Local musicians performed on Sunday with broken instruments to shed light on funding for musical education.
Funding for musical education in the Philadelphia school district has decreased since 2007.
Over $1 million were given to the district for musical education, since then the budget has declined to $50,000 for the entire District. Schools do not have the funds to buy or even repair broken instruments. When an instrument is damaged, the school district cannot afford its repair, putting the instruments away in storage. This problem lead Robert Blackson, Temple’s contemporary director and Sarah Beimiller, the assistant director to come up with Temple’s Symphony For A Broken Orchestra. Which are artists from the community collaborating together to play damaged instruments.
“We collected over a thousand broken instruments from the school district and went and recorded all of the sounds that the sounds those broken instruments made. David Lang composed a piece based on those broken instruments,” Beilmiller shared.
The piece that David Lang composed gave the instruments life and new ways to use them. The piece was very profound, emphasizing that although the instruments are damaged, they are still valuable. With the help of Found Sound Nation, a nonprofit that helps bring music to inner city schools, over 350 volunteers and students played the broken instruments to help raise money to repair these instruments, and donate them back to the school district.
Ginger Smith says, “We thought it was a perfect opportunity to give back to the institutions that have also grown us.”
Temple contemporary will continue to collaborate with professionals to fix these instruments for the students of the Philadelphia school district.
Diamond Marching Band had their annual indoor concert Sunday afternoon.
The band played 39 songs, including T for Temple U and the Temple Fight song.
Throughout the concert, some members went up to the front of the stage to dance.
The band calls themselves “The Pride of the Cherry and White.” The band includes opportunities for color guard, instrumentalists, and twirlers from every school and college at Temple University.
More information about the band and upcoming performances can be found here.
Wedding bells are ringing again in London as fifth in line to the throne, Prince Harry, will be marrying American actress Meghan Markle.
The couple has been dating since the summer of 2016 after being set up on a blind date by a mutual friend. The engagement took place earlier this month but was announced to the public on Monday, November 27th.
Meghan Markle has starred in the show Suits, as well as films such as Horrible Bosses and Remember Me. Not only is Markle an actress, she also has her own lifestyle brand, The Tig, and the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada. She has also been an activist for gender equality with the United Nations.
When talking to London residents, most seemed to be thrilled with the engagement.
“I am very, very excited because it shows that we are headed to a modern society where you can pick your choice of wife from anywhere in the world,” says Abraham Fatorma.
The marriage ceremony will take place at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May of 2018. This Chapel will only seat 800 people, as Westminster Abbey seated 2,000 for William and Kate’s wedding.
Until the date the two will reside in Nottinghill Cottage at Kensington Palace.
Thirteen students were given the opportunity to show off their piano skills at a recital called Beyond the Note. They have been preparing since the beginning of the semester.
Charles Abramovic, Chair of the Keyboard Department at the College of Music and Dance, has been teaching at Temple since 1990. He chose music pieces composed by Antonin Dvorak, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, Frances Poulenc, Alfred Schnittke, Gioachino Rossini, Benjamin Lees, Mortiz Moszkowski, and Aleksandr Scriabin to challenge students’ musicianship.
Abramovic stated, “I was trying to find short, attractive pieces, and things that would match the students’ abilities. That’s why I chose Dvoark and Korsakov.”
Abramovic made sure that incoming students in the program were able to hone and enhance their skills by being partnered with a veteran of the program. He believes that both students can learn from each other, no matter how much experience a person may have.
UniverSoul Circus is celebrating its 24th year of family entertainment.
The interactive circus will have people out of their seats dancing and laughing. Just like all circuses, it has a variety of animals and mouth-dropping acts. But what makes this circus so unique is its traditional soul line.
Temple Update met up with the ringleader sidekick, Zeke, who said that, “We have new acts that are out of this world. But then we also have our traditional things.”
The UniverSoul Circus consists of many different acts, but also tries to get the community of Philadelphia involved.
For its opening act, the circus had youth dancers from all over Philadelphia dance for the opening shows. This circus does not just cater to kids, it caters to adults as well.
Michael Martin of Burlington, New Jersey told Temple Update that he relives his childhood through the circus.
“I’m actually reliving my childhood through my grandchildren and the circus. So, I’m a big kid at the circus,” said Martin.
UniverSoul Circus is also home of Fresh the Clown. He told us, “Because of the clown stuff that has been happening, it kind of helped our image. Kids now look at us as superheroes or super clowns.”
People can head down to Fairmount Park to watch the circus in person Tuesday through Sunday. Show times and tickets can be found at http://www.universoulcircus.com.
Last week was a celebration of Mexican culture with Day of the Dead, which started Tuesday October 31st and lasted to Thursday November 2nd. Day of the Dead is a special Mexican tradition to honor their ancestors.
Cesar Viveros, an artist affiliated with the Mexican Cultural Center talked about why different aspects of the holiday are important. He shared a few words about the festive holiday:
“So the big tradition is Day of the Day is a special day where we can always live with the departed ones.”
Saturday October 28th, the Mexican Culture Center partnered with the Penn Museum where they coordinated a Day of the Dead event filled with a variety of activities.
People from the community had the opportunity to learn about Mexican culture and the way they celebrate their ancestors through music, dance, jewelry and art.
Cesar Viveros said, “This year was dedicated to the victims of the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico and the earthquake that devastated part of Mexico City and other cities around,” sharing the importance of the alter and what it represents.
Children were dressed up to be part of the day of the dead to commemorate their ancestors. They also made gifts such as flowers, sugar skulls and jewelry to present at the altar.
Temple students took the initiative to engage with the community, volunteering for the Mexican cultural center, assisting at the face-painting table.
Meztli Cardoso, the President of Asociacion de Estudiantes Latinos (AdEL) was face-painting while describing its significance. “The living dress up as the dead to connect with the spiritual after-world life.”
This event was a combination of fun and knowledge. Happy day of the dead.
On Monday, October, 23rd at 3 PM there will be a free screening of a new documentary called Processions of Faith in Annenberg Hall room 201.
This is a smart documentary about a church that is still the center of the Los Angeles Italian community, even though the Little Italy neighborhoods in Los Angeles are diminishing.
The filmmaker of this documentary is Joe Mederios, who is a Temple graduate and the former head writer of NBC’s The Tonight Show.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Mederios at the screening.
This year marks the 26th year that the Philadelphia Film Society has hosted their annual film festival.
With nearly 100 films submitted from all around the globe, cinema and art lovers are in for a treat. Attending a screening provides an opportunity to have a Q&A session with the film directors, as well as a complementary beer.
The festival officially began October 19th and runs until October 29th.
Tickets can be purchased at the box office on opening night, or go online to get tickets for I, Tonya, a story about the olympic figure skater Tonya Harding.
FILM ONLY ticket prices for the 6 PM and 8:45 PM screenings:
$20 | $15 for PFS Members | $7 for Student Rush Tickets
The Draught Horse will be hosting the first annual Yappy Hour on October 23 from 7:00 to 11:00 PM.
Yappy Hour is ran by an Entrepreneurial Marketing group called “Puptown Girls.” These girls have a passion for animals and have partnered with Morris Animal Refuge for this event. Morris Animal Refuge has helped homeless and abandoned pets in the Philadelphia region since 1874.
At Yappy Hour, guests can pay a cover fee of just $5 to indulge in discounted drinks and meals, and they even can play with dogs from the shelters. All of the proceeds will go toward the Morris Animal Refuge.
Come down to the Draught Horse for this fun and charitable event, and watch the Eagles vs. Redskins game while playing with pups.