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


Our LiveConnections Presents concert series features collaborative concerts designed for adventurous music-lovers.


We prioritize accessibility for people with disabilities through Bridge Sessions, workshops & live webcasts.

LiveConnections’ ClassicAlive Concert Series Continues,

Sharing Unexpected Musical Collaborations with the Community

Three concerts transcend musical and accessibility boundaries



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

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

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

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.


LiveConnections, a nonprofit organization in residence at World Cafe Live, creates programs that inspire learning and build community through collaborative music-making. In 2008, a team of artists, educators and entrepreneurs founded LiveConnections to boost music education for under-resourced Philadelphia schools and tap into the people-connecting power of music. Across all of our programs, LiveConnections is committed to artistry of the highest caliber, collaboration, community-building and accessibility/inclusion. We approach live music as an essential social and educational experience that helps create engaged and well-rounded global citizens.

Each year, LiveConnections reaches 5,000 participants with our dynamic educational programs. Bridge Sessions, our signature interactive performances at World Cafe Live, blend live music with hands-on activities. Sessions introduce students from Philadelphia public schools and youth and adults with disabilities to diverse musical cultures and build skills in listening, expressing ideas and synthesizing new information. We also offer in-school and after-school residencies at partner schools, providing sustained, in-depth music-making experiences for young people from under-resourced schools.

LiveConnections prioritizes accessibility for people with disabilities who face barriers to participation in the arts. We present Bridge Sessions and in-facility workshops 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.

In addition, LiveConnections curates a critically acclaimed concert series featuring adventurous, boundary-crossing collaborations. Our LiveConnections Presents concerts feature Grammy winners, local talent and rising stars; we frequently commission new music that blends musical styles and cultures; and our concert artists participate in our educational and community programming.




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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


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