Margaret Darby received her BA in piano performance from Davidson College. She earned a MA in interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, which led to a career in Brussels, Belgium as a freelance interpreter. She earned an MS in library science at Drexel University and worked as a reference librarian in New Castle County, Delaware and as a school librarian in Cecil County, Maryland. She began writing reviews in 2006. She is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America and was a founding member of the writing team for Delaware Arts Info. She contributes to Phindie, Phillylifeandculture, Delcoculturevultures, and the German Society of Pennsylvania’s Staatsbote.
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The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents a program for violas and piano
With a program starring violists Hsin-Yun Huang and Misha Armory and pianist Thomas Sauer, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society spotlighted the alto voice of the string family with an inventive online program. Margaret Darby reviews.
The German Society of Pennsylvania presents Natalie Zhu and Clancy Newman
How does a concert on video compare to a live one?
A concert at the German Society with cellist Clancy Newman and pianist Natalie Zhu provided a unique opportunity to compare a live concert with a video version. Margaret Darby reviews both.
Network for New Music presents ‘Musical Ecologies’
Music of the (bio)spheres
Network for New Music’s ‘Musical Ecologies’ was right at home beside the birdfeeders at the Discovery Center. Margaret Darby reviews.
2020's One Book, One Philadelphia kickoff drew a huge crowd for author Tommy Orange
Exposing buried truths
The launch of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia program drew a crowd to hear Tommy Orange talk about his debut novel, ‘There There.’ Margaret Darby was there.
PCMS presents Emerging Voices: Art Song and Social Connection
Where art song reigns
In a special two-week series, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society takes a dramatic leap into the revelatory, reflective power of art song. Margaret Darby is there.
The Playing and Preserving project aims to save Philly’s endangered historic organs
A national nonprofit is combining the forces of several music organizations to help 10 Philadelphia congregations preserve historic organs, launching a three-concert series to engage the public with these important instruments. Margaret Darby considers.
Orchestra 2001 presents George Crumb’s ‘The River of Life’
‘The River of Life’ meets the Delaware
Orchestra 2001 salutes George Crumb on the Cherry Street Pier. Margaret Darby reviews.
Philly Fringe 2019: FringeArts presents ‘FASE, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich’
An infallible collision
Steve Reich’s music is illuminated by the brilliant choreography of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Margaret Darby reviews.
Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy presents Mac McClure in ‘An Afternoon of Spanish Music’
A refreshing Spanish repertoire
Pianist Mac McClure’s guest recital as a faculty artist with the Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy brought an exciting performance of rarely heard music to the Academy of Vocal Arts. Margaret Darby reviews.
The Library Company of Philadelphia presents ‘From Negro Pasts to Afro-Futures'
How Black Americans portrayed themselves
A new exhibition at the Library Company of Philadelphia heads deep into a rich collection of Africana to show how Black artists of the past saw the future. Margaret Darby reviews.
Piffaro and Sonnambula present ‘Dancers’ Delight’
A Renaissance in spring
This March evening of Renaissance dance music revives the fresh and artful sound of the era. Margaret Darby reviews.
Network for New Music presents ‘Millennial Music’
Brave new world
Six pieces by composers of the millennial generation, including two world premieres commissioned by Network for New Music, prove that contemporary music is in good hands. Margaret Darby reviews.
One Book, One Philadelphia presents Jesmyn Ward’s ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’
Rebellious characters unite Philly
Jesmyn Ward’s second National Book Award-winning novel, 'Sing, Unburied, Sing,' packed the house for the launch of the Free Library’s 2019 One Book, One Philadelphia program. Margaret Darby reviews.
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents the Gamut Bach Ensemble
Koji Otsuki’s Gamut Bach Ensemble draws a crowd for a reason — his chamber players have a beautifully controlled and delicate sound. In last night’s performance, however, some of the singers had more lurch than lullaby. Margaret Darby reviews.
PCMS presents the Horszowski Trio with Roberto Díaz
A penchant for pianissimo
The Horszowski Trio remained faithful to the musical aspirations of its namesake as Roberto Díaz brought a compelling fourth to the group. Margaret Darby reviews.