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    2015 Fringe Festival brings another season of cutting-edge performance to Philadelphia

    Sept. 4, 2015, 10:02 a.m., Posted by Chip Schwartz

    Through Sept. 19, FringeArts in Philadelphia is hosting the 2015 Fringe Festival, sponsored by Knight Foundation. Each September, venues around town play host to cutting-edge, contemporary performance in just about every corner of the city. With more than 1,000 curated and independently produced performances, the 17-day Fringe Festival puts Philly on the map as a go-to destination for innovative live acts.

    Having opened its permanent waterfront headquarters on Delaware Avenue in 2013, FringeArts has a dedicated space for presenting shows and events all year long. The massive former firetruck pumping station has been converted into a 232-seat theater space, along with the adjoining restaurant, La Peg, which includes indoor and outdoor seating and a beer hall. Music and drinks are always available at FringeArts during late night, even after all of the programming winds down.

    One of the highlights of this year’s Fringe Festival will the U.S. premiere of “After the Rehearsal / Persona,” with nightly 8 p.m. performances Sept. 3-5.

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    More than vocals on display at Christine Goerke's master class for Miami Summer Music Festival

    Sept. 4, 2015, 8:33 a.m., Posted by Sebastian Spreng

    A hurricane swept through Miami, but instead of leaving destruction and desolation in its wake, it left an unprecedented number of happy, hopeful faces. The hurricane had a name: Christine Goerke. She came, taught her master class and left. It was a coup for the Miami Summer Music Festival and its artistic director and founder, Michael Rossi, who managed to bring the much-sought-after diva for a class that was memorable in every way–a class that left an indelible mark on the eight fortunate young sopranos who served as “victims” of that benign priestess of song.

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    Porch Rokr: Neighborhood music festival in Akron, Ohio, attracts almost 10,000 people

    Sept. 4, 2015, 8:20 a.m., Posted by Roger Durbin

    Even a brief bout of rain in the middle of the afternoon didn’t slow things down at this year’s Porch Rokr. The annual community music festival, which is sponsored by Knight Foundation, was held this past weekend on Aug. 29, drawing almost 10,000 people to Akron, Ohio’s Highland Square neighborhood, organizers said.

    The day began with a lively opening ceremony at 10:15 a.m. as the Porch Rokr Guitar Orchestra performed for the early arrivals, and ended on the main stage on Merriman Road with headliners Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites–a local band that’s been described as the latest “northern soul dance craze.” In between, there were performances by more than 100 musical groups, which played at 14-15 different venues per hour. The bands performed on porches, lawns and the plazas that are sprinkled throughout Highland Square. As soon as you got out of ear shot of one musical group, you could hear the strains of the next one along an adjacent avenue.

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