Bridge Sessions

Interactive educational performances for urban youth & special needs populations that explore diverse musical styles & cultures.

Classic Alive

Innovative concerts that expand how classical music is experienced by breaking boundaries of repertoire, collaboration and atmosphere.

Live Studio

State-of-the-art video technology
to connect underserved populations with exceptional music programming.

Latest Blog Posts

LiveConnections and Wilmington Classical Guitar Society Present Jordan Dodson on May 4 in a Program Featuring Works New and Old

Jordan DodsonApril 23, 2014 — For the final concert in LiveConnections’ 2013-2014 ClassicAlive series, classical guitarist Jordon Dodson presents a solo recital of works new and old by composers including J.S. Bach, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Elliot Carter, Elliot Cole, Jason Eckardt, Dai Fujikura, Paul Lansky, Giulio Regondi and Gabriella Smith on Sunday, May 4 at 12:00 p.m.

Anthracite Fields: A Student Perspective

residency at Science Leadership AcademyApril 17, 2014 - LiveConnections has been an “Anthracite Fields” partner, connecting the creation of the Mendelssohn Club’s world premiere to the curriculum at Philadelphia high school Science Leadership Academy. Learn more about our project here.

LiveConnections Presents Violinist Kristin Lee in a Program of Innovative Commissions on April 25

Kristin LeeApril 8, 2014 — In a program of world premieres, violinist Kristin Lee will perform works by composers whom she commissioned to write new and unusual pairings for the violin with another instrument. The premieres include collaborations with theremin, steel pan, guitar, South Indian singing and spoken word, and range from folk to house music, while also including abstract works and more traditional classical pieces.

All In: A growing number of city institutions aim to increase access and inclusivity

LiveStudioMarch 25, 2014 - Alaina Mobaso from Flying Kite spoke with General Manager Melinda Steffy about LiveConnections' programs aimed at increasing access to the arts for people with special needs. "The music has this power to motivate and inspire and transcend people out of their current circumstances for a little bit."

"It Picked Up My Day" - meet our new LiveStudio video initiative

Bridge SessionsMarch 25, 2014 - This season we're using video, live performances and hands-on workshops to reach populations with limited access to live music. In partnership with our friends at Art-Reach, we've been piloting programming for adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Learn more about it!

"You Opened My Mind" - a Bridge Session photo recap

Bridge SessionsMarch 20, 2014 - We've been enjoying a great season of Bridge Sessions! There's been clapping, singing, laughing, poetry, violins, horns and LOTS of percussion instruments. So far, we've welcomed 2,800 participants from 38 schools and organizations. And we still have 18 sessions to go before June! Here's a mini-scrapbook of what's been going on.

Concert Preview: Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh brings the classical music of Syria to World Cafe Live tonight

Kinan AzmehMarch 14, 2014 - WXPN's The Key previews LiveConnections' concert with the Kinan Azmeh Quartet. “My personal philosophy is that you make art to experience emotions that you don’t have the luxury of experiencing in real life.”

ClassicAlive: Q&A with Kinan Azmeh

Chloe FelesinaMarch 13, 2014 - Syrian-born clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh moved to New York 13 years ago to study at Juilliard, but his heart still lies in Damascus. In his concert with LiveConnections on Friday, March 14, he’ll open with his 2012 composition “A Sad Morning, Every Morning,” which he calls “a prayer for his home country.” We talked with Kinan about his compositions, the diverse backgrounds of his quartet members and how music connects with the tragedy taking place in Syria.

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Additional support provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.