By Rébecca Kleinberger, Diana Robinson, Alexandra Rieger, Sizi Chen.
We greatly enjoyed spending time with expert music historian, Jack McCarthy, on our June and July trips to Philadelphia. He took us on a fascinating tour through the centuries of Philadelphia’s musical landscape: from the silence of the Quakers to the first public live music performance, through the early trend-setting of rock and roll, jazz, R&B, soul, and of course, the birth of the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra. Along the way, we learned about the vast complexity and diversity of Philly music including the Lenni-Lenape tribe, the Hermits of the Wissahickon, American Bandstand and Philadelphia International Records. (Rébecca, Diana, Alexandra, Sizi)