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Published: Sat, 20 May 2017 01:16:43 GMT


Mahler’s world gets even bigger with the Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra ended its season with Mahler’s gargantuan Symphony No. 3 with Yannick Nezet-Seguin fearlessly exploring every possible alley.

Philadelphia Orchestra's Asian tour rolls with the changes
The Philadelphia Orchestra will forge onto Mongolia after all, though only 18 members of it, after an on-again, off-again arrangement with the financially beleaguered government. The Far East tour also includes China and Korea.

Curtis Orchestra is off to Europe, with us on their tail
The Curtis Symphony Orchestra’s nine-city tour of Europe opens in Helsinki this weekend, with a “cozy” hall in Salzburg, an expansive one in Dresden and assorted adventures along the way.

Chamber Orchestra inspires love and loathing with new "Pictures"
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia finished its season with excellent Beethoven and a new work by its music director Dirk Brosse that listeners either loved or hated.

At 87, avant-garde Philly composer George Crumb pushes new boundaries
The edgy Philly master premiered a new piano cycle Sunday at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., based on great paintings. The piece had his characteristic alternative sound world, and the haunted landscapes that accompany it, plus good old-fashioned virtuosity.

The unfinished genius of Julius Eastman
Composer Julius Eastman (1940-1990) is being rescued from obscurity by the Bowerbird-produced festival Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental, through March 26.

"Happy Birthday" at 1812 Productions: Farce, slamming doors, and so many lies
"Happy Birthday," presented by 1812 Productions at Plays & Players Theatre, is a farce with plenty of lies, energy, and mixups. But it doesn't quite overcome the question: Why are we here?