June 3, 2014 - Jordan Dodson is a young, classically trained guitar player who graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music — but he’s equally at home playing Bach as he is pop, minimalist or electronic music. He’s commissioned scores of new works from young composers to play as solos and with his group Marcel (founded at Curtis under the guidance of composition faculty — and previous LiveConnections collaborator — David Ludwig). In our May 4, 2014, concert at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, co-presented by the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, Jordan performed works by several of his favorite young composers. We caught up with Jordon to hear more about his passion for new music.
May 15, 2014 - Six years ago, on May 15, 2008, we held our first Bridge Session for 100 Philadelphia kids. Since then, we've shared the hope and joy of music with close to 19,000 participants - most for free! Today, we're wrapping up our annual Kids Count Campaign. Catch up on photos and stories from the campaign here.
April 24, 2014 - Violinist Kristin Lee is a Juilliard-trained musician who plays in concert halls around the world — but she’s not at all afraid to step out of her traditional training to collaborate with artists including ?uestlove and The Roots. We caught up with Kristin to talk about her love for new, contemporary music and how her collaborations with instruments including steel pan, theremin and Indian singing evolved from the moment of commissioning.
April 23, 2014 — For the final concert in LiveConnections’ 2013-2014 ClassicAlive series, classical guitarist Jordon Dodson presents a solo recital of works new and old by composers including J.S. Bach, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Elliot Carter, Elliot Cole, Jason Eckardt, Dai Fujikura, Paul Lansky, Giulio Regondi and Gabriella Smith on Sunday, May 4 at 12:00 p.m.
April 17, 2014 - LiveConnections has been an “Anthracite Fields” partner, connecting the creation of the Mendelssohn Club’s world premiere to the curriculum at Philadelphia high school Science Leadership Academy. Learn more about our project here.
April 8, 2014 — In a program of world premieres, violinist Kristin Lee will perform works by composers whom she commissioned to write new and unusual pairings for the violin with another instrument. The premieres include collaborations with theremin, steel pan, guitar, South Indian singing and spoken word, and range from folk to house music, while also including abstract works and more traditional classical pieces.
March 25, 2014 - Alaina Mobaso from Flying Kite spoke with General Manager Melinda Steffy about LiveConnections' programs aimed at increasing access to the arts for people with special needs. "The music has this power to motivate and inspire and transcend people out of their current circumstances for a little bit."
March 25, 2014 - This season we're using video, live performances and hands-on workshops to reach populations with limited access to live music. In partnership with our friends at Art-Reach, we've been piloting programming for adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Learn more about it!