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Published: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:53:33 GMT


Pig Iron's Fringe show comes with a $400,000 price tag and a cast of 87
Is the end near? Pig Iron Theatre examines the topic of global extinction in "A Period of Animate Existence," part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Don't ask her to sing the phone book, but this diva's heart is as big as Chicago
Opera Philadelphia's O17 festival needed a star, and Sondra Radvanovsky generously met that need with her recital Sunday.

O17 Festival: Opera, war, PTSD, and bright ideas that don't quite gel
Two operas, two Philadelphia Museum of Art locations and one subject - war - is the latest chapter in Opera Philadelphia's O17 festival.

'Elizabeth Cree' opens O17 festival with bloody good opera
You couldn't look away from Opera Philadelphia's Thursday premiere of "Elizabeth Cree," no matter how high the corpse count.

At Penn, Daedalus boldly embarks on the full Beethoven string-quartet cycle
The Daedalus Quartet is playing all of Beethoven's string quartets, with the staged reading of a play and some other affiliated events to help make sense of them all.

Edgy sax quartet going even further out there for Fringe Fest show
PRISM Quartet adds high-tech imagery for its "Breath Beneath" concert Thursday at Drexel University's URBN Center Annex.

An appreciation: Composer Michael Friedman, a GFS grad
His death Saturday from HIV complications shocked the theater world. He wrote music for great classical plays as well as songs that expressed the soul of the characters who sang them.

Philadelphian is one busy and versatile music man
The high-glam projects are circling Michael Friedman like airliners in air-traffic-control gridlock. Having worked on two unlikely New York theater hits that opened within weeks of each other this summer, the 31-year-old Philadelphia-born composer is in the final stages of a musical about the evangelical movement titled This Beautiful City.

'Sophia's Forest': A refugee opera where the trees are wired
Philadelphia composer Lembit Beecher's world-premiere opera, "Sophia's Forest," experiments with sound sculptures on stage.

Bernstein's 100th, Philly's own opera fest, and 16 more top picks in classical music
Lots of concepts - high, low, and sideways - are defining the coming season in Philadelphia classical music. And beyond all of that, here are the events to which our critics are looking forward.