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Coverage of the performing arts in Philadelphia.

Published: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:10:50 GMT2017-11-17T23:10:50Z


Pennsylvania Ballet names Shelly Power next executive director

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:10:50 GMT2017-11-17T23:10:50Z

"When you walk around and hear the music and see the dancers, you are reminded of why you do what you do and work so hard."

Anselm Kiefer says Auguste Rodin was a creative destroyer, just like him. Their joint show is now at the Barnes.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:12:56 GMT2017-11-17T20:12:56Z

Anselm Kiefer talked with us about his creative process - and what he has in common with sculptor Auguste Rodin. The esteemed German contemporary artist is in Philly for the opening of the Barnes Foundation "Kiefer Rodin" show combining the two masters' works.

Philadelphia Orchestra makes Haydn's 'The Seasons' as new as tomorrow, as comfortable as yesterday

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:04:57 GMT2017-11-17T20:04:57Z

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Symphonic Choir didn't quite have their arms around Haydn's "The Seasons," a major oratorio that was given its first full performance by the orchestra. But the vocal soloists were wonderful.

'Kiefer Rodin' exhibit at the Barnes Foundation is a thrilling and stimulating mash-up

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:57:01 GMT2017-11-17T19:57:01Z

Anselm Kiefer and Auguste Rodin, featured at the Barnes Foundation in a joint exhibition, find common ground across the centuries in the great medieval cathedrals. The exciting show opens Friday and runs through March 12.

'Annie' at Walnut Theatre: No leapin' lizards here

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:13:51 GMT2017-11-17T18:13:51Z

"Annie," through Jan. 7 at the Walnut Theatre, has been a perennial favorite since its debut on Broadway in 1977 - but the Walnut production is slow and awkward.

Ailyn Pérez ascends to the Met from a Philadelphia launch pad

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:44:41 GMT2017-11-17T16:44:41Z

Ailyn Pérez is now starring as Thais at the Metropolitan Opera. Philly saw that coming: Even before her graduation from the Academy of Vocal Arts, Pérez was drawing adoration.

Philadelphia Contemporary is re-imagining what a modern art museum can be … now with a high-profile import from NYC

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:20:11 GMT2017-11-17T15:20:11Z

From the mind of former PAFA head Harry Philbrick comes Philadelphia Contemporary, an ambitious new art museum offering the latest in multidisciplinary art.

Philadelphia Museum of Art commemorates Rodin death centennial (and shows off that bust that turned up in N.J. town hall)

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:15:57 GMT2017-11-16T20:15:57Z

The Rodin Museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts a ceremony Friday morning honoring its namesake French artist, who died 100 years ago to the day. In other Rodin news, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is now displaying the Rodin bust of Napoleon that recently turned up in a New Jersey town hall.

'The Craftsman' at Lantern Theater: Vermeer, worth, fakery, and truth

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:22:03 GMT2017-11-16T17:22:03Z

Lantern Theater Company presents The Craftsman, by prize-winning local playwright Bruce Graham, through Dec. 10. This intriguing world premiere involves forgery, revenge, Vermeer, and much else. Graham's play also resonates in our moment, wracked by issues of worth, fakery, prejudice, and revenge.

Scott Greer is brilliant in Arden's 'Every Brilliant Thing'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:52:50 GMT2017-11-16T16:52:50Z

"Every Brilliant Thing" is playing at the Arden Theatre Company through Dec. 10. Scott Greer turns a one-man show into a cast of 80 in the brand-new "Bob and Selma" stage. This is an audience-participation heartbreaker, about what makes life worth living, what the brilliant things in life really are. We come out loving life and the brilliant things more.

Leonardo da Vinci's Christ painting sells for record $450M

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:27:07 GMT2017-11-16T03:27:07Z

NEW YORK (AP) - A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million (380 million euros) at auction on Wednesday, smashing previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately.

'A desperate cry for help.' 400 busted Philly school instruments revived for Symphony for a Broken Orchestra

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:43:00 GMT2017-11-15T23:43:00Z

The project is part crowdfunding campaign to fix the instruments and part avant-garde music experiment, with a score from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

Composer Steve Mackey and Orchestra 2001 bring their out-there opera, 'Slide,' to Manayunk

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:19:33 GMT2017-11-15T23:19:33Z

Orchestra 2001 went deeper into the world of hybrid music theater with Steve Mackey's "Slide," heard on Tuesday at Princeton's Taplin Auditorium before going on to the Venice Island Performing Arts Center in Manayunk on Thursday.

Juicy documentary 'The Paris Opera' has faces Philly may recognize

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:14:51 GMT2017-11-15T23:14:51Z

Jean-Stephane Bron's movie goes backstage for a close look at young artists, established artists, a bull named Easy Rider, and an ejected ballet master.

Philadelphia Orchestra names Matthew Loden and Ryan Fleur interim leaders

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:37:58 GMT2017-11-15T21:37:58Z

The orchestra hopes to have a new president named by March 1.

Academy of Natural Sciences names Scott Cooper new president

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:48:28 GMT2017-11-15T19:48:28Z

Scott Cooper has been named the new leader of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. He's now a vice president at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Canada.

'New World' at Bucks County: Guarini, Thanksgiving, and a talking turkey, oh, my

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:33:55 GMT2017-11-15T18:33:55Z

"The New World," running through Dec. 2 at Bucks County Playhouse, is a world-premiere musical about the first Thanksgiving. It's very funny. With sparkly leads Justin Guarini and Julian Gottlieb, a diverse cast, and some good songs, it constantly undercuts itself and our expectations, which is why it's funny - and nimbly avoids schmaltz and stereotype.

Old City's Florcy Morisset returns for an art bash with that old Vivant flair

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:35:12 GMT2017-11-15T13:35:12Z

The former Vivant gallery owner has taken her business online and out of town. This weekend she comes home to host a Manayunk art show, a discussion on art and politics, and a gala art auction to benefit Rush Arts Philadelphia.

Revolution museum acquires only image known showing Washington's tent in the field

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:30:29 GMT2017-11-15T12:30:29Z

The extremely rare 1782 watercolor was painted by Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the man who designed Washington.

Philadelphia Orchestra adds free concert

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:24:17 GMT2017-11-14T22:24:17Z

The hour-long concert features organist Peter Richard Conte.