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Thrice Blest at Penn

The string trio Ensemble Epomeo recently finished up a tour through New England, Canada, Philadelphia, and Princeton, playing Bach, Beethoven, Hans Gál, Alfred Schnittke, Richard Strauss, and my Thrice Blest. I was able to catch them at the University of Pennsylvania...

Gallery of Success

A month ago I was honored to be the recipient of the Gallery of Success award from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music. It’s ”given annually to a graduate of each of the university’s schools and colleges, noting the success and distinction of Temple alumni.” I...

Horace Silver

Filling in at WRTI, midnight to 6, my first-ever on-air jazz shift. At 1:05 a.m., the phone rings. Two and a half minutes to end of CD. “WRTI, Kile Smith.” “Hey, who’s this?” Um… “This is Kile, hi.” …Silence…...