EDUCATION

LiveConnections' Bridge Sessions and in-school residencies provide interactive educational opportunities for youth from city schools & people with disabilities.
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CONCERTS

Our LiveConnections Presents concert series features six collaborative concerts each year designed for adventurous music-lovers.
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ACCESSIBILITY


We prioritize accessibility for people with disabilities through Bridge Sessions, workshops & live webcasts.
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LiveConnections’ ClassicAlive Concert Series Continues,

Sharing Unexpected Musical Collaborations with the Community

Three concerts transcend musical and accessibility boundaries

 

EVENT DETAILS

LiveConnections presents FLUTRONIX AND RYAN MATTHEWS
WHAT: Soulful flute/voice duo meets trombone electronica
WHEN: Friday, March 20 at 7:30 PM
VENUE: World Cafe Live - Philadelphia (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA)
TICKETS: $18 general admission, $13 students with ID
URL: liveconnections.org/flutronix-matthews

LiveConnections presents URI CAINE AND PRISM QUARTET
WHAT: Jazz pianist and composer crafts a new work for the acclaimed saxophone group
WHEN: Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 PM
VENUE: World Cafe Live - Philadelphia (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA)
TICKETS: $25 general admission, $18 students with ID
URL: liveconnections.org/caine-prism

LiveConnections presents JASON VIEAUX AND THE AL-BUSTAN TAKHT ENSEMBLE
WHAT: Grammy award-winner Vieaux melds Arabic melodies with western classical guitar stylings
WHEN: Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 PM
VENUE: World Cafe Live - Philadelphia (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA)
TICKETS: $25 general admission, $18 students with ID
URL: liveconnections.org/vieaux-takht


PHILADELPHIA - LiveConnections continues its 2014-2015 ClassicAlive concert series with three unique concerts featuring a Grammy winner and nominee, world premieres of new works, and an eclectic roster of acclaimed artists from Philadelphia and across the country. Now in its seventh year, LiveConnections brings together musicians of diverse backgrounds who may not typically perform together, to reach similarly diverse audiences through outreach programs and technology. Their concerts take place at their partner venue World Cafe Live. According to Executive Director Melinda Steffy, “At LiveConnections, we talk about music as a universal language that builds community. With these three concerts, not only is the music itself boundary-crossing, but the artists will be able to connect with audiences who might not otherwise hear the music.”

In addition to the ClassicAlive concert series, LiveConnections presents interactive educational performances called Bridge Sessions that explore diverse musical styles and cultures through hands-on activities, providing educational opportunities for many schools with little or no in-school music programming. LiveConnection’s new video initiative, LiveStudio, uses webcasts to reach individuals with disabilities who are unable to travel to the venue.

Details about each concert and community outreach component are below.

  • On March 20, New York-based flute duo Flutronix collaborates with Philadelphia artist Ryan Matthews, merging Flutronix’s unique flute sound with Matthews’ trombone-meets-electronica stylings. Flutronix is Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull, hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.” They have worked with a diverse range of classical, pop, and hip-hop artists. They now add Matthews, a Curtis Institute of Music graduate, to their list of collaborators, adding an electronica filter to their unique sound. On March 19, Flutronix and Matthews will present Bridge Sessions for 230 students from three Philadelphia-area schools at partner venue World Cafe Live.
  • On April 16, Philadelphia’s Uri Caine, the Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and composer, joins the PRISM Quartet, comprised of leading classical saxophonists from across the country, for a concert of adventurous new classical and jazz works. Building on the artists’ reputations as innovators, LiveConnections has commissioned Caine to write new music for PRISM that fuses jazz, classical and contemporary styles as part of a series of commissions supported by the Presser Foundation 75th Anniversary grants. The concert will be live-streamed through LiveConnections’ LiveStudio initiative to reach people in retirement homes and residential facilities who are unable to travel to the venue.
  • On May 7, classical guitar virtuoso and recent Grammy award-winner Jason Vieaux performs with the Takht Ensemble from Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture in a concert that crosses cultural and musical boundaries. Bridging Western classical and traditional Arab music, the concert includes a world premiere by local Syrian composer Kinan Abou-afach. The concert will be live-streamed through the LiveStudio initiative and, on the morning of May 7, the artists will present Bridge Sessions for 300 students from five Philadelphia-area schools at partner venue World Cafe Live.

As part of the relaxed nature of LiveConnections concerts, the full restaurant and bar at World Cafe Live will be open and serving dinner during all ClassicAlive performances.

 ABOUT LIVECONNECTIONS

LiveConnections creates unique programs that inspire learning and build community through collaborative music-making. In 2008, a team of artists, educators and entrepreneurs founded LiveConnections to address declining music education in Philly schools and tap into the people-connecting power of music. We are a nonprofit organization in residence at World Cafe Live.

Each year, LiveConnections brings more than 5,000 students from city schools to World Cafe Live for our signature Bridge Sessions. These interactive educational programs blend live performances with hands-on activities, introducing students to diverse musical cultures and building skills in listening, expressing ideas and synthesizing new information. We also offer a number of in-school and after-school residencies at partner schools, providing sustained, in-depth music-making experiences for young people.

LiveConnections prioritizes accessibility for people with disabilities who face barriers to participation in the arts. We present several Bridge Sessions annually targeted for youth and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities, and our interactive, adaptive approach means individuals may fully engage at their own ability levels. Live webcasts of select sessions allow people unable to travel to the venue to participate.

In the spirit of innovative community-building that drives our organization, LiveConnections curates a critically acclaimed concert series featuring adventurous, boundary-crossing collaborations. Our LiveConnections Presents series puts together Grammy winners, local talent and rising stars. We frequently commission new music that blends musical styles and cultures.

 

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Flutronix
Flutronix / PHOTO: Erin Patrice O’Brien

 

Ryan Matthews
Ryan Matthews / PHOTO: courtesy of the artist

 

Uri Caine
Uri Caine / PHOTO: Bill Douthart

 

PRISM Quartet
PRISM Quartet / PHOTO: Jacqueline Hanna

 

Jason Vieaux
Jason Vieaux / PHOTO: Tyler Boye

 

Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble
Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble / PHOTO: Jacques-Jean Tiziou, courtesy of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

 

Latest News

LiveConnections Announces 2017-18 Season of Community Collaboration

September 13, 2017 — Can music build community? This season’s performances provide the opportunity for musicians to create distinctive, boundary-blurring music, often involving new commissions and world premieres, while collaborating with members of the greater Philadelphia community and beyond. Programs include performances by Fifth House Ensemble, Jason Vieaux, VOCES8, Kinan Azmeh, Aizuri Quartet, and more.

LiveConnections Honors Drexel ExCITe Center’s Youngmoo Kim at Big Hurrah Celebration

August 22, 2017 — LiveConnections is thrilled to honor Youngmoo Kim, director of Drexel University’s ExCITe Center, with our 3rd annual Connector Award at this year's Big Hurrah on November 14. The evening will also include performances from Andrew Lipke, Angela Zator Nelson, David Rosen, Allen Pinkney, Luke Carlos O’Reilly, Kwasi Burgee, and more!

Announcing Hill-Freedman World Academy's album "First Verse" | July reflections from executive director Melinda Steffy

July 5, 2017 — Sometimes a simple connection takes on a life of its own. Read more from executive director Melinda Steffy about the making of the Hill-Freedman album, "First Verse".

It's been an inspiring season | June reflections from executive director Melinda Steffy

June 14, 2017 — We've had an inspiring year here at LiveConnections. 4600 participants in our educational programs, 5 commissions of new concert music, more than 45 tremendously talented artists. Take a look at our 2016-2017 year in review.

LA Opera’s Elizabeth Zharoff and Award-Winning Double Bassist Xavier Foley Team Up to Premiere Video Game Music at LiveConnections

April 25, 2017 — On June 2, two Curtis Institute grads will present an evening of classical tunes and original video game compositions at LiveConnections, in residence at World Cafe Live.

 

Kids Count 2017

April 17, 2017 — Help us raise $40,000 in 10 days through our annual Kids Count Campaign! Proceeds support our interactive Bridge Sessions; our in-school residencies where students write poetry, create their own drums and record original songs; our distinctive music education that inspires learning about collaboration, identity, social change and more.

Impact that can't be quantified | April reflections from executive director Melinda Steffy

April 3, 2017 — So much of what LiveConnections does can't be quantified. Read more from executive director Melinda Steffy about our impact on relationships, identity, opportunity and inspiration.

 

Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Bassist John Patitucci Teams Up With Daedalus Quartet In Philadelphia

March 8, 2017 — LiveConnections presents the unique pairing of John Patitucci and Daedalus Quartet on April 18 (during Philly Celebrates Jazz month), featuring world premieres of newly-commissioned music.

 

Seeds that grew into branches | March reflections from executive director Melinda Steffy

March 1, 2017 — "Seeds that grew into branches." That's how vocalist Allen Pinkney described spirituals' influence on other styles of music, such as blues, jazz, gospel and hip-hop. Read more from executive director Melinda Steffy about musical family trees and new ideas taking root.

The people are the best part | February reflections from executive director Melinda Steffy

February 2, 2017 — With "collaborative music-making" as part of our mission, we get to cross paths with a lot of remarkable people. Read more from executive director Melinda Steffy about what some of our artist collaborators have been up to recently.

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$5000 School Sponsor

Drexel University

 

World Cafe Live

 

WXPN

 

 

$2500 Collaboration Sponsor

Cenero

 

Deloitte

 

Fox Rothschild

 

Pepper Hamilton

 

University of Pennsylvania

 

WRTI

 

 

$1000 Connecting Sponsors

Ballard Spahr

 

BB&T

 

Chubb

 

Cozen O'Connor

 

Curtis Institute of Music

 

Jonathan Fink Group

 

Philadelphia Insurance Companies

 

 

$500 Sponsors
The Art Shop
BWA architecture + planning
Coscia Moos Architecture, LLC
Grace Tavern
Keystone First
University City Science Center

 

 

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Foundation Support 2016-2017:
Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation
Corrine R. & Henry Bower Memorial Trust
CHG Charitable Trust
Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
The Allen Hilles Fund
Independence Foundation
Patricia Kind Family Foundation
Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
Christopher Ludwick Foundation
The Presser Foundation
Rosenlund Family Foundation
Caroline J.S. Sanders Trust
The Scholler Foundation
Howell Lockhart Seiple Trust
Seybert Foundation
Joseph Kennard Skilling Trust
Paula Steinebach Trust
Strauss Foundation
Union Benevolent Association
Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial
Wyncote Foundation

 

 

Additional Support:

LiveConnections is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

 

 

Additional support provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

 

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