This is all hearsay, as I could not attend the eagerly anticipated concert with violinist David Kim playing Tchaikovsky and Beethoven with the Kennett Symphony at Longwood Gardens. As a friend said, "David Kim was spectacular. Wow! To remember all that music and not mess up when he was to come in was mind boggling, not to speak of what his fingers were doing. Truly wonderful - followed with a standing ovation. The crowd loved it!"
One comment: "Green (Director Mary Woodmansee Green) said Beethoven was criticized for his "7th Symphony" as sounding like he was either mad or drunk when he wrote it. Perhaps so, but I loved it. It had a lovely melody in the background but I kept thinking of a conversation. Someone talking at a regular pace and then got diarrhea of the mouth and just ran with it and couldn't stop. Then slow down again and repeat again. Very enjoyable piece."
All I can do is repeat the excited praise I heard from those who could attend. In the allegro moderato "of the Tchaikovsky 'violin concerto op. 35 in D major' the solo part gave Kim the opportunity to show you what can really be done with a violin!
A wide range of notes and what can really be done with a violin. It had a wide range."
Another comment: "We marveled at Kim (or anyone) memorizing the music and following the orchestra (or do they follow him?) so intensely. Surely he dare not think of what he's having for dinner afterwards!"
I am told it was a beautiful night although being extremely hot. The dress code seemed to be shorts - and what a perfect way to enjoy spectacular music in a gorgeous garden. Lucky, lucky us to have this jewel of a symphony and the magnificent garden in which to enjoy it.
-'Guys and Dolls'
When the Brandywiners put on that lovable musical "Guys and Dolls" July 29, 30 and 31 and Aug. 5, 6 and 7, quite a few local thespians who have been rehearsing since May will be on stage. In the terrific comedic role of gangster's girl, Adelaide, will be played by Nance Weber of Kennett. Allen Stupplebeen of Kennett will have the amusing role of Harry the Horse, while Debra Arnold of Landenberg will star as Salvation Army member Sarah Brown. Peter Hayes of Unionville will portray Lt. Brannigan, while Erin Cates of Oxford will have the role of Mimi as well as being understudy for the part of Sarah. The assistant music director is Kennett High's Katie Soukup.
For tickets ($25) to this lighthearted look at the denizens of the moving crap game call 302-478-3355.
Longwood Garden will have the madcap version of "The Emperor's New Clothes" for Family Nights July 15 through 17. Recommended for ages 5-and-up. The performances are at 7 p.m. with adult tickets $29, ages 20 and under $20. Garden Pass members are $5. Tickets can be purchased at www.longwoodgardens.org or by calling 610-388-5200.
There are some stellar performances in store when the Please Touch Museum in Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, holds its World Music Festival July 9 through 11. Daria, a nationally acclaimed children's performer who uses music to teach tolerance will perform on Friday, July 9, at noon and 2 p.m. in City Park. To find where City Park is call 215-581-3171.
On Saturday July 1, the New Orleans UCC Royal Brass Band will play jazz, R&B and pop music at noon and 2 p.m. in Hamilton Hall. On Sunday, July 11, the West Philadelphia Orchestra with its roots in Eastern European folk music will perform punk rock, soul and jazz will be in Hamilton Hall at noon and 2 p.m. For more information call 215-581-23171.
The Creek Kids at Hagley Museum are showing the Heritage and Home Life at Hagley in the worker's communities. The programs include games, history, food and make and take crafts on Tuesday and Sunday, July 13 and July 18. Included with admission.
With all the interest in quilts of Chester County, the Chester County 4-H is offering a quilting class for children ages 8 through 19. The class will be held July 6 through 9 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Chester County Extension Office, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester. Students will learn basic machine patchwork to make a lap size quilt. All supplies will be provided, unless you wish to provide your own. If so, contact the 4-H office by July 1. Cost for the class is $25. To register call 610-696-3500.
In celebration of artist Andrew Wyeth's 93rd birthday on Monday, July 12, at the Brandywine River Museum from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wyeth's art will be on view in a gallery devoted to his work. The documentary film, "Self Portrait: Snow Hill," narrated by Betsy Wyeth will be shown at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., and tours of the N.C. Wyeth House will take place every half hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Birthday cake will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the museum restaurant. The restaurant will also sell hot dog lunches featuring hot dogs from Jimmy John's, a Chadds Ford restaurant visited frequently by Andrew Wyeth.
Don't forget: The First Friday Art Stroll in Kennett will be on the second Friday this month, on July 9. Be sure to stop in at the Brush & Palette to see the work of Harriet Taylor and at the Longwood Art Gallery. Longwood has two exhibiting artists Carol Crane whose work is on the impressionistic side but in vivid colors and Joan Hollander who likes a more pastel palette for her Beach scenes. Hunt Scenes, florals and landscapes. The receptions will be in early evening.
The residents and staff of the Friends Home on West State Street will have a photo show from 6 to 9 p.m. The show has been organized and curated by Avon Grove Sun Editor Chris Barber.
The show "Fruits of Their Labor" by photographer Kathleen Buckalew will have an opening reception at the Delaware Center for Horticulture, 1810 N. Du Pont St, Wilmington, on Friday, July 9 from 5:30 to 8 pm. The show will be on display through Aug. 1.
The wildly acclaimed Second City improve troupe will be at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad and Lombard streets) July 13 through 25. As they will be celebrating 50th anniversary tour, they will perform some of the funniest skits from their 50-year history. Performances will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 and 7 p.m. Alumni of Second City include Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Gilda Radnor, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Carell and Tina Fey. For tickets call 215-985-0420
Rolling Thunder Blues Band will be on stage at the Anson B. Nixon Park on Wednesday, July 7, from 7-10 pm. A light supper is available from the Kennett Inn. On Wednesday, July 14 Yaretzi will perform folkloric dances with a Latin beat. Supper will be available from El Ranchero. The concert is free, but bring a blanket or lawn chair.
A recertification course for food managers will be offered by Penn State Extension July 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chester County Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, Suite 370, West Chester. To register call 610-696-3500.
Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.