Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774
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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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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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