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

26Aug
Several Reasons Why People Should Head To The Opera

Several Reasons Why People Should Head To The Opera

Opera is not merely an activity for high-class, wealthy Philadelphia citizens to enjoy. Rather, these shows have a little something for everyone. It does not matter whether a person loves music, storytelling, or visual artistry. He or she is sure to...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

15Aug
Multicultural Arts Exchange Fall 2019 Season

Multicultural Arts Exchange Fall 2019 Season

The Multicultural Arts Exchange is thrilled to share with you the details of our Fall 2019 Season that will build upon our mission to participate in, promote, present and produce professional and accessible performing arts programming across the...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

3Aug
30 Inches Wide: A Six-Handed Journey

30 Inches Wide: A Six-Handed Journey

The standard piano bench is generally 30 inches wide and 19 inches high. To compare that with another commonplace item, a classic children’s guitar is approximately 36 inches long from its base to its pegs. In August of 2016, three artists in...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

28Jun
Always Go To Every Audition

Always Go To Every Audition

Most careers worth having demand a lot of hard work and effort, and all too often that effort can end in failure.  However, a failure can only last forever if you let it.  If you don’t get what you want, you need to pick yourself...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

15Jun
A Day of Racing and Arts at Mayfair

A Day of Racing and Arts at Mayfair

On Saturday, June 2nd, MAE came out to the first event Mayfair Grand Prix and Community Festival. It was a beautiful day with clear skies, a nice breeze, and air filled with music and the scent of festival food—delicious gyros, sweet water...Read More

31May
Breaking Down Instrument Intonation

Breaking Down Instrument Intonation

The first thing Philadelphia, PA musicians or aspiring musicians must understand about intonation is simply this – what is intonation really? Intonation refers to the tune an instrument plays each note in, and if someone claims a particular...Read More