Robert Zaller is Distinguished University Professor at Drexel at Drexel University, as well as a playwright and poet, and a critic whose contributions have appeared in the New York Times and The Nation and locally in the Inquirer, Seven Arts, the Welcomat, Philadelphia Forum and Schuylkill Valley Journal. He lives in Bala Cynwyd.
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The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents Peter Serkin
Pianist Peter Serkin brought varying touches to a program of Mozart and Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations.’ Robert Zaller reviews.
PCMS presents Imogen Cooper, piano
Three classics and a modern
PCMS brought British pianist Imogen Cooper to Philadelphia with a "rich and demanding" program. Robert Zaller reviews.
'A Thousand Natural Shocks: A Collection of Stories,' by Richard Burgin
A new collection of short stories by Richard Burgin highlights the author's mastery of his art: plumbing the human psyche. Robert Zaller reviews.
Lightbox Film Center's Autumn Sonata: An Ingmar Bergman Centennial Retrospective
A Bergman bonanza
In the centennial year of Ingmar Bergman's birth, Lightbox Film Center joins art houses around the world in celebrating the auteur's work. Robert Zaller reviews.
Chris Weitz's 'Operation Finale'
The Nazis are back
In Chris Weitz's 'Operation Finale,' Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Holocaust, gets kidnapped and steals the film. Robert Zaller reviews.
ICE and soda
Is Mayor Jim Kenney trying to have it both ways?
Has Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney failed to keep two of his major campaign promises? Robert Zaller considers.
The Cosmopolitan Club presents 'Nancy Herman: Small Oil Paintings'
Shafts of light, slants of dark
Nancy Herman's 'Small Oil Paintings' offer glimpses of daily life rendered in light and shadow. Robert Zaller reviews.
The Philadelphia Orchestra and "sacred spaces"
Take it to the streets
The Philadelphia Orchestra's tour of Europe and Israel brought out protesters, but why now, and why in the concert hall? Robert Zaller considers.
Claire Denis's 'Let the Sun Shine In (Un Beau Soleil Intérieur)'
What's a woman alone to do?
Claire Denis's silly French sex comedy — featuring Juliette Binoche and Gérard Depardieu — never grows up. Robert Zaller reviews.
PCMS presents the Brahms Sextets
Brahms all the way
PCMS offered a rare opportunity to hear both Brahms sextets played in tandem. Robert Zaller reviews.
Lynne Ramsay's 'You Were Never Really Here'
Joaquin Phoenix's raw intensity elevates Lynne Ramsay's 'You Were Never Really Here' from a run-of-the-mill action movie. Robert Zaller reviews.
'The Death of Stalin,' by Armando Iannucci
The music lover
Armando Iannucci's 'The Death of Stalin' uses black humor to depict the scrum of toadies jostling for the Soviet premier's position. Robert Zaller reviews.
PCMS presents the Takács Quartet
Vienna, Bonn, and Budapest
The Takács Quartet brought "a cornerstone of the Hungarian repertory" to its PCMS recital. Robert Zaller reviews.
PCMS presents 'Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Piano'
Beethoven's 33rd Sonata?
Ignat Solzhenitsyn's PCMS performance brought together Shostakovich and Schubert, but called to mind a few other composers. Robert Zaller reviews.
Philadelphia Orchestra presents 'Hilary Hahn Plays Bernstein'
Plato and friends
The Philadelphia Orchestra's 'Hilary Hahn Plays Bernstein' program spanned three centuries and included ancient influences. Robert Zaller reviews.