Winter Interlude at Falls of Schuylkill Library:
Music in the stacks at this beautiful 1913 Andrew Carnegie library building
Music in the stacks!

Piano for Pets at Philly Fringe Festival

posted Aug 16, 2020, 10:45 AM by Barbara Browne   [ updated Aug 16, 2020, 10:50 AM ]

Red House Pop-Up Space Opens

posted Mar 22, 2014, 7:28 PM by Barbara Browne   [ updated Dec 4, 2016, 3:09 PM ]

Red House, a pop-up music space located at 3733 Midvale Avenue in the lovely East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia, opened its doors in April 2014. Red House brought a brief burst of music and culture to the neighborhood with diverse offerings of live performances, kids concerts and even a tea party! 

Wed April 30: Gloria Galante, harp and Odean Pope, sax  7:30 pm. $15
Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with harp and sax! To see Gloria Galante is to be galvanized by the infinite magic of possibility. Indeed, this petite dynamo is a chameleon harpist. She has performed with Jose Feliciano, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Jr., and Luther Vandross, among others, and toured internationally as a solo artist, chamber musician, and member of jazz and Afro-Cuban ensembles. Galante has released 30 recordings and is a dedicated educator as well. Odean Pope is one of Philadelphia's jazz legends and a founding father of the saxophone. A member of the Max Roach Quartet for more than two decades, Pope has performed and recorded with some of the world’s greatest jazz artists. His artistry as performer, composer and arranger has earned him many awards and citations from the City of Philadelphia, The Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Music Composition, The Rockefeller Foundation and Chamber Music America.

Sun April 27: Devin Hoff, double bass 7 pm.  $10
Devin has been active in creative music for over 20 years, appearing in thousands of performances and on over a hundred records with a wide range of musicians and bands. He has worked with the legendary Yoko Ono, iconic guitarist Nels Cline, art-pop singer/songwriter Julia Holter and avant-dance band Cibo Matto. Devin's folk-music based repertoire for double bass integrates various musical traditions with contemporary composition and improvisation.

Sat 4/19: Cupcake Concert: Babar the Elephant by Poulenc. Barbara Browne, keyboard/narrator  11 am.  $8 adult/$5 child
"In the great forest, a little elephant was born." Thus begins the classic children's book The Story of Babar the Little Elephant, written and illustrated by Jean de Brunhoff.  French composer Francis Poulenc set this beloved tale to music at the request of his three-year-old cousin Sophiek, and the result was the thirty minute concert piece Babar the Elephant for piano and narrator.  Listeners of all ages will be delighted by the fresh, colorful music and heartwarming story of Babar's journey from orphan to King of the Elephants.  Pianist/narrator Barbara Browne brings Babar to vivid life for audiences to enjoy.

Sun 4/13: Monique Canniere, Vocalinist 7 pm.  $10
Drawing from a wide and eclectic variety of styles, Monique's sound is her own. As a professional violinist and singer, she has gained a solid mastery in a wide range of styles. She has strong roots in traditional Celtic music, which she performed with her father Vic in competitions and folk festivals since the age of six. Building on this foundation, Monique now performs and improvises in many different genres, specializing in classical, Baroque, jazz, contemporary pop, and original compositions.  Some of Monique's strongest musical influences come from Eastern Europe, Italy, Russia, Israel, South India, Brazil, Argentina, and Ireland. 

Red House concerts are about one hour long. Tickets are available at the door. Street parking is available. 

Top Places For Live Piano Music in Philly

posted Jan 11, 2014, 12:05 PM by Barbara Browne   [ updated Jan 11, 2014, 12:29 PM ]

Barbara's former Friday night spot is listed in Philly's top four!
check it out here.

image from Boston Public Library

'Barbara played Babar'

posted Jun 4, 2012, 9:07 AM by Barbara Browne   [ updated Jun 4, 2012, 9:07 AM ]


Many of you missed Barbara’s performance on Saturday. If you attended, you would have been spellbound by her as she played the piano part that Poulenc wrote to accompany The Story of Babar, a familiar book in our family and probably yours as well. Poulenc captures the sway of the elephants walking, the scrambling in the sand as they play together, the baths (don’t elephants just love baths!), and the gun shot that killed Babar’s mother. Barbara had us laughing and crying with her superb piano playing – crisp, rhythmic, colorful, exciting – and narrated in a voice that captured the attention of the children as well as the adults. And all this with Babar overseeing the program (see photo attached). The good news is that Barbara has agreed to do the performance again later in the summer. Watch this space!

poulenc-babar Barbara plays Babar 6-2-12

Savoy News from The Fallser

posted Jun 7, 2011, 10:47 AM by Barbara Browne   [ updated Jun 8, 2011, 9:26 AM ]

East Falls Pianist and OA Performers Enrich Production at Longwood Gardens

Contributed by The Fallser
June 2011

The Savoy Company will present its production of Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe, or The Peer and the Peri at Longwood Gardens on Friday & Saturday, June 10 & 11, with a full professional orchestra. Maestro Dan Rothermel, recently retired from The Shawmont School in Roxborough, returns for his 31st season as music director. Roberta Morrell of London’s D'Oyle Carte Opera Company is artistic director. We're proud to support East Falls resident, Barbara Browne, as rehearsal accompanist. Two Old Academy Players members, Elliott Rotman and Linda Marie Bell, join Roxborough resident Hether May onstage in chorus with Manayunk resident, John Nicholas Peters, starring as Lord Mountararat.

courtesy of The Fallser Newspaper

Congratulations, Cream & Sugar!

posted Oct 12, 2010, 9:29 AM by Barbara Browne   [ updated Jun 8, 2011, 9:28 AM ]

Cream and Sugar Cafe is as delicious as its name sounds

Published: Tuesday, October 05, 2010   MAIN LINE SUBURBAN LIFE

By Sarah Elizabeth Hull

Cream and Sugar Café is not a meditation space, although one feels relaxed and refreshed after visiting. Kenny and Kay Gould are husband-and-wife co-owners and “transplants” from Philadelphia who have created a comfortable café in the heart of Wayne where patrons are welcomed without an Internet connection.

A clean, well-lit place

Kay may be diminutive in stature yet she is a powerful “muse” in knowing how to create a visually inviting environment. The charming wooden tables and eclectic mix of chairs, real plants that bloom in the natural light, three panels of artwork of the Italian countryside, and an ebony baby-grand piano set the stage for enjoying a delicious sandwich or salad, coffee or soda. There is also an informal couch area with a coffee table painted by their first employee, who has since gone to art-therapy school.

Kenny said they’ve recently had three people study there for the bar exam (and pass), a professor from Haverford College edit a manuscript by their big windows, and Philadelphia actors and actresses stop in. Businesspeople enjoy conducting meetings at tables where they can spread out their papers, and mothers and children socialize weekly for play dates. There is also a knitting group that meets monthly on the couches, and two piano players regale customers with their music. Eric plays familiar songs from Broadway to Disney show tunes and Barbara is a classically trained pianist who plays on Sunday afternoons.

As Richard Alliger, national TV and theater actor, artist and frequent patron, said, “Kenny and Kay are just nice people. They go out of their way to make for a pleasant experience whether it’s just coffee or really well-prepared, fresh sandwiches. The Cream and Sugar Café is clean, comfortable, and you never feel hurried. The icing on the cake is that Sunday afternoons Barbara Brown plays the piano for us. Her repertoire runs the gamut from Chopin to Gershwin to ragtime. And since Barbara is also such a nice person she goes out of her way to play your favorite selections. Wayne has become a magnet for coffeehouses. All of them are good, but Cream and Sugar Café is exceptional.”

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