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Experience the old world celebration of the holidays with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 this New Year’s Eve at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral

By Nicole Contosta Staff Reporter


atthew Glandorf, the music director at the Saint Mark’s Church, has worked to bring classical music to everyone.

And Glandorf’s latest project, the New Year’s Eve Christmas Oratorio of Bach’s Six Cantatas, ties directly to that mission. “I’m trying to break down the perception that classical music is

only for the elite,” Glandorf said from a center city café during the height of the shopping season. That’s when this reporter met Glandorf and Inna Lobanova-Hea- sley, a vocalist in the concert as well as the public relations manag- er of Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Bach Festival of Philadelphia. Glandorf, looking to the work of other music and arts organiza- tions for inspiration, “was trying to break the patterns of concerts as usual.” That’s what led him

Choral Arts Philadelphia, Artistic Director Matthew Glandorf during a pre-concert warm-up. Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter and Paul, Philadelphia PA. Fall of 2012 Photo: Alexander Iziliaev

to host the “Bach cantata at Saint Mark’s Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. People,” Glandorf explained, “can pay what they want. It’s been a huge success. We’ve been fi nd-

ing that people in their 20’s and 30’s who are shy about paying $30 for a grownup ticket are coming.” And Glandorf’s decision to

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“Looking Forward” competition winners announced

By Haywood Brewster Staff Reporter


arlier this month, the Ath- enaeum of Philadelphia museum announced the winners of the “Looking Forward “Architectural Competition. The evening included a reception and formal opening of the exhibi- tion. First place for the profes- sional category went to Ryan

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Weekly Press

T e 2015 Philadelphia Mummers Parade welcomes the New Year with a New Parade Route on Broad Street!

Also catch the Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

By Haywood Brewster Staff Reporter


he 2015 Philadelphia Mum- mers Parade follows a new route on Broad Street from

City Hall to Washington Avenue but the New Year’s Day tradition for generations of families remains as charming as ever. All are invited to Broad Street

where the Mummers Parade kicks off at City Hall at 10 am. Fans from near and far are invited to enjoy the Parade from three spe- cial performance zones as more than 10,000 glittering and colorful Mummers strut and dance down Broad Street.

The Philadelphia Mummers Parade features fi ve divisions, each with its own artistry, sound and customs. Leading the Parade are the Fancies, with their sequin- studded lavish costumes and feathered glamour. Next are the

Gerald Roccia of the South Philly Vikings Fancy Brigade performs in the Club’s 2014 routine, “The City of Steam.

Comics, who parody hot politi- cal issues and pop culture. Then it’s the men of the Comic Wench brigades in bonnets and bloomers,

waving multi-tiered parasols. Fi- nally, after all 17 are judged, the legendary String Bands in glorious costumes will march down Broad

Street entertaining the crowds with their intricate musical ar- rangements combining string,

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The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s 2014 holiday card features original artwork from a young resident who won the agency’s “What My Home Means to Me” youth poster contest this past summer. Parti cipants were asked to submit a work of art showing their home and write a short narrati ve describing the inspirati on, vision, and importance of their design.


Gender roles were well defi ned during most of human his- tory. Sti ll, despite this, strong women did appear. Ficti onal versions done right, makes for fun Fantasy and Science Ficti on.


The Peace Corps has an- nounced the 2014 rank- ings of the top volunteer- producing states and metropolitan areas across the country and both Pennsylvania and the greater Philadelphia area earned spots on the nati onal rankings.


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