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make Bach’s music acces- sible to all walks of life mir- rors how the general public fi rst heard the composer in 19th

Century Germany. “It would have been per- formed to diff erent church audiences throughout the country,” Glandorf said, explaining, “so much music before the 19th

Century was

written for people of means, for the aristocracy. But Bach, performed at churches, was written and played for peo- ple from all walks of life.”

Notably, the New Year’s performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio doesn’t simply honor the historical traditions of the past when it comes to accessibility for audiences. It extends to both the Christmas season and the authenticity of the origi- nal performances as well. In Europe, “…there are actually twelve days of Christmas that have noth- ing to do with shopping,” Glandorf said, explaining, “It starts on December 25th and ends on January 6th

the Feast of the Epiphany.” The Six Cantata’s of

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

“are twenty-fi ve min- utes each.” The Cantatas, Glandorf continued, are a mix of “choral, orchestral and solo work that tell a narrative of the twelve days of Christmas.”

The musicians perform- ing at the New Year’s Eve concert will play from “pe- riod instruments,” Glandorf emphasized. “These are the instruments that Bach would have known in the 19th


in Philadelphia in over twenty years.” And as far as Glandorf knows, “It’s the only performance of the Christmas Oratorio using period instruments in Phila- delphia ever.”

Century. So instead of steal strings on the violins and cellos, we use natu- ral strings. It changes the sound,” Glandorf noted. “It’s lighter, it’s softer and it balances with the vocalists so they don’t have to scream over the orchestra.” Those attending the con- cert will hear Bach’s music the way those did in the 19th

century. “But more can

go wrong,” Glandorf said, in reference to needing highly professional musi- cians. Period instruments, Glandorf explained, “have to be tuned more frequently. But I’m devoted to this early period. This works in a simi- lar manner to the historical preservation of a building,” Glandorf said. “You would want to use mate rials and color schemes from that time frame.”

Finding musicians to perform the concert proved no easy feat. But neither did selling the idea to the Saint Mark’s Board of Directors. “When I proposed host- ing the concert on New Year’s Eve, the board said, ‘are you crazy. People go to parties,’” Glandorf relayed, explaining that he didn’t want to compete with all of the other Christmas concerts occurring before December 25th

. Moreover, the concert, held on December 31st

, “is

smack in the middle of the traditional Christmas sea- son.”


So I said,” Glandorf con- tinued, ‘what if we started it at 4 p.m.? We will perform parts one, two and three and then have an hour break. People can buy a sandwich, have a glass of champagne then we’ll perform parts four, fi ve and six. The con- cert will be over by 8 p.m. and people can still go out to dinner or a party.’ ” Even more signifi cantly, “This is one of the great masterpieces of Christmas that never gets played in the United States,” Glandorf, who grew up in Germany, where it’s played every season, explained. “This will be the fi rst performance of the Christmas Oratorio

The performance, made possible through the gener- ous support of The Presser Foundation, will be held at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 3701 Chestnut Street, from 4-8 p.m. Tickets, which range from $15-$45 can be purchased at http:// www.brownpapertickets. com/event/865964), or at the door. For more detailed pro- gram information: http:// node/56.

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reed and percussion instru- ments. Interspersed among the String Bands in the Pa- rade on Broad Street will be the Fancy Brigades, hot off their noon performance at the Pennsylvania Conven- tion Center, dressed head- to-toe in sequined costumes, masks, and makeup.

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Lohbauer, Petra Stanev, Elizabeth Keshett, Melissa Styer, and Chun Wang of the Philadelphia architec- tural fi rm, Stanev Potts, for their design “Philadelphia Grotesque Revisited”. First place for the student catego- ry went to András Vernes of the Technische Universität Wien in Vienna, Austria for his design “Prolog.” In celebration of its

200th Anniversary, the Athenaeum sent out a call to both professional and student architects to re- imagine Washington Square in the year 2050 without the Athenaeum’s 1847 build- ing. Potential entrants were tasked with not only creat- ing a “new” Athenaeum but also asked to consider the types of collections it would contain and how those col- lections will be accessible. Would the 2050 Athenaeum contain books, drawings, furniture and artwork as now or would it be an en- tirely digital and/or virtual environment? The competi- tion received 46 professional submissions and 42 student submissions and included entries from 17 countries, 15 states and 10 schools. A full listing of the names of the winners and images of their submissions can be viewed

For the ultimate view of the Fancies’, Comics’, Wenches’ and String Bands’ fi rst performance before the Judges, the Grand Stand entertainment zone, on Dilworth Plaza at 15th and Market Streets, will feature more than 1,200 ticketed bleacher seats. Additional drill spots are located at the Union League at Broad and Sansom Streets and at Broad and Carpenter Streets. For thrilling indoor entertainment, families can head to the Fancy Brigade shows at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. During the Fancy Brigade Family Show at noon and Fancy Bridge Finale at 5 p.m., more than 2,500 Mummers stun the crowd during dynamic, choreographed performances in front of handmade backdrops soar- ing 24-feet high. The Fancy Brigades are judged at the Finale.

Another family friendly activity for fans is Mum- mersFest at the Pennsylva- nia Convention Center, a four-day festival from Fri- day, December 28 through Monday, December 31

providing a sneak peek into the making of the Mum- mers Fancy Brigade Finale. The interactive event off ers families opportunities to try on bedazzled Mummers costumes, watch the clubs rehearse, go on a backstage tour, participate in crafts, and even learn to strut. Tickets for the Mummers Parade Grand Stand bleach- er seats ($20), Fancy Brigade Family Show ($28), Fancy Brigade Finale ($23), and MummersFest ($5) are avail- able by calling 1-800-537- 7676, or can be purchased in person at the Independence Visitor Center on 6th and Market Streets or at the Wel- come Center on 16th Street and JFK Boulevard.

For more than a century, the Mummers have marched on New Year’s Day while display- ing over-the-top creative cos- tumes, music and pageantry. The Philadelphia Mummers Parade began in 1900 as a way to celebrate the New Year and is one of the longest running traditions in the country. For more information, visit www. .

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia looking forward

at http://www.philaathe- prizes.html. Jurors selected for the competition included Michelle Delk (Snøhetta Architects), Roger W. Moss (Director Emeritus of the Athenaeum), Laurie Olin (Principal of Olin Studio),

Ford Peatross (Founding Director of the Architec- ture, Design & Engineering Division of the Library of Congress), and Billie Tsien (Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects). At the awards ceremony juror Laurie Olin, continued on page 4

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