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Published: Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:10:22 GMT


Takács Quartet, in transition, is stirring at the Kimmel
The quartet revived a great piece: the Dohnányi "String Quartet in D Flat Major."

Opera Philadelphia's O18 brings the festival format back - but what about Opera on the Mall?
The Opera Philadelphia 2018-19 season will feature singers Marietta Simpson, Frederica von Stade, Patricia Racette, and Stephanie Blythe - and two premieres. One is a multimedia installation at the Barnes Foundation including music by Handel and Philip Glass.

Baritone Thomas Meglioranza and pianist Reiko Uchida in stunning Schubert song cycle
Sunday afternoon the pair let Schubert's "Die schöne Müllerin" speak for itself.

Caroline Shaw's 'Seven Joys' premiered by Symphony in C and Mendelssohn Club
Beethoven's "Ninth" and the new "Seven Joys" by Shaw were two distinct ways of looking at joy.

Philadelphia Orchestra recording of Bernstein's Mass is a groovy - and powerful - '70s artifact
It may not be a masterpiece, but the Bernstein "Mass" only seems to gather relevance.

At PCMS recital, Pierre-Laurent Aimard is easier to admire than love
Moderns on the way to Beethoven put the "Hammerklavier Sonata" in another context.

Pianist Henry Kramer makes a stunning Astral Artists debut
A big personality with a big sound in Schumann and Ravel.

Audra McDonald comes to Longwood Gardens this summer
Along with Audra McDonald, Longwood Gardens' summer concert lineup includes a taping of NPR's "From the Top" hosted by pianist Christopher O'Riley, plus other jazz and classical artists.

Despite feathery textures from the 'Swan Lake' pit, orchestra has some work to do
A bigger Pennsylvania Ballet orchestra would heighten the impact.

What really matters in the arts? Bob Capanna remembrance served as a reminder
A memorial for Settlement Music School's Bob Capanna gathered up hundreds of arts leaders - and left behind something of a cultural manifesto for Philadelphia.