Steve Cohen is a writer and broadcaster who thinks of himself as a cultural historian rather than being labeled "critic." Broadway librettist and director Richard Maltby Jr suggested that he should just identify himself as “a music and theater lover with a big mouth.” Steve also produced and narrated histories of the Philadelphia Orchestra and other musical organizations for public radio and won the Armstrong Award for excellence in FM broadcasting.
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Academy of Vocal Arts presents Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'
This 'Flute' flouts convention
An unusual staging of 'The Magic Flute' gives a fresh perspective to Mozart’s familiar fairy tale. Steve Cohen reviews.
OperaDelaware presents Gioachino Rossini's 'Semiramide'
A family affair
Making Assyria great again? A rarely performed but exciting Rossini opera visits a power struggle from biblical times, filled with incest and murder. Steve Cohen reviews.
Frank Gehry's Philadelphia Museum of Art master plan
Letting in the light
Frank Gehry’s redesign at the Philadelphia Museum of Art goes far beyond what was envisioned when he was hired. After an official groundbreaking ceremony, Gehry discussed the details. Steve Cohen considers.
Philadelphia Orchestra presents 'Bluebeard's Castle' and 'Swan Lake'
Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra perform Béla Bartók’s exotic 'Bluebeard’s Castle' with Metropolitan Opera stars. Steve Cohen reviews.
Curtis Institute presents John Adams and Peter Sellars's 'Doctor Atomic'
Having a blast
The Curtis Institute's radical restaging of the John Adams/Peter Sellars opera 'Doctor Atomic' makes a powerful impact. Steve Cohen reviews.
Academy of Vocal Arts presents 'Lucia di Lammermoor'
Dark production, new perspective
Academy of Vocal Arts stages a surprising reinterpretation of 'Lucia di Lammermoor.' Steve Cohen reviews.
Barnes Foundation's Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie
Walk it out
Person of the Crowd, the latest installation at the Barnes Foundation, is a far cry from what the museum's founder considered to be art. Steve Cohen reviews.
Opera Philadelphia presents Gioachino Rossini’s 'Tancredi'
No more happy ending
A rare Rossini opera is revived as a vehicle for star mezzo Stephanie Blythe. It turns out to have many more merits. Steve Cohen reviews.
The Rodin Museum presents a new installation of 'The Kiss'
Feels like the first time
Auguste Rodin's 'The Kiss' is presented in a whole new way with an installation that pairs the sculpture with others from the Rodin Museum's collection. Steve Cohen reviews.
Week two of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Paris Festival (second review)
Week two of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Paris Festival brought a pleasant surprise at the top of the bill. Steve Cohen reviews.
Week One of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Paris Festival
Ou sont les Parisiens?
Week one of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Paris Festival brought composers from far beyond the city's limits. Was it too far-flung? Steve Cohen reviews.
EgoPo Classic Theater presents 'The Nose'
An in-your-face Gogol adaptation
An attack on Russian governmental bureaucracy is the disguised EgoPo Classic Theater's surreal new adaptation of Gogol’s 'The Nose.' Steve Cohen reviews.
Academy of Vocal Arts presents Anton Rubinstein's 'The Demon'
'The Demon,' an extremely rare Russian opera, is presented in an authentic style by a well-trained ensemble at the Academy of Vocal Arts. Steve Cohen reviews.
Art Garfunkel in concert at the Keswick Theatre
Troubled water, bridge out
Art Garfunkel used to sing, “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?” This month, his Keswick Theatre audience asked a similar question. Steve Cohen reviews.
The Philadelphia Orchestra with organist Paul Jacobs (first review)
Some set of pipes!
A rousing concert celebrating the history of organs with the Philadelphia Orchestra reminded Steve Cohen of the biggest disaster in the orchestra’s history.