David W. Webber has had a multifaceted career spanning public interest legal services, nonprofit organizational management and fundraising, and public health policy advocacy. As if that were not enough, he was an avid double bassist but now restricts his music-making to the cello. He serves on the board of the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, which celebrated its bicentennial in 2022. His latest book, The Music of Friends: 75 Years of the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East, was released in 2020. His essays about law, music, books, writing, and literature are on his blog, The Consequences of a Liberal Education. He lives in Mt. Airy with his wife, Jeannine.
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Lockdown reminds us Beethoven’s chamber music isn’t only for professionals
Beethoven and the amateurs
The COVID-19 pandemic halted not only the celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, but also music-making within the amateur community. Public concert series are unlikely to be rescheduled, but David W. Webber promises that amateurs will take up the celebration again.
Honoring Jan Krzywicki as a composer, conductor, and teacher
Thirty years of contributions to the community
Network for New Music is honoring Jan Krzywicki, its ensemble conductor for more than 30 years, for his many contributions to the New Music community. David W. Webber profiles.
The Wildflower Composers Festival and the future of contemporary music
A concert in collaboration with the Arcana New Music Ensemble
In its fifth year, the Wildflower Composers Festival continues to push for the equitable inclusion of gender-marginalized composers. David W. Webber previews.
Dancing with History: A Life for Peace and Justice, by George Lakey
The right side of history
Lifelong Philly-area activist George Lakey takes us from his working-class Pennsylvania childhood to his career as a leading practitioner, theoretician, and teacher of nonviolent social-change activism. David W. Webber reviews.