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Published: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:01:00 GMT


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.

Summer facelift for the venerable Academy of Music
It's easy to spot the splashier renovations to the Academy of Music from the past couple of decades - the meticulously restored ballroom, or the enormous crystal chandelier in the main auditorium that now closely resembles the original.

Classical picks: Tribute to Prince; a conductor's masterful final work
Black Pearls, Purple Rain. The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra pays tribute to Prince on Friday at the Dell Music Center in a side-by-side performance with local amateurs. Conductor Jeri Lynne Johnson leads the ensemble in tunes including "Raspberry Beret" and "The Beautiful Ones." Information: 267-702-2809, - Peter Dobrin

Stalwart Abramovic in virtuosic recital
Charles Abramovic is the big catch who didn't get away. While pianists like Lang Lang and Marc-André Hamelin have moved on to other cities, Abramovic is steadfastly a Philadelphian after following one of his teachers, Harvey Wedeen, into the piano department at Temple University nearly three decades ago.

A game-changing opera director with imagination
Ruth "Kay" Castaldo, 67, an opera director whose imaginative ways helped define the genre during a key period in Philadelphia, died Monday, Aug. 1, in Edgewood, N.M., after battling a brain tumor, her agent said.

Classical picks: Great deals at F.Y.E.; great concerts at PYPA
Tangible Assets. No one should interpret the closing of the F.Y.E. at Broad and Chestnut Streets as the twilight of classical music. It's just that recorded music is moving to nonphysical formats, so who needs a physical store? There is a silver lining: a

Curtis Summerfest: Learning music by doing
The Curtis Institute of Music likes to say its students "learn by doing" - where is this not the case? - but it pays to learn by listening, too. At Friday night's Summerfest concert, there was plenty for young scholars to imagine someday taking

Shopping for classical music: A remembrance
Mark Obert-Thorn remembers what it was like to grow up a classical-record listener in Philadelphia of a certain era.