch most of two fascinating programs last weekend, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra on November 5, and Network for New Music on November 6.
The Black Pearl under music director Jeri Lynne Johnson is an organization devoted to increased minority participation in classical music. Success in this goal was evident particularly in the very large, racially mixed, and extremely enthusiastic audience at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral at 38th and Walnut. The…
This past Friday and Monday evenings, Curtis offered two more sensational recitals. We begin to run out of adjectives with these kids.
Two pieces of chamber music for winds were offered: on Friday night, Samuel Barber's Summer Music for woodwind flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn; and on Monday night Francis Poulenc's Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano. Barber's music dripped with humidity yet showed flights of fancy characteristic of sultry summer evenings. Poulenc was…Continue
Added by Tim Bosworth on November 9, 2011 at 2:21pm — No Comments
Philmore Ensemble is planning another concert for spring 2012 featuring original works by Philadelphia-based composers. Philmore Ensemble did a concert with this theme in spring 2010 and featured music by composers including, Andrea Clearfield, Allen Krantz, Jeremy Gill, and Cynthia Folio. We would love to utilize the wealth of composers this city has to offer to highlight the artistic prowess of Philadelphia. Our ensemble has a range of possibilities, and we often ask guests to join…Continue
Added by Philmore Ensemble on November 9, 2011 at 2:16pm — No Comments
On Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization will commence its 72nd Season with a FREE joint concert from the D.C. YOUTH ORCHESTRA & PHILADELPHIA YOUTH ORCHESTRA.
The program will include Wagner's Prelude to Die Miestersinger and Dvořák's Symphony No. 9. More than 150 gifted and talented young classical musicians from the Tri-State region and the Greater D.C. area will perform under Jesus Manuel…Continue