Philly Celebrates Jazz WRTI Listening Session With Jazz Pianist Orrin Evans 

The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, in partnership with public radio station 90.1 WRTI, presents a live listening session with internationally-renowned jazz pianist Orrin Evans. WRTI’s Jeff Duperon will interview pianist Orrin Evans about his career in
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Adele Wins Album, Record, Song of the Year at Grammys

VOA Adele won the trifecta - album of the year, record of the year, and song of the year - at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night, beating out Beyonce in all three categories. When she won the record of the year, Adele said, "My
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Autopsy: Prince Died of Accidental Fentanyl Overdose

VOA News Autopsy results from the U.S. pop star Prince, who died suddenly in April, show he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller more potent than morphine or heroin. It was not immediately clear if the drug was obtained illegally or by prescription. (more...)

Philly Celebrates Jazz and Honors World-renowned Jazz Bassist Christian McBride

Mayor Jim Kenney will proclaim April as Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month and honor a native son, five-time Grammy Award winner, and world-renowned jazz bassist Christian McBride at the Philly Celebrates Jazz Kick-Off. Held on Monday, March 28 at 3PM in the Mayor’s Reception Room, 2016 marks the City’s 6th annual (more...)

Rolling Stones to Play Free Concert in Cuba

VOA News Legendary British rock band The Rolling Stones will play a free concert in Cuba on March 25, a milestone event in a country where the communist government once banned the group's music as an "ideological deviation." The band added the Concert for Amity show - likely to be the biggest (more...)

Frank Sinatra Remembered in Small Hometown

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Victoria Kupchinetsky, Ramon Taylor Before singer Frank Sinatra became a global household name, he was a local boy from a small New Jersey town across the river from Manhattan. In that town — Hoboken — a street is named after him, and to celebrate Sinatra’s 100th birthday anniversary, Hoboken’s museum (more...)

Pair of #1 Sound Of Philadelphia Classics Also Among Hundreds of TSOP Hits

More than a generation since The Sound of Philadelphia was a chart-topping, worldwide hit-making machine, legendary producer-songwriters and TSOP architects Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff have another #1 smash hit on their hands. But this time it’s in the movies — again. A pair of Gamble & Huff #1 disco classics is prominently featured in Ridley Scott’s The (more...)

A New Breed of Outdoor Movie Has Been Popping up Across The Nation

VOA More than half a century ago, there were 4000 drive-in movie theaters in the United States, and watching a movie from your car was a popular way to spend an evening. But with the number of drive-ins reduced to just a few hundred, a (more...)

Estonian’s U.S. Visit Helped Create Baltic’s Biggest Jazzfest

Over the past 25 years, Jazzkaar in Tallinn, Estonia, has become the biggest jazz festival in the Baltic countries, attracting both famous artists and undiscovered talent. For 10 days each year, more than 3,000 performers from 60 countries perform in Tallinn and other Estonian cities. Jazzkaar’s artistic (more...)

Violinist Philippe Quint Receives Arts Award

Violinist Philippe Quint was awarded the Ambassador of Arts Award at the 16th Anniversary Gala Banquet of the Gateways Organization celebrating The Brownstone Experience. The banquet, held in the Delegates Dining Room at the United Nations, was attended by distinguished elected officials, world business leaders, dignitaries and over 400 prominent (more...)

Instruments And Order: In Search Of “Nature Music”

What is nature’s voice? Does it understand harmony or know melody? Can nature sing? During the early 19th century, many inventors and acousticians were fascinated by the idea of harnessing natural tones. Musicologist Dr. Emily Dolan will explore these early attempts to control the voice of nature in Instruments and Order: In Search of (more...)

New SME Acquisition Deal Brings All PIR Recordings Together

Sony Music Entertainment has completed a historic deal with Philadelphia International Records, securing global ownership of all recordings made for PIR, the groundbreaking hit-making label founded by music icons Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff in 1971. The landmark deal adds all post-1975 PIR recordings to the PIR titles already owned by (more...)

Christmas Spirit Sings in Bethlehem Main Street Flash Mob

A flash mob chorus of more than 100 people literally stopped traffic at Main and Market streets in the historic downtown Saturday night to sing the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah. Out of a bustling Main Street teeming with holiday shoppers, the chorus appeared to spontaneously assemble and grow in (more...)

Hip-Hop: From the Streets to the Mainstream

Hip-hop is more than just music. The term encompasses a whole culture, and that helps explain how it has become one of the most influential elements shaping global entertainment and youth self-expression. All over the world, hip-hop is a tool for explaining the complexities of daily (more...)

Opera: Premiere of Svadba – Wedding by Ana Sokolovic

November production, presented in collaboration with FringeArts, is made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Opera Philadelphia is once again expanding its civic footprint – and its 2013-2014 Season – by launching an annual series that will offer fully staged operas in unexpected (more...)

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