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Published: Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:34:55 GMT


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.

Lawrence Brownlee will premiere new song cycle for Opera Philadelphia before taking it to Carnegie Hall
Opera Philadelphia is co-commissioning the song cycle "Cycles of My Being," addressing the realities of modern African American life. It will premiere in Philadelphia during Black History Month and move on to Lyric Opera of Chicago, then Carnegie Hall.

Edgy 'Wolf-in-Skins' at the Kimmel brings rising stars back to Philly
The opera-ballet "Wolf-in-Skins" by composer Gregory Spears, choreographer Christopher Williams, and countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo comes to the Kimmel Center this week for two free workshop performances.

Philadelphia Orchestra fights that turkey tryptophan effect
No post-Thanksgiving slumbering was allowed at the Philadelphia Orchestra's Friday Gershwin-dominated concert.

11 great gifts for Philly classical music fans who think they already have everything
What to give the classical music fan who already has everything? The new Maria Callas: Live Remastered Edition and some well-chosen Philadelphia Orchestra tickets, for starters. Read on for nine more great gifts.