Newly commissioned works at Hill Presbyterian Church

Note-Worthy | March 23rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Lyric Fest, the vocal/instrumental ensemble directed by mezzo Suzanne DuPlantis of East Falls and pianist Laura Ward of Chestnut Hill, is set to present “It’s Elementary” Friday, March 31, in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill at 7:30 p.m. The program, which includes two newly commissioned song cycles, brings together the ancient […]

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Wyndmoor dancer leaps into stardom at NYC Ballet

Arts | March 17th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear When Wyndmoor resident Russell Janzen began taking ballet lessons at the callow age of 6 at Philadelphia’s Rock School for Dance Education, it was quickly apparent that he had a special talent. By the time he was 13 he was taking seven ballet classes a week, and it was evident even to […]

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Violet from Tennessee does not blossom in N.W. Philly

Arts | March 13th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter The closer Tennessee Williams got to his troubled family the better his writing became. Now running at Old Academy Players, “Suddenly Last Summer” (1958), was one of several plays rooted in painful memories of his southern belle mother and his mentally disturbed sister, Rose. The plot is simple and savage. Aging New […]

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From horrific childhood to major success in art world

Arts | March 10th, 2017 | 2 Comments

by Len Lear Almost everyone loves a story of rags to riches, a saga of someone who has overcome an excruciatingly painful background and through extraordinarily hard work, tenacity and just plain guts, has become super-successful in business, the arts, etc. Someone who has even become a role model to be emulated by anyone who […]

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Passion of Choral Evensong at St. Paul’s memorable

Note-Worthy | March 9th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, marked the last Sunday before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday with a Choral Evensong Feb. 29. The afternoon service’s roster of music included scores by Johann Sebastian Bach, Thomas Tallis, Bryon Adams and Ralph Vaughan Williams. In almost any other setting, the afternoon’s opening […]

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Brilliant abstracts in Woodmere teacher’s solo exhibit

Arts | March 2nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Woodmere art teacher Val Rossman, whose own work is redolent of the gorgeous shapes, angles and bold colors of Mondrian, Kandinsky, Jasper Johns, Paul Klee, Willem DeKooning and the other giants of the 20th century abstract art world, has a history of solo shows, awards and grants, group exhibits and art collections […]

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‘Exhausting and electrifying’ music-making at St. Paul’s

Note-Worthy | March 1st, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Friday evening’s piano recital by the Bulgarian-born Viktor Valkov was surpassingly important on four counts. First, every “Five Friday Concert for Community” at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, is of paramount importance because it raises funds for Face-to-Face Germantown and Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network. Secondly, the recitals usually feature a […]

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Local artist/musician extraordinaire exhibiting on Hill

Arts | February 24th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear If I saw Henry Martin’s work on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I would not be surprised. It is simply gorgeous. Martin, 53, of Mt. Airy, who is also a talented musician, currently has an exhibit of his stunning work on display at Borrelli’s Chestnut Hill Gallery, One E. Gravers […]

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