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Published: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:01:00 GMT

 






Former young prodigy André Watts - and his legacy - returns to Philadelphia
The return of pianist André Watts this month is only the latest of his many appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra since his official debut 40-plus years ago at age 14 - here in the town where he grew up. Yet the Feb. 2-4 concerts will be anything but typical.















Susan Graham kicks off Phila. Orchestra 'Paris Festival'
The decisive moment went something like this: Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin - who became instant friends when she interviewed him on a Metropolitan Opera HD simulcast - hatched a plan for her to open the Philadelphia Orchestra's three-week Paris Festival this Thursday with Songs of the Auvergne.



More than an ocean away: Why don't we hear more of Europe's great musicians?
The Atlantic Ocean has rarely seemed wider for classical music artists: Since 9/11, nearly a generation of great European musicians have been available to Americans mainly via recordings and YouTube. Their numbers are growing. So is the artistic-stature factor.



Arvo Pärt music in three new discs: Does he belong among the greats?
Having passed the 80-year mark, Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is entering the tiny pantheon of Designated Great Living Composers - and there's no more unlikely candidate in the 21st century.



From 'Breaking the Waves' to 'Einstein on the Beach': The Year in Classical Music
When we look back over any year of classical music in Philadelphia, the bests are numerous and the worsts are hard to find.