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Graffito Works Launches in Philly

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 1:48 PM

A dozen of Philadelphia's most accomplished and experimental dance artists have joined Graffito Works; a new company formed by New York-Philly based artistic director Steven Weisz and is his most ambitious dance project yet.

Graffito Works launched this month at Grounds For Sculpture gallery in Hamilton, NJ and at...

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New Philly Digs for InterAct Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 9:37 PM

Philly's InterAct Theatre Company is finishing their 28th and most ambitious season presenting four productions of new plays. Artistic director Seth Rozin capping it off directing the premiere of The Three Christs of Manhattan, which he also wrote.

As if that wasn't enough to do, things also got...

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Fab Phils Pumped for European Tour

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 1:21 PM

YNS caps off a championship season in Philly

Yannick Nézet-Séguin primed the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philly, in preparation for their current European tour, which includes performances in Vienna, Dresden, Paris, Luxembourg, Cologne, London, Berlin, el. al, over three weeks. It is the first European tour the orchestra has been...

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Cassandra Wilson's Unique Holiday Tribute

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 2:34 PM

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Billie Holiday was born in Philadelphia in 1915, grew up in Baltimore, moved to New York, started to sing while still in her teens and soon changed music history as the inimitable Lady Day. To honor Billie's centenary year, Cassandra Wilson latest...

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Eternal Jazz Vanguards

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 6:12 PM

April is jazz appreciation month and Philadelphia is celebrating in bars, clubs and opera houses all over town. The one-night-only appearance of jazz masters Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea proved to be a stellar highlight.

2015-04-14-1429048833-3334111-HerbieChickattheAcademyofMusic.jpgHancock and Corea at the Academy of Music...
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New Bio of Lady Day Has Body and Soul

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 7:23 PM

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To kick off jazz appreciation month on the centenary of her birth, jazz writer John Szwed has just released Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth . As iconic as Lady Day is, the woman, artist and her personality, her singular jazz artistry...

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Vanguards Jason Moran & The Bandwagon in Philly

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 9:44 AM

Jazz pianist-composer Jason Moran returns to the Kimmel Center for a one night only concert March 29 with The Bandwagon, his trio with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits. Moran was nominated for an Oscar for his score for the movie Selma. Moran is not only a prolific composer...

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Ludwig Scores Cymbeline

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 12:26 PM

Bucks County native David Ludwig's is from an illustrious family of musicians (his grandfather was legendary pianist Rudolf Serkin), but he has been on his own musical trajectory as a composer. Along with a constant stream of commissions by orchestras, chamber groups and virtuoso performers, Ludwig teaches composition at the...

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Gergiev in Philly

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 3:45 PM

It was not without irony that Russian maestro Valery Gergiev was conducting Russian classics by Sergei Prokofiev and Dimitri Shostakovich for his two concert evenings in front of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Gergiev is principal conductor at the London Symphony Orchestra and artistic-general director of the storied Mariinsky Theatre, is a...

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PhiladelphiaTheatreCo. Celebrates 40 With Stars Aligned

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 1:48 PM

The Philadelphia Theatre Company is marking its 40th anniversary season and weathering a rough season of solving ongoing fiscal problems. Meanwhile, the shows must go on, Sara Garonzik, PTC's artistic director said this week "and more" as the company looks to the future with Theatre Masters Series.

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Reed Luplau's Wilde Dances in Opera Philadelphia's Oscar

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 2:19 PM

Opera Philadelphia is presenting the East Coast premiere of Oscar by composer Theodore Morrison and librettist John Cox. The production is a co-commission with The Santa Fe Opera, where it opened at Santa Fe Opera in 2013 under the stage director Kevin Newbury and Conductor Evan Rogister, who are...

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The Joyous Choreographic World of Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 5:00 PM

The Miami based troupe Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre is in the line-up this month of a vibrant season of international dance companies being presented at Dance Celebration at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia. 2015-01-14-RoseHerreraDanceTheatreAdamReign.jpg (photo Adam Reign)

Rosie Herrera has emerged as one of...

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Cirque De La Symphonie P+Fab Phils = Classical Fun

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 2:31 PM

Cirque de la Symphonie returned to Verizon Hall in front of and often flying over the musicians of thePhiladelphia Orchestra with their troupe of aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, clowns and contortionists. Christian Marcelaru, Phil. Orch. dynamic associate conductor, dug into a wildly diverse play list of familiar repertory and excerpted works...

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Queen of Soul Commands in Philly

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 2:53 PM

Singers come and go... and then there's Aretha, the undisputed Queen of Soul, still playing to audiences who clamor to hear her iconic hits from the '60s, but know she has always has something more to say musically. Franklin likes to dip into the past, but has no intentions of...

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All I Want for Christmas Is JUNK

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 12:54 PM

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Want a holiday entertainment but loathing the thought of sugar plum fairies? Tired of standard holiday fare in theater and in the concert hall? Consider catching JUNK- that's choreographer Brian Sanders' acrobatic dance troupe JUNK, currently unwrapping their leaded tinsel show 1.1...

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Philly's 3 Legendary Sax Tenors Highlight Sterling JOP Concert

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 9:35 AM

Trumpeter/bandleader Terell Stafford returned to the Kimmel Center Dec. 3 with his 17-piece Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia , after touring, in a second appearance here, sounding even tighter than they did at their inaugural last January, which is saying something.

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Rossini's Hot Playlist

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 12:56 PM

What is it about Rossini operas that make them still hot tickets? Could it be those galloping orchestrals or heart-stopping vocal vaults? Or perhaps those preposterous story lines are needed distractions in a time of stress. Who knows, who cares, opera fans in Philly can't get enough. In September, Opera...

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Extra! Extra! Newsies Delivers on Tour

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 3:48 PM

Those dance dynamo paperboys of Newsies occupied the Academy of Music in Philly for the kick-off of their boffo 1st National Tour of the 2012 multi-Tony Award winning musical. Who says they don't write musicals like this anymore? Harvey Fierstein (book), Alan Menken (music) and Jack Feldman (lyrics) and the...

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Dance Celebration Dances on With Stellar Line-Up

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 8:51 PM

Those unabashedly buff Ballet Boyz, late of the Royal Ballet; kick off the 2014-15 Dance Celebration season this month as part of artistic director Randy Swartz's programming that includes performances by seven international companies. For three decades Swartz has nurtured the Annenberg Center as a vital venue for every genre...

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Dito Reigns Onstage the Count and Martha

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 6:14 PM

Last month, donning a Versailles mini-gown and disco heels, drag vocalist Martha Graham Cracker serenaded the overflowing crowd at the official opening of FringeArts stage and brasserie to open the 2014 FringeArts Festival.

Festival director Nick Stuccio asked Martha, aka Dito Van Reigersberg, to be the opening act and...

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