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Published: Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:51:55 GMT


Philadelphia Orchestra Brit fest opens on a wild note (cue the hyenas) with MacMillan's 'Scotch Bestiary'
The first of three programs in the British Isles Festival was an invigorating surprise.

Back in Philly, Solzhenitsyn will showcase his evolution
The concert at the American Philosophical Society will showcase some of the most admired but strangely neglected solo piano music.

David Patrick Stearns' best of 2017 in concert halls (and in Mongolia)
You can't say 2017 was a redundant year in Philadelphia's classical music community. New music was everywhere.

'Watch Night for Racial Justice' a jazzy new Philly event on New Year's Eve
Episcopal Cathedral, POWER, and a lineup of jazz artists are teaming up for a New Year's Eve Watch Day event promoting social justice.

The Philadelphia Orchestra powders its face - flatteringly
The Philadelphia Orchestra gave the U.S. premiere of a suite from the Thomas Ades opera "Powder Her Face" so convincingly that the suite may be better than the opera.

How classical music confronts current history and speaks loudly
The notes on the page stay the same, but classical music is constantly morphing in the face of history, from World War II to the Cold War to the scandal involving the Metropolitan Opera's James Levine.

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia departs from the score and reaches for the stars
From Mozart to John Cage, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia took a chance on improvisation on Sunday with mixed results, though the buck stops at the composer.

Symphony for a Broken Orchestra: What, exactly, did it sound like?
David Lang's symphony was no joke, but a significant addition to this Pulitzer Prize-winning composer's output, and something that conductor Jayce Ogren called "the right solution to the problem at hand."

NYC's Metropolitan Opera suspends conductor James Levine
Three men have accused the longtime Met official with sexual abuse when they were teens. Levine has been a periodic guest with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky: The world copes with the death of an operatic rock star
The passing of a great singer is always lamented, but with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, greater forces were at work, and not just his charisma.