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Published: Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:06:47 GMT

 












Orchestra's magical 'Harry Potter' enchants young audience
Superman dropped in to rescue the first violins. Predictably, perhaps, killer clowns had infiltrated the bassoons. And back in the percussion section, a Tyrannosaurus rex was on the loose.



Classical picks: Rattle re-redux; The Met does 'William Tell'
Reverberations of Rattle. If you didn't get a chance to hear Simon Rattle's recent Mahler in Philadelphia or at Carnegie Hall, pull up the Berlin Philharmonic's Digital Concert Hall and listen to his Mahler Symphony No. 7. The performance is captured with crystalline, close-up views of Rattle and the Philharmonic, and has a bonus interview in which Rattle discusses the work. www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/home



Orchestra board OK's new contract; players play pop-up concerts all over town
Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra fanned out across the region Tuesday, chatting up fans, playing in string quartets and wind quintets, and doing a little damage control.



Short or long, orchestra strike won't solve all problems
For an oddly giddy half hour or so Friday evening, it seemed as if the Philadelphia Orchestra's strike was going to be the shortest on record - a micro-strike. About a thousand listeners were filing into Verizon Hall for the orchestra's opening-night gala, most not knowing that the orchestra had gone out on strike about an hour before.



EXHIBITION
Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies, I through VII Through Jan. 8 at the Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Parkway.



Musicians, orchestra continue labor talks beyond Sept. 12
Musicians and management of the Philadelphia Orchestra have agreed to continue talking for an unspecified period beyond the end of the current labor deal, which had been set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Monday.



Alon Goldstein at PYPA: Choice selections, packed with meaning
Alon Goldstein is always searching for beauty, and he nearly always finds it in no fewer than a dozen varieties. The pianist played a recital Tuesday night at the Curtis Institute as a faculty member for this summer's Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy. The repertoire was choice. And though the program was constructed of familiar composers, it seemed to make several points all at once.