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Written by Karina Kacala   
Published on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:30

LiveConnections Transcends Musical Boundaries

with Two Eclectic November Concerts

Classical Music Collides with Electronica, Folk, Spoken Word, and More


Andrew Lipke & the Aizuri Quartet with Denice Frohman

What: A fusion of indie rock, classical music, and spoken word poetry
When: Thursday, November 6 at 7:30 PM
Venue: World Cafe Live - Philadelphia (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA)
Tickets: $25 general admission, $18 students with ID

Michi Wiancko & Judd Greenstein
What: Classical chamber-pop with echoes of folk, jazz, and electronica
When: Sunday, November 23 at 12:00 PM
Venue: World Cafe Live - Philadelphia (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA)
Tickets: $18 general admission, $13 students with ID

PHILADELPHIA — LiveConnections kicks off their 2014-2015 ClassicAlive concert series with two innovative shows in November. On November 6th, indie rock, classical music, and spoken word collide when singer-songwriter Andrew Lipke premieres a new work for the Aizuri Quartet, the latest string quartet-in-residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. They’ll be joined by special guest Denice Frohman, champion of the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam, performing her poem “Anniversary,” set to new music by Lipke. On November 23rd, New York-based composer-performers Michi Wiancko and Judd Greenstein present original works, including a world premiere, for 5-string violin, Fender Rhodes keys and electronics. Drawing from multiple sources of inspiration and influence, Wiancko and Greenstein showcase classical chamber-pop with echoes of folk, jazz and electronica.

As part of the relaxed nature of both concerts, the full restaurant and bar at World Cafe Live will be open, serving dinner on November 6th and brunch on November 23rd.

The November 6th concert also marks the beginning of a series of commissions supported by the Presser Foundation 75th Anniversary grants. LiveConnections curator, Mary Javian, says, “We are celebrating Philadelphia’s rich musical history by commissioning local composers of other genres to write for classically trained groups. The fact that the composers also perform their pieces make these events personal and unique.”

Now in its seventh year, LiveConnections brings together musicians of diverse backgrounds who may not typically perform together, to reach similarly diverse audiences. Lipke, a five-year veteran of LiveConnections programming, says, “The collaborative, boundary-crossing nature of this concert epitomizes LiveConnections. The premiere of a piece commissioned by a composer with my non-traditional, varied musical background is a testament to LiveConnection's courage, vision, and support of Philadelphia's wonderfully eclectic music community.”

In addition to presenting public concerts, LiveConnections remains committed to reaching underserved audiences with its innovative music. The Lipke/Aizuri/Frohman performance will be webcast live through LiveConnection’s new video initiative, LiveStudio, reaching adults with physical and cognitive disabilities who are unable to travel to the venue. Additionally, Wiancko and Greenstein will present two Bridge Sessions, LiveConnections’ signature educational programming, for 200 students from four Philadelphia schools. Bridge Sessions explore diverse musical styles and cultures through hands-on activities, providing educational opportunities for many schools with little or no in-school music programming.

Founded in 2008, LiveConnections creates innovative, boundary-crossing music programming and education out of partner venue World Cafe Live. Through live concerts, interactive programs for youth and video technology, LiveConnections commissions collaborations that join artists from different genres — such as classical, world, jazz and popular styles — to highlight how music crosses cultures and to reimagine the landscape of live music. Our programs reach people who would not normally experience this kind of music, from urban youth to special needs populations to general audiences. ClassicAlive concerts expand how classical music is experienced through cross-genre collaborations, new and engaging repertoire and a relaxed atmosphere. The 2014-2015 season features six concerts highlighting artists who write and perform their own original music. For more information, visit liveconnections.org.



Karina Kacala, publicist
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Andrew Lipke
Andrew Lipke / PHOTO: Doug Seymour


Aizuri Quartet
Aizuri Quartet / PHOTO: Jamie Jung


Denice Frohman
Denice Frohman / PHOTO: Carina Romano


Michi Wiancko
Michi Wiancko / PHOTO: Janette Beckman


Judd Greenstein
Judd Greenstein / PHOTO: Joshua Frankel