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Coverage of the performing arts in Philadelphia.

Published: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:26:20 GMT2018-04-19T18:26:20Z


Is John Williams the next Kendrik Lamar? His Philadelphia Orchestra visit made us think, why not?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:26:20 GMT2018-04-19T18:26:20Z

Composer John Williams conducted his film scores with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Stéphane Denève led the ensemble's first performance of Williams' Tuba Concerto.

Penn Museum's Middle East Galleries reopen: Behold, the queen's beer straw

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:10:30 GMT2018-04-19T18:10:30Z

The Penn Museum reopens its revamped Middle East Galleries this weekend with a two-day festival. Look for the queen's beer straw and six more ancient objects to understand what the big update is trying to accomplish.

Network for New Music's Linda Reichert stepping down, honored with nine new pieces

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:23:15 GMT2018-04-19T17:23:15Z

The new-music group will honor Reichert at a concert next Sunday.

Deen Kogan, 87, who opened Society Hill Playhouse and introduced Philly to street theater

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:24:12 GMT2018-04-19T15:24:12Z

Deen Kogan, 87, of Society Hill, spent her life creating a thriving theater and mentoring actors.

Frank Zappa's obscure 'Yellow Shark' score is being performed in Philly

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:41:12 GMT2018-04-19T14:41:12Z

Orchestra 2001 plays selections from Frank Zappa's "The Yellow Shark" this Sunday at World Cafe Live. Hear more of it next weekend at the Fillmore Philly.

Cher musical casts two from Philly area in Broadway show

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:15:24 GMT2018-04-18T19:15:24Z

The Cher Show is coming to Broadway this fall, and its cast includes two locals in big roles. Micaela Diamond, a Margate City native, will be one of three actors playing Cher at different parts of her life. Jarrod Spector, a Germantown Academy grad, will play Sonny Bono.

Art works from La Salle museum go on the New York auction block beginning Wednesday

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:39:07 GMT2018-04-18T10:39:07Z

Sale of art has been greeted with controversy.

With Tre Voci, PCMS tests College of Physicians as new venue

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:45:34 GMT2018-04-17T16:45:34Z

The flute-viola-harp trio offered transcriptions and a local premiere.

'Rocky' as art: Philly gallery explores Italian Stallion in new show

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:41:43 GMT2018-04-16T19:41:43Z

Creed II is filming in Philly, while a Queen Village gallery plays tribute to the Italian Stallion

Annenberg and NextMove are now contemporary-dance partners

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:21:43 GMT2018-04-16T19:21:43Z

Annenberg's 2018-19 season includes 11 co-curated programs of contemporary dance, along with the usual breadth of theater, jazz, classical, and world music.

Richard Flanagan's 'First Person': A ghostwriter who fights lies with lies

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:51:42 GMT2018-04-16T16:51:42Z

Australian novelist Richard Flanagan follows 2014's "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" with "First Person," in which corporate con man Siegfried Heidl has defrauded banks of $700 million.

'Success Stories' celebrates Philadanco-bred choreographers at the Kimmel Center

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 22:27:31 GMT2018-04-14T22:27:31Z

Philadanco, looking ahead to its 50th anniversary in 2020, is turning introspective. This weekend at the Kimmel Center, the company is focusing on its legacy - former dancers who have become choreographers.

Surprise: There's good theater in the Philly suburbs

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:19:35 GMT2018-04-14T19:19:35Z

At places like People's Light, Bristol Riverside Theatre, the Eagle in Hammonton, Bucks County Playhouse, and West Chester's new Uptown Knauer, ambitions and quality are hitting new heights.

EgoPo's 'Madaket Road' is an odd, complicated, disturbing and moving conclusion of 'Lydie Breeze Trilogy'

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 16:49:42 GMT2018-04-14T16:49:42Z

It is not always clear where 'Madaket Road,' Part III of John Guare's 'Lydie Breeze Trilogy' at Egopo Classic Theatre, is leading us, but it is quite moving.

'Tell Me on a Sunday' at Walnut Street Theatre: Hot-pink '80s Andrew Lloyd Webber romance that falls flat

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 14:33:53 GMT2018-04-14T14:33:53Z

"Tell Me on a Sunday," through June 10 at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3, is an Andrew Lloyd Webber miniature musical about a young woman in search of love. In spite of pretty, talented vocalist Julia Udine, the show is vapid, with songs that sound the same and repetitive lyrics. And this 1980s search for a man seems to have exactly the wrong message for our moment. The effect is dreary.

Daniil Trifonov records Rachmaninoff with the Philadelphia Orchestra: Prepare to be dazzled

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 21:53:09 GMT2018-04-13T21:53:09Z

Daniil Trifonov and Yannick Nézet-Séguin proved to be equal partners in a Rachmaninoff "Piano Concerto No. 2" performance. The live recording could break the mold - in a great way.

Lemon Hill mansion becomes an image of resistance in daring art takeover

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:05:10 GMT2018-04-13T16:05:10Z

Philadelphia Contemporary installation by painter Jane Irish fills Lemon Hill with topical images of oppression, resistance, and - eventually - freedom.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin puts down his Philadelphia Orchestra baton for a night at the keyboard

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:34:56 GMT2018-04-13T13:34:56Z

The Philadelphia Orchestra music director played Brahms with strings from the ensemble.

Art Museum show gives American Modernists - and Philly ones - new respect

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 21:27:46 GMT2018-04-12T21:27:46Z

"Modern Times," opening Wednesday, elevates Florine Stettheimer, Stuart Davis, Berenice Abbott, Dox Thrash, Morton Schamberg, and others.

Brenda Hillman, ecologist of the spirit, reads her poetry at Bucks County Community College

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:51:23 GMT2018-04-12T19:51:23Z

Brenda Hillman is coming to Bucks County Community College on Friday evening, April 13, for a poetry reading with fellow poet Elizabeth Austin. Hillman is one of most accomplished poets, with nine books of poetry and many awards to her credit. She's an experimenter, a maker of her own forms, and a true explorer of reality, one of those voices you do not forget.