Alan Abel http://wrti.org en Where Music Lives: At Percussionist Alan Abel's House http://wrti.org/post/where-music-lives-percussionist-alan-abels-house <p>Music lives on a leafy street in the Philadelphia suburb of Wynnewood, where a former Philadelphia Orchestra percussionist and longtime teacher continues to share his talents as a musician and craftsman. WRTI’s Susan Lewis visits percussionist Alan Abel:</p><p><strong>Lewis:</strong> Abel’s basement was long ago transformed into a studio where he teaches current students, and coaches former students for orchestra auditions.</p><p><strong>Abel</strong>:&nbsp; I bought a five octave marimba to accommodate the students and auditionees. This came in pieces... Now,&nbsp;the timpani, that’s another story...This is an old old xylophone ...that’s an interesting bass drum.. and my bass drum stand, which I invented in the early to mid '60s.</p><p><strong>Lewis</strong>: &nbsp;Today, orchestras all over the world use Abel’s suspended drum stands – as well as the triangles he began manufacturing 50 years ago.&nbsp; In a backyard workshop, Abel teaches groups of students to create triangle HOOKs – from coat hangers, plastic tubing, and fishing line – that hold the instrument&nbsp; just so.</p><p><strong>Abel</strong>:&nbsp; I’ll show you what happens when you suspend it...Now I can play faster rhythms...I can also play rolls.</p><p></p><p><strong>Lewis: </strong>&nbsp;Three of the four members of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s current percussion section studied with Abel, including Principal Chris Deviney.</p><p><strong>Deviney:</strong>&nbsp; Jan, his wife, offered you tea, and then you’d go down into the basement, or we’d call it&nbsp;the dungeon sometimes, and you’d have your lesson, and you felt really kind of like you were an extension of his family.</p><p><strong>Lewis</strong>: &nbsp;Although he retired as a full time member in 1997, Abel continues to play with The Philadelphia Orchestra when it calls.</p><p><a href="http://www.wrti.org/where-music-lives" target="_blank"><strong>Let us know <em>Where Music Lives</em> in your community!</strong> <strong>Add your ideas in the comments section here and check out our other <em>Where Music Lives </em>posts.</strong></a></p><p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Susan Lewis 5084 at http://wrti.org Where Music Lives: At Percussionist Alan Abel's House Yannick!--Percussionist Alan Abel--A Star Tenor and His Teacher http://wrti.org/post/yannick-percussionist-alan-abel-star-tenor-and-his-teacher <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, music director designate of The Philadelphia Orchestra.<br /><br />Susan Lewis profiles the legendary percussionist Alan Abel.<br /><br />David Patrick Stearns examines the relationship between star tenor Stephen Costello and his coach Bill Schuman, an Academy of Vocal Arts faculty member who is considered to be one of the great voice builders - and re-builders - in the business.</p><p>More Information:</p> Sat, 07 Jan 2012 21:23:00 +0000 Jim Cotter, Susan Lewis & David Patrick Stearns 2687 at http://wrti.org Yannick!--Percussionist Alan Abel--A Star Tenor and His Teacher The Fabulous Philadelphians in Europe--Operas at OCP--All About Alan Abel-Photography Show at PMA http://wrti.org/post/fabulous-philadelphians-europe-operas-ocp-all-about-alan-abel-photography-show-pma <p>David Patrick Stearns reports from the Philadelphia Orchestra's European tour.</p> <p>Opera Company of Philadelphia's new season is previewed.</p> <p>Susan Lewis profiles legendary percussionist Alan Abel.</p> <p>Jim Cotter looks ahead to a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring the photography of ten local artists.</p> Sat, 10 Sep 2011 19:33:00 +0000 David Patrick Stearns, Susan Lewis & Jim Cotter 2608 at http://wrti.org The Fabulous Philadelphians in Europe--Operas at OCP--All About Alan Abel-Photography Show at PMA