Sunday, February 1, 2015 Shevat 12, 5775
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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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
Ricardo Muti's return to the podium of the Philadelphia Orchestra was much anticipated after his eventful -- some would say controversial -- tenure at its helm in the 1990s. But it wasn't to be. At the beginning of the week of Muti's subscription series, management announced that he would not be conducting because of a severe case of flu. With...
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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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