December 1, 2016 — If you've followed LiveConnections for any length of time, you'll know we talk a lot about "collaboration." WHY do we focus so much on collaboration? Because we have seen that when people work together - outside of their comfort zones, from different backgrounds - beautiful and inspiring things happen. Read more from executive director Melinda Steffy on why LiveConnections values collaboration.
November 1, 2016 — LiveConnections' executive director Melinda Steffy reflects on "lighting sparks" and ways that LiveConnections' programs inspire passion and enthusiasm. Includes updates on our "A Day in My Life" album being on the first round Grammy ballot, Helen Leicht receiving our Connector Award at the Big Hurrah, and our upcoming concert with SYBARITE5 and Jakub Ciupinski on December 1.
September 1, 2016 — LiveConnections' executive director Melinda Steffy reflects on ideas of "home" through our Connector Award honoring Helen Leicht, our "A Day in My Life" album created with Houston School students, LiveConnections' commission of Syrian-born composer Kinan Abou-afach, our annual partnership with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and our kick-off LiveConnections Presents concert.
August 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.
May 17, 2016—Listen to “A Day in My Life,” the album we created with Henry H. Houston School in Philadelphia, and learn more about the project — from the first assemblies at Houston to making a music video to presenting the album at the PA Capitol Building. Check out the 16 original songs featuring more than 30 Houston students, lead project artists Andrew Lipke and David Bradley, and numerous guest artists.
April 27, 2016 — For the sixth and final concert of its eclectic 2015-2016 season, the LiveConnections Presents concert series features Eighth Blackbird on Wednesday, June 8. Having recently won their fourth Grammy for the album Filament, the contemporary ensemble will present a diverse array of pieces, mixing up traditional presentational styles.
April 15, 2016 — We’re gearing up for our 2016 Kids Count Campaign—our goal is to raise $35,000 in just 10 days, from May 9-18. That means thousands of Philly kids being inspired by live music through our interactive Bridge Sessions.
March 7, 2016 — Considered one of the hottest ensembles in Philadelphia, Ensemble39's unique mix of strings and winds embraces many musical styles, including classical, jazz, klezmer, and more. For the LiveConnections Presents concert, they will perform the world premiere of a work by Kinan Abou-afach, commissioned by LiveConnections as part of its “New Sound of Philadelphia” project, which features genre-crossing commissions of Philadelphia-based composers writing for local ensembles.
March 2, 2016 — Live Connections had the honor of speaking with movement artist and 2015 Leeway Transformation Award recipient, Lela Aisha Jones. She touches on what inspires her to create such impactful work.
January 18, 2016 — LiveConnections pairs a rising classical music star, cellist and Astra Artist Gabriel Cabezas, with the innovative Sandbox Percussion ensemble for the fourth concert of its 2015-2016 LiveConnections Presents concert series on Friday, February 12. Cabezas, who was recently on tour with Ben Folds as part of yMusic and has been hailed as “greatly gifted” by the Chicago Tribune, will join the talented Sandbox Percussion for a concert of new music.