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Published: Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:07:58 GMT


Virtuoso Joshua Bell joins the Philadelphia Orchestra for a performance that mirrors real life
When a classical music concert is working particularly well, it tells you what you've been thinking and feeling, whether or not you consciously knew it.

Lawrence Brownlee's 'Cycles of My Being': 'Hold on to your seats'
On Tuesday, the star tenor and Opera Philadelphia artistic advisor world-premieres a song cycle meant to evoke the black male experience in America right now.

Philly composer Jennifer Higdon's new concerto didn't come easy - but they never do
Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon's "Low Brass Concerto" has its Philadelphia Orchestra premiere Feb. 22. She has two more concertos debuting this spring, for tuba and harp.

Opera Philadelphia's 'Written on Skin' is a new take on a not-so-old opera
What unfolded Friday at the Academy of Music was a red-blooded opera rooted with the visceral appeal of the blood-and-guts I Pagliacci, thanks to director William Kerley and designer Tom Rogers. To me, this was a significant move forward in this opera's still-short history.

Philly Grammy winner Jennifer Higdon delights Chicago with a new world premiere, coming here soon
Former Philadelphia Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti was at the podium, and in good form.

Philadelphia Orchestra does Scotland with poetic subtlety (and one bagpipe)
Special kudos to first associate concertmaster Juliette Kang, who projected sincere emotionalism in Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy," a feat for the ages.

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.