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Four musicians pose together, trees and bushes in the background, with a cello, viola, and two violins at hand.

1807 & Friends returns with the Wister and Dalí Quartets

Let the revels resume

With a series of chamber music events, 1807 & Friends resumes the musicmaking that ended just as the lockdown began. Tom Purdom previews.
Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom

Previews 1 minute read
Strokes of black stenciling make waves of vague figures on a white background. Ghost Town is written in the top right corner

Philly Fringe 2021: Mae River Waldron presents Ghost Town: The Musical

Living memories, sorrowful joy

Mae River Waldron’s new concept album captures the grief and joy of memories through musical vignettes as told by ghosts to Olive, a woman mourning the death of her mother. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Reviews 3 minute read
A group shot of 25 smiling people who make up The Crossing choir, standing together outside next to a stone building.

The Crossing presents Returning: coming home to song

Times change, mastery remains

The Crossing celebrates a return to in-person performance by singing signature works from its past. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
'The Ever Present by R. Eric Thomas' at the image's top. A hot air balloon carries a b&w building over a partly cloudy sky.

The Weekly Roundup, September 8-14

West Craft Fest, Sunny War and David Sickmen come to town, and ‘The Ever Present’ premieres

A crafter's delight hits West Philly, Theatre Exile hosts R. Eric Thomas's new play, and a doubleheader jams out at People's Light. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 3 minute read
Martinez, an Afro-Cuban man, sits before congas, cymbals, and microphones, with his arms out, his mouth wide as he's sings.

The Weekly Roundup, September 1-7

Tadaima 2021, Pedrito Martinez, Andrea Walls, 'POOL,' and 'A Saturday Jawn'

A festival celebrating Japanese Americans, a new exhibit from Fairmount Water Works, and Vinyl Tap returns to Amalgam. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up the week.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 5 minute read
Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee stand next to and face each other, slight laughing smiles, wearing suits.

The Weekly Roundup, August 26-September 1

An operatic Verzuz, plays for West Philly and Germantown, and Street Movies all over town

Philly shows up for itself with offerings in theater, opera, and film in various neighborhoods in the city. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up the week.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the orchestra at Verizon Hall. He wears a striking patterned black-and-white shirt.

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Ravel and Bizet

French fantasies

The Philadelphia Orchestra revealed a special flair for French masters Maurice Ravel and Georges Bizet in its latest Digital Stage concert. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews
Each member of Filament shines in this concert recorded at Arthur Ross Gallery. (Photo by Alex Kruchoski.)

Filament presents ‘Music for an Inner World’ at Arthur Ross Gallery

Balm in contemplation

Looking inward by looking back, the early music trio Filament presents 'Music for an Inner World,' a concert of 16th- and 17th-century works, in the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read

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Philly composer Scott Ordway has released new works for voice and cello. (Photo by Amanda Greene.)

‘Girl in the Snow’ and ‘Nineteen movements for unaccompanied cello’ by Scott Ordway

Music of memory, dreams, and love

Philadelphia composer Scott Ordway’s music is featured on two new recordings on the Acis label, including ‘Girl in the Snow,’ a beautiful song cycle, and a large work for solo cello. Peter Burwasser reviews.

Peter Burwasser

Reviews 3 minute read
The Crossing performs at Awbury Arboretum. (Photo by John C. Hawthorne.)

The Crossing presents ‘Month of Moderns 3: At which point’

Outside singing for inner lives

The Crossing’s 2021 Month of Moderns program finished this month with ‘At which point,’ a live performance in Germantown’s Awbury Arboretum, featuring music by Ayanna Woods, Wang Lu, and David Lang. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read