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About LiveConnections

Since 2008, LiveConnections has created innovative, boundary-crossing music programming and education out of partner venue World Cafe Live. Through live concerts, interactive programs for youth and video technology, LiveConnections commissions collaborations that join artists from different genres — particularly classical with world, jazz, or popular styles — to highlight how music crosses cultures and to reimagine the landscape of live music. Our programs reach people who would not normally experience this kind of music, from urban youth to special needs populations to general audiences.

  • Bridge Sessions engage urban youth and special needs populations in interactive performances that explore diverse musical styles and cultures and spark learning that's hands-on and alive.

  • ClassicAlive expands how classical music is experienced by breaking boundaries of repertoire, collaboration and atmosphere in innovative concerts designed to attract both new audiences and long-time classical fans.

  • LiveStudio uses state-of-the-art video technology to connect underserved populations to exceptional music programming.


How to Talk About the LiveConnections/World Cafe Live Relationship

LiveConnections and World Cafe Live are completely separate entities with separate missions, budgets, staffing and programming. LiveConnections is a nonprofit and our programs are funded through the generosity of many foundations and individual donors.

When referring to our programs, please always reference LiveConnections as the presenting organization. Only refer to our partner venue World Cafe Live when talking about the physical location of an event.

Please note that LiveConnections is one word with no space. World Cafe Live is always three words, with no accent on "cafe."

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 World of Percussion Bridge Session

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Press Releases & Articles

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

Kristin LeePhiladelphia 04/08/2014 — 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 theramin, steelpan, guitar, South Indian singing and spoken word, and range from folk to house music, while also including abstract works and more traditional classical pieces.

NEWS: Flying Kite: "All In: A growing number of city institutions aim to increase access and inclusivity"

LiveStudioPhiladelphia 03/25/2014 - 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."

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

Kinan AzmehPhiladelphia 03/14/2014 - 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.”

PRESS RELEASE: Clarinetist and Composer Kinan Azmeh and His Quartet Present a Concert of Jazz, Classical and Music from Syria on March 14

Kinan AzmehPhiladelphia 02/21/2014 — Syrian-born clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, a performer who has been called “spellbinding” by The New Yorker and “virtuoso…intensely soulful” by the New York Times, strives to reach a balance between classical, jazz and the music of his homeland. In this concert on March 14 presented by LiveConnections, the quartet performs a program of Azmeh’s unique compositions.

NEWS: Sometimes Dance Is Music and Music Is Dance

ClassicAlivePhiladelphia 02/05/2014 - Lewis Whittington of The Dance Journal reviews our February 2 ClassicAlive concert featuring cellist Gabriel Cabezas and dancer Chloe Felesina. "[The] performance proved an adventurous and frequently electric up close and personal collaboration."

PRESS RELEASE: LiveConnections Presents a Musical Pas de Deux on Feb. 2

Gabriel Cabezas and Chloe FelesinaPhiladelphia 01/16/2014 — Featuring cellist Gabriel Cabezas and BalletX dancer Chloe Felesina, LiveConnections presents a musical pas de deux on February 2 at 12 p.m. The unique performance features cello compositions by Bach, Britten, Golijov and Saariaho, translated into movement by Felesina. The program will include both choreographed works and improvisation, showcasing each artist’s nimble artistry and interdisciplinary collaboration.

NEWS: Mixing Musical Flavors at LiveConnections' Bridge Sessions

Bridge SessionPhiladelphia 10/15/2013 - Alaina Mabaso of Flying Kite talks with Alex Shaw and David Bradley about LiveConnections' Bridge Sessions. "The underlying message is that it's OK to experiment and connect with others who are different from you."

PRESS RELEASE: LiveConnections’ Innovative and Collaborative Concert Series Features Harpist Elizabeth Hainen on October 27

Elizabeth HainenPhiladelphia 10/11/2013 — Featuring a range of musicians from diverse musical cultures, LiveConnections’ 2013-2014 concert season highlights the role of the soloist in pushing the boundaries of classical music traditions. The new season features a lineup of soloists who have inspired or created new collaborative works or commissions that provide new ways of interpreting or listening to classical music.

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