5Nov
Ladino: A Language Resurrected (Part 2)

Ladino: A Language Resurrected (Part 2)

“Music is a universal language,” Sarah Aroeste says. “If it moves you, it doesn’t matter what language it’s in.” Sarah Aroeste is one of the premier Ladino performers and writes original songs in Ladino, the...Read More

31Oct
Ladino The Lost Language of the Jews of Greece

Ladino The Lost Language of the Jews of Greece

“My grandfather used to say he was a Turk from Greece but spoke Spagnol,” Sarah says. “He was a proud Sephardic man.” Like so many across the United States, Sarah Aroeste grew up learning about her heritage from family...Read More

18Oct
The Benefits Of Exchanging Culture Through Performance

The Benefits Of Exchanging Culture Through Performance

We live in a world where our differences seem to be more definitive than our similarities. We constantly struggle to understand and connect in meaningful and enriching ways. Many of us want to change this, but we do not know-how. One incredible...Read More

31Aug
Stories from the Road: Conversations with Gene Big G Part 2

Stories from the Road: Conversations with Gene Big G Part 2

Gene kicked off the song on his guitar, but when he reached the end of the opening--still the lone sound of his guitar. No drums that were supposed to be playing. He didn't panic; he knew once they got rolling, everything would be fine. So he...Read More

24Aug
Wading in Blues: Conversations with Gene Big G Part 1

Wading in Blues: Conversations with Gene Big G Part 1

“156 years ago,” Gene joked about his childhood in Russia, “Lots of boys sang. They wanted to impress the girls, their classmates. You know I came from the other side.” Today Gene Bulaev, known by his stage name Gene Big G,...Read More

10Aug
A Composers Introspection: Grigory Smirnov

A Composers Introspection: Grigory Smirnov

“I noticed that among the music that was inside me, in my head, was some kind of music that did not exist in the outer world yet,” Grigory Smirnov explained, “so I decided to write it down and share it with others, or no one else...Read More

29Jul
This And That About Traditional Russian Folk Dance

This And That About Traditional Russian Folk Dance

People have been dancing for generations to express themselves and tell stories about their cultures. It is a fun and entertaining activity that individuals can do alone or with friends to pass the time and even get some exercise. There are many,...Read More

26Jul
Watching Aria: An Operatic Experience

Watching Aria: An Operatic Experience

It is often in the smallest of venues that the brightest stars are able to shine. The space is dim, lit only by natural light creeping in through propped doors and open windows. For all intents and purposes, the room is entirely ordinary. Yellow...Read More

20Jul
A Designer of Music: Vladimir Atamanenko

A Designer of Music: Vladimir Atamanenko

Vladimir Atamaneko is a man behind the music, always tinkering with the microphone or amp to ensure the performer and audience have the strongest connection—the strongest sound. “It’s not the music,” he says,...Read More

13Jul
Playlist: Opera 101

Playlist: Opera 101

The big sound and foreign tongues of opera give the genre an intimidating reputation. But the colorful costumes and sets, the larger than life characters, and magical music offer so much to enjoy. Opera is a genre rooted in story and emotion, things...Read More

29Jun
Spotting Mikhail Zorich Part 2: A Conversation with MAE's Project Director

Spotting Mikhail Zorich Part 2: A Conversation with MAE's Project Director

Under the new banner of the Multicultural Arts Exchange, Mikhail continued his work, but it wasn’t always easy. Mikhail became involved in the Northeast Mural Campaign when approached by a local artists Ludmila Makarova. Her student...Read More

22Jun
Spotting Mikhail Zorich Part 1: A Conversation with MAE's Project Director

Spotting Mikhail Zorich Part 1: A Conversation with MAE's Project Director

Go anywhere in North East Philadelphia and you might just spot Mikhail Zorich, a jovial looking man with a warm smile and friendly voice. You might see him at piano concerts, dance festivals, musical productions, or even street fairs, dressed in a...Read More

25Feb
This And That About The History Of Poetry

This And That About The History Of Poetry

Many people love to read and write poetry. The pieces can take different forms, styles, and tones, which allow authors to express themselves how they see fit. Symbols, word choice, and more come into play with this type of writing. Poetry is a...Read More

24Jan
This And That About The Origins Of Jazz

This And That About The Origins Of Jazz

This And That About The Origins Of Jazz There are many music options available to people today. They can listen to country, rock, rap, jazz, and more. A lot of folks are unaware of the origins of the sounds though. Plus, there is always plenty of...Read More

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