PRESS RELEASE: LiveConnections Announces 2017-18 Season of Community Collaboration

Philadelphia - 9/13/2017 — 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.


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

Philadelphia - 8/22/2017 — 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!



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

Philadelphia 4/25/2017 — 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.





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

Philadelphia 3/8/2017 — LiveConnections presents the unique pairing April 18 (during Philly Celebrates Jazz month), featuring world premieres of newly-commissioned music.




PRESS RELEASE: LiveConnections Celebrates Black History Month with Innovative Music Education and Concerts

Philadelphia 1/18/2017 — LiveConnections is hosting a series of unique and innovative programs throughout the month of February that celebrate Black History Month through education programs, live performance, and more.




PRESS RELEASE: Liveconnections Presents Evening of String Innovations with Cellist Nicholas Photinos and Bassist Florent Ghys

Philadelphia 12/25/2016 — LiveConnections rings in the new year on Friday, January 27 as two critically-acclaimed string artists perform an evening of innovative works.




PRESS RELEASE: LiveConnections Presents Sybarite5 and Jakub Ciupinski in World Premiere for String Quintet and Theremin

Philadelphia 10/25/2016 — LiveConnections presents “rock star” string quintet SYBARITE5 in a unique collaboration with theremin composer and performer Jakub Ciupinski on Thursday, December 1. Drawing on electronica, rock and classical music, Ciupinski’s world premiere (commissioned by LiveConnections) disrupts conventional musical structures, allowing the strings to groove and the theremin to be the expressive soloist. The program features music from Sybarite5’s new album “Outliers,” and works by Radiohead, Dan Visconti, Kenji Bunch and more.


PRESS RELEASE: LiveConnections honors WXPN host Helen Leicht with its “Connector Award”

Philadelphia 8/22/2016 — LiveConnections presents its second Connector Award to WXPN radio host Helen Leicht, in honor of her 40 years on the Philadelphia airwaves and her dedication to connecting musicians and communities. The award will be presented at LiveConnections annual gala, the Big Hurrah, held on October 6 at World Cafe Live. The Big Hurrah captures the spirit of LiveConnections’ collaborative, community-building programming, featuring the best of LiveConnections artists and showcasing student performances from LiveConnections’ partner schools.


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