The Ballets Russes

Written by Stephen J. TrygarCover Photo by Lopez Robin on Unsplash Throughout history, there are certain events, people, cultures, and organizations that have such radical and intriguing artistic styles and philosophies that it shatters what we understand about art. They not only alter the growth of popular styles and genres, but they alter the course of history alongContinue reading “The Ballets Russes”

A Musical World: Music Theorist Issa Aji

Interview Conducted by Stephen J. Trygar Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to a friend and peer of mine, Issa Aji. Issa recently graduated with a Master of Music in Music Theory from Temple University. His thesis, titled “Understanding Music Frisson: A Methodological Study in Musical Semiotics and Hermeneutics”, allowed him to studyContinue reading “A Musical World: Music Theorist Issa Aji”

A Musical Philadelphia: Vocalist Anthony Sharp

It is with great pleasure that I get to introduce you to a friend of mine, Anthony Sharp. Anthony currently holds the positions of Pastoral Assistant and Choral Intern at First Presbyterian Church in Haddonfield, NJ and Pastoral Intern at the Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia. He graduated from Temple University’s Boyar College in 2018 with a B.M. in Voice Performance, and he has participated as a Chorister with the illustrious Opera Philadelphia. Anthony and I became acquainted with each other when we both served as Festival Guest Services Associates for Opera Philadelphia’s O18 Festival. I find his career aspirations to be fascinating and exciting, and I am happy to share them with you! Thank you, Anthony, for taking the time to answer some questions and sharing your story!

The Wife of Tchaikovsky

On July 6/18, 1877, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky stood before Antonina Ivanovna Milyukova in St. George’s Church in Moscow, Russia. Today was his wedding day, and his brother Anatoli and former lover Iosif Kotek were there to share the moment. In this moment, standing before his future wife, he certainly must have begun regretting proposing to her, because just days into his marriage, he began seeking ways to free him of this grave mistake and release himself from her clutches.

2020 Classical Music New Year’s Resolutions: Opera

When I first began setting out on my journey as a professional musician, I had been playing trumpet for several years, but I had grown to love and appreciate singing and the vocal arts. Fast-forward nearly ten years later, and I find myself working with a Master of Music in Music History degree and working in administration at the Academy of Vocal Arts.

A Musical Philadelphia: Music Educator and Violinist Heather Kani

It is with great pleasure that I get to introduce you to a dear friend of mine, Heather Kani! Heather is a music teacher at Anne Frank Elementary School here in Philadelphia. She teaches General Music to students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade and Choir to 4th and 5th grades.

Christmas Stories at the Theater

It’s that time of the year again! With Christmas just a few days away, we often recounting stories we heard as children and plays, ballets, and other shows we may have witnessed. For me, Christmas has always been filled with reading stories by the fireplace in the living room, going to concerts of Christmas carols and festive music, and going to the theater to see a show. However, somehow the shows performed at Christmastime seem to always be the same. While I’m one for tradition and nostalgia, I can’t help but think about all the wonderful theatrical works that would add a wonderful variety to the season.

A Musical Philadelphia: Music Historian and Vocalist Andrew Shaw

It is with great pleasure and honor that I get to introduce you to a dear friend of mine, Andrew Shaw. Andrew is an active music historian and vocalist in Philadelphia. He participates in several performing groups, such as Singing City Choir and Chestnut Street Singers while remaining involved in research and writing for a few performance groups in the Philadelphia area.