Rimsky-Korsakov Opens Delco Symphony Season

Rimsky-Korsakov Opens Delco Symphony Season

By Joseph B. Dychala

New music director Joseph Caminiti leads the Delaware County Symphony this Sunday Oct 16 for the first full orchestra concert of the 2016 – 2017 season.

Rimsky-Korsakov Opens Delco Symphony SeasonThe program opens with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s delightful Russian Easter Overture followed by the well known Carmen Suite No. 2 from Georges Bizet. After a brief intermission this afternoon of music concludes with Johannes Brahms haunting Symphony No. 1 in C Minor.

The program, entitled “Virtuosic Display” begins at 3 p.m. in Meagher Theater at Neumann University. Arrive early at 2 p.m. to enjoy a brief yet very informative talk with Dr C. Michael Kelly regarding the composers and song selections.

Individual tickets are available the day of the show for the cost of $18 each with a discounted price of $15 for Seniors as well as Students. As always one child under age 12, with an accompanying adult, admitted free. This is an excellent way to bring a new generation of listeners to the classics. The next upcoming Chamber Series performance will be held on Nov 20 and feature such diverse selections as Ludwig von Beethoven’s “Ghost” in addition to performances by Brass Ensemble, Timpani and a Cello concerto plus much more.

B&N Piano Sales and Services in Aston is a sponsor of the Delaware County Symphony.

Rimsky-Korsakov Opens Delco Symphony Season

Delco Symphony Season Starts Sept. 25

Delco Symphony Season Starts Sept. 25

By Joseph B. Dychala

Music lovers rejoice! The start of the 2016 – 2017 Delaware County
Symphony season returns Sept. 25.

Delco Symphony Season Starts Sept. 25This season features eight concerts from September to April. All concerts start 3 p.m. at Neumann University’s Meagher Theater in Aston, Pa. This modern venue features excellent acoustics and ample seating.

The September Chamber Series showcases W. A. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola. Concertmaster Nina Vieru, violin and Adelya Shagidullina, viola will perform. In addition J.S. Bach’s well known Brandenburg Concertos – No. 3 and No. 4 will round out the program. These influential 18th century selections are sure to delight novice and experienced concert goers alike. Associate conductor Robert Whalen is the music director for the Chamber Series concerts.

Tickets, which are $12, may be purchased at the door. One child under 12 is permitted free admission with each paying adult. This is an excellent opportunity to bring classical music to a new generation of listeners. Tickets may be purchased online for each individual concert. A season subscription is also offered.

The first full orchestra concert entitled “Virtuosic Display” is scheduled for Oct. 16 under the baton of newly appointed conductor and Symphony Series director Joseph Caminiti and will feature selections from Bizet, Brahms and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Delco Symphony Season Starts Sept. 25

Free Joe Kenney Concert In Broomall

Free Joe Kenney Concert In BroomallFree Joe Kenney Concert In Broomall — Pianist Joe Kenney will be giving a concert at New Hope Christian Church, 551 Paxon Hollow Road, Broomall, PA 19008, on Sunday, April 24, at 4 p.m. He will be performing works by Bach, Schubert, Liszt, and Debussy. The performance is free and open to the public.

Free Joe Kenney Concert In Broomall

Trump Al Wilson And Snakes

Trump Al Wilson And SnakesTrump Al Wilson And Snakes — Donald Trump at a rally in Cedar Falls, Iowa read the lyrics from a song which few Millennials know by  a singer which few Millennials have heard to illustrate the wisdom of allowing Muslim refugees from ISIS controlled territory.

He made it work.

The singer is Al Wilson and the song is The Snake which was released in 1968.

Here are the lyrics.

On her way to work one morning, down the path along the lake, a tender-hearted woman saw a poor, half-frozen snake.  His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew.  ‘Oh, well,’ she cried, ‘I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you.’  ‘Take me in, O tender woman, take me in, for heaven’s sake.  Take me in, O tender woman,’ sighed the vicious snake.  She wrapped him up all cozy in a curvature of silk and then laid him by the fireside with some honey and some milk.  Now, she hurried home from work that night.  As soon as she arrived, she found that pretty snake she’d taken in and revived.  ‘Take me in, O tender woman.  Take me in, for heaven’s sake.  Take me in, O tender woman,’ sighed the vicious snake. 

“Now she clutched him to her bosom.  ‘You’re so beautiful,’ she cried, ‘but if I hadn’t brought you in, by now you would have died.’  She stroked his pretty skin, and then she kissed him and held him tight.  But instead of saying ‘thank you,’ that snake gave her a vicious bite.  ‘Take me in, O tender woman.  Take me in, for heaven’s sake.  Take me in, O tender woman,’ sighed the vicious snake.  ‘I saved you,’ cried the woman, ‘and you bit me.  Heavens, why?  You know your bite is poisonous, and now I’m going to die.’  ‘Oh, shut up, silly woman,’ said the reptile with a grin.  ‘You knew darn well I was a snake before you took me in.’

And here is the song.

Trump Al Wilson And Snakes

Hat tip Rush Limbaugh

Russ Diamond Unplugged Playing Bright

Sometimes a song gets so stuck in  head the head of Pennsylvania State Rep. Russ Diamond (R-102)  that the only way he can  get rid of it is to learn it and record it.

Bright by Echosmith was one of them. Here is Russ getting it out of his head.


Russ Diamond Unplugged Playing Bright

God Bless America, The History

Irving Berlin God Bless America, The History
Irving Berlin

Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing “God Bless America” on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.

Here are the facts… The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of “GOD BLESS AMERICA”. But before you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first public showing of the song.

The time was 1940. (Ed Note: Wikipedia has its first public singing occurring in 1938 on Kate Smith’s radio show.) America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we’d have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.

This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.

Kate was also large; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings”. Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV, but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time.

Kate was also patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring . She had hope for America , and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote “White Christmas”) and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country. When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her.

He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before – way back in 1917. He gave it to her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America . Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.

This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, “You’re In The Army Now.” At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it’s Ronald Reagan.

To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country. Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry….. and for many generations of Americans to follow.

Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you’ll enjoy it and treasure it even more.

Many people don’t know there’s a lead in to the song since it usually starts with “God Bless America …..” So here’s the entire song as originally sung….. ENJOY!

Hat tip Bob Small

Blue Moon 2015

Blue Moon 2015
Tonight’s moon is not going to look like this.

Tonight, July 31, there will be a blue moon. Many will go out and look at it. All will say it looks just like any other full moon. They will be right.

A “blue moon” is a full moon appearing a second time in a month. It’s a fairly rare occurrence happening once every 30 months or so.

The last blue moon was in August 2012. The next one will be in January 2018.

The moon has at times actually turned blue, it should be noted. This usually happens after a major volcanic eruption with the ash filtering the light reflected from the orb.

And the meaning of “blue moon” has changed slightly from when it came into use. It  originally meant the third full moon in a season that had four, understanding that seasons are considered to be three months long and hence typically have but three full moons.

Anyway, here is some music for you:

Blue Moon 2015

La Invitación Unplugged

Jhoni The Voice will release his upcoming music video  “La Invitación Unplugged” this 4th of July.  La Invitación Unplugged -- Jhoni The Voice will release his upcoming music video  this 4th of July.

La Invitación Unplugged is an acoustic version of his latest single.

The much-anticipated release will be available on his official YouTube channel this 4th of July celebrating the independence of the United States.

“It fills me to know that I am delivering to my fans what they ask for, THEY asked for this version, so here it is, ” said Jhoni.

Here it is:

La Invitación Unplugged