Superb revival of ‘Awake and Sing’ on Mount Airy stage

Arts | January 31st, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter The American classic “Awake & Sing!” (1935) by Philadelphia born Clifford Odets is seldom performed. Is it too difficult to stage or too “left-wing” for an American audience? In either event, do yourself a favor and take in the superb revival now running at Quintessence Theatre Group. Under the deft direction of […]

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From Chile to Chestnut Hill with love (and stunning art)!

Arts | January 30th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Elizabeth Coady Paula Marcela Andrade’s paintings are like changing moods captured on canvas and board. Abstraction is the métier of her patterned textured squares and jagged curves that evoke contemplation and which she says were inspired by the death of her beloved father. The 40-something mom of an 11-year-old son, who teaches Spanish to […]

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Hill pianist produces Golden, heavenly sounds — free!

Arts | January 30th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Barbara Golden, who has lived in Chestnut Hill since June, 2015, so she could be close to her daughter and her family in Wyndmoor, may not be a symphony orchestra soloist, but a listing of her audience-delighting performances would literally take up this entire article and much more. Golden, 67, a music […]

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Magnificent chamber music at Hill Presbyterian Church

Arts, Note Worthy | January 30th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill hosted the first of this year’s “Cantatas and Chamber Music” series of recitals Sunday, Jan. 20. The performers were pianist Mark Livshits, violinist Kimberly Fisher and cellist John Koen. The latter two are longtime members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Livshits is a recently graduated BM/MM/DMA alumnus […]

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Mt. Airyite has sung more roles than anyone on earth

Arts | January 24th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Opera News magazine has often praised famed Spanish operatic tenor Placido Domingo, 77, for allegedly having performed more different operatic roles than any other (famous) opera singer. According to Wikipedia, “Domingo has sung 150 roles in Italian, French, German, English, Spanish and Russian” over 58 years. Certainly an impressive body of work, […]

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From San Diego to Chestnut Hill to make beautiful music

Arts, Note Worthy | January 24th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, will present organist Chelsea Chen in recital Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The performance is part of the church’s “Five Fridays: Concerts for the Community” series that raises money for local charities. Proceeds will also benefit the “Ann Stookey Fund for Music at St. Paul’s […]

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Tripping a boy leads to career for Allens Lane director

Arts | January 24th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston Nick is a young, carefree, single Italian-American guy from New Jersey who spends nearly every Sunday afternoon visiting and dining with both sets of grandparents. One Thursday afternoon he makes an unscheduled visit to announce that his employer will be promoting him and relocating him to Seattle, Washington in a few months. […]

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‘Girls’ loses something in journey from film to stage

Arts | January 24th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter It is common for playwrights to turn their dramas into movies, but it’s more dicey to redraft a movie script into a play. Tim Firth’s plodding “Calendar Girls” (2009), now running at Old Academy Players in East Falls, is a case in point. The hit movie “Calendar Girls” (2003), starring Hellen Mirren […]

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