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Wanna be a Spice Girl? East Passyunk pop-up choir gives you the chance during Make Music Day at historic Singing Fountain

Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia, get ready to spice up your life! East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, South Fellini and Make Music Philadelphia will host a Spice Girls Pop-Up Choir this Thursday, June 21, 2018 during Make Music Day. The general public is invited to channel their best Scary Spice, Sporty Spice, Baby Spice, Ginger… Continue reading Wanna be a Spice Girl? East Passyunk pop-up choir gives you the chance during Make Music Day at historic Singing Fountain

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Concert Review: The Crossing’s MONTH OF MODERNS 2: Voyages

Concerts like this are magical – something really worked for both settings of the enigmatic poem, Voyages, by Hart Crane. At the pre-concert lecture, Robert Convery told us he set the entire poem in eight days. On the score, he had noted the date June 16, 1993, twenty-five years and one day prior to the… Continue reading Concert Review: The Crossing’s MONTH OF MODERNS 2: Voyages

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The Crossing Announces 2018-2019 Season: Aniara

Season includes debuts at New York Philharmonic and Peak Performances World premiere of choral-theater Work Aniara: fragments of time and space World premieres by Julia Wolfe, Gavin Bryars, Michael Gordon, Thomas Lloyd, and Toivo Tulev PHILADELPHIA, PA (June 18, 2018) — Winner of the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance, The Crossing, with conductor Donald Nally, today announces its… Continue reading The Crossing Announces 2018-2019 Season: Aniara

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Concert Review: The Fred Hersch Trio at the McCarter Jazz Festival

When I heard the cut “Pastorale (for Robert Schumann)” on the album, Solo Fred Hersch, I could not believe my ears. The music was Robert Schumann, but sounded as if Schumann was doodling in a jazzy way with a smooth legato line, dynamic finesse, and impeccable phrasing. I immediately became a Fred Hersch fan. The… Continue reading Concert Review: The Fred Hersch Trio at the McCarter Jazz Festival

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Music Review: Caroline Roman — The voice of her generation

“This is not a moment; it’s the movement.” – Lin-Manuel Miranda Since the 1960s, what has been a key factor in elevating a “moment” to a “movement”? What validates protests, makes them indelible and contemporary? What can turn a sea of persons into a sea of people? The answer, of course, is music. Today’s blowin’… Continue reading Music Review: Caroline Roman — The voice of her generation

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Concert Review: The Crossing’s MONTH OF MODERNS 1: a house

A rehearsal was still in progress at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill on Germantown Avenue ten minutes before the start of the preconcert lecture, but the 26-page program, a polished work in itself, provided ample entertainment as we took seats in the chapel for the preconcert lecture. Donald Nally strode in just in time,… Continue reading Concert Review: The Crossing’s MONTH OF MODERNS 1: a house

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Concert Review: Arcana New Music Ensemble plays James Tenney

James Tenney (1934-2006) was an American composer who studied with Chou Wen-Chung, Edgard Varèse, Carl Ruggles, and Harry Partch. He spent much of his life promoting the music of other composers, including Steve Reich. Tenney was a pioneer in digital synthesis, working at Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1961-64. He was constantly exploring new avenues of… Continue reading Concert Review: Arcana New Music Ensemble plays James Tenney