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!
March 20, 2014 - We've been enjoying a great season of Bridge Sessions! There's been clapping, singing, laughing, poetry, violins, horns and LOTS of percussion instruments. So far, we've welcomed 2,800 participants from 38 schools and organizations. And we still have 18 sessions to go before June! Here's a mini-scrapbook of what's been going on.
March 14, 2014 - WXPN's The Key previews LiveConnections' concert with the Kinan Azmeh Quartet. “My personal philosophy is that you make art to experience emotions that you don’t have the luxury of experiencing in real life.”