Yardbird composer Daniel Schnyder went well beyond 1930s popular music (the legacy that Parker and cohorts unabashedly used as a foil to create the new bebop jazz) to create a unique synthesis of many other musical ingredients and flavors.
While Bonhoeffer’s theology is important, we remember him today for his courage in seeing through the Nazis' lies and his willingness to die so that others might live. While it asks penetrating questions, this play is ultimately about Bonhoeffer the man.
The recent performance of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society emphasized lyrical beauty over struggle, power, and tension, yet in its own way it achieved a measure of greatness and depth of feeling.
This youthful choir performed difficult scores with great skill and glowing voices. George Bernard Shaw bemoaned that “Youth is wasted on the young,” but these gifted and devoted singers remind us that such is not always the case.
In recognition of two important anniversaries — the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps and the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Vatican II decree condemning anti-Semitism —the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is premiering Stephen Paulus’s Holocaust memorial oratorio, To Be Certain of the Dawn.
This fascinating book about psychodrama founder J.L. Moreno written by his son, Penn professor Jonathan D. Moreno, covers many aspects of 20th-century life and thought, including improvisational theater. Although the book bears a great deal on the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and self-help/personal growth, this review highlights Moreno’s contributions to theater and dramaturgy.
The Orion players considered the Haydn masterworks worthy of the same attention as the Reger and Schoenberg. Their playing effectively countered the tendency to hear Haydn as a lightweight compared to those who followed him.
These consummate musicians artfully employed the spectral appearance of otherwise hidden connotations to achieve a postmodern surrealism which, rather than disturbing the composers’ intentions, added to the interest and intrigue of the works.
Birdman is a film that asks and doesn’t answer important questions about life, art, and cyberspace.
Like many other societies past and present, and despite its emphasis on freedom and democracy, American society has, for good or ill, grown and developed through the use of aggression as a means for enhancing self-interest and power.