Veterans Fanfare, Classic Shakespeare & Soulful Folk Music
The first ‘fanfare’ event of the month is the Sunday, November 3rd performance of the Lansdowne Symphony. Music Director Reuben Blundel will lead the orchestra in the following program:
- Gwyneth Walker: Fanfare, Interlude & Finale
- Priscilla Beach: City Trees
- Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10
Founded in 1946, the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest community orchestras in the Greater Philadelphia area. This past September, the Orchestra won a national award, The American Prize, for its premiere recording of never-before-recorded American Romantic music selected from the Fleischer Collection of the Philadelphia Free Library.
November 10th the Delaware County Symphony, led by Music Director Joseph Caminiti, presents a vibrant and powerful Chamber Music concert titled “Heroes and Patriots: A Musical Tribute to Our Veterans.
The program features American and patriotic music saluting the U.S. and its armed services, beginning with a rousing non-American work – the familiar Polonaise in A major (“Military”) for piano by Frederic Chopin. The program continues with the melodic Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano by American composer Eric Ewazen.
The second half of the concert features the DCS Brass Quintet in a medley of compositions including America the Beautiful, the Ashokan Farewell, and various songs representing America and its armed forces. Please join us on November 10 in the Neumann University Meagher Theatre for a program of stirring and patriotic music. Read more & purchase tickets Individual adult tickets $15; $12 Senior/Student individual tickets; one child under 12 is free (with paying adult)
The Villanova Theater presents a bold re-imagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, By William Shakespeare, Directed by Edward Sobel
Beware the forest outside Athens, where mischief reigns and faeries tease and torment. Shakespeare’s comedy of passion and power throws two mismatched couples into the fray of a lovers’ quarrel between the faerie king and queen — and soon they’re all entangled in enchantments. Add to the mix the devious Puck and a hapless troupe of amateur actors, and mayhem abounds. This magical tale, boldly reimagined for our time, reveals the dangers of unbridled desire and the healing potential of the imagination.
Sobel’s contemporary staging zeroes in on issues of gender politics while showcasing the darker forces at play in Shakespeare’s well-loved comedy. The production features female-identifying actors in various male roles while the most politically powerful male characters are played by male-identifying actors. Female-identifying actors will portray the young lovers Lysander and Demetrius and members of the relentless acting troupe The Rude Mechanicals. The cross gender casting allows actors to both hilariously embody and also critique gender stereotypes.
The theater is located at Vasey Hall on Villanova’s main campus at the intersection of Lancaster & Ithan Avenues. Performances will be held Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets run $21-$25, with discounts available for seniors, students, MA in Theatre alumni and groups. Tickets may be purchased at the Villanova Theatre Box Office (M-S, 12-5 pm) in person, by phone: (610) 519-7474, or online at www.villanovatheatre.org.
The Lansdowne Folk Club (LFC) presents Blues/Soul Artist Deb Callahan on Thursday, November 21st
Philly blues and soul artist Deb Callahan and her band recently celebrated 20 years of performing, touring, recording and entertaining music fans both regionally and around the United States. Her latest CD Sweet Soul (2015) was recorded and produced by producer/drummer Tony Braunagel (Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray) in Los Angeles. It received significant national and international airplay on blues and triple A radio stations and made the top 50 contemporary blues albums for 2016 for the US Blues Music Report. In addition to 5 CDs, she has a limited edition World Café Live DVD and has graced numerous Festival stages including The Monterey Bay Blues Festival, the Springing the Blues Fest in Jacksonville, Heritage Blues Fest in Wheeling, WV and WXPN’s XPonential Music Festival in Philly.
All folk club concerts take place in the recently renovated ballroom of Lansdowne’s “Twentieth Century Club,” a Victorian-era jewel, at 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue in Lansdowne. Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 7:30. Tickets are $17 when purchased in advance online or with an advanced phone reservation (484) 466-6213; $20 at the door.
- Free on-street parking
- Only cash is accepted at the door
- Handicap accessible
About LFC: In March 1993, a small, all volunteer folk music club opened its doors and began presenting folk, acoustic, and blue’s music to Lansdowne and the surrounding communities. The founders never envisioned the club would make it past the first year, but now, 25 years later, the Lansdowne Folk Club has become a stalwart in the folk music scene.