Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774
Scion of instrumental greats keys in on his own career
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Dr. Marsha Bryan Edelman, JE Feature
Jonathan Biss is looking forward to returning to Philadelphia, and a reunion with friends he made during his four years of undergraduate study here. Like many visitors to the region, he will stop at some of the city's best known cultural venues. Unlike most, though, his seat will be at center stage, as featured soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, from...
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
James Undercofler's new position as president/CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association is a homecoming of sorts. Born in Ardmore, he attended Philadelphia Orchestra young people's concerts and studied the French horn with Clarence Mayer, a member of the ensemble's horn section. He is the only CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra -- and probably one of very few orchestra administrators throughout...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
The Trolleyvox just keeps getting better. The musical chemistry between singer Beth Filla and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Chalfen has been obvious since the outset, but seven years down the line, they've made their best record yet. "The Karaoke Meltdowns," released recently, shimmers with sweet melodies and pretty power-pop guitar. Previous outings had charms of their own, but the Philly group's lucky...
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Listen to local composer Andrea Clearfield discuss her creative process, and it almost sounds like she's got a paintbrush in her hand. Sipping a cup of coffee at La Colombe last week, the 46-year-old brunette described the "undulating bassoons" in one piece as "dark and velvety." Later, she referred to the same work's text as "an ocean of chant." As...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Somewhere near the West Virginia-Kentucky border, the portable CD player ran out of juice. My friend John was in the driver's seat, so it was up to me to replace the batteries. Now, I'm a klutz, and I know it. Anything that involves a sharp object -- even buttering a bagel -- is bound to end badly, so I'm smart...
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