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Side by side on a white field, the book covers for Verdi with a Vengeance, Puccini without Excuses, and Wagner without Fear.

BSR Classical Interludes: June 2024

Music in the garden, Marian Anderson Hall, The Crossing’s Month of Moderns, and more

June brings outdoor music in striking natural locales, early music, new music, the rededication of Verizon Hall, and some bonus musical Book Week picks. Gail Obenreder rounds up.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 4 minute read
Close-up on Dinnerstein, a white woman in her early 50s with flowing brown hair, playing the piano among an orchestra.

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presents Dinnerstein Plays Mozart

Music director Dirk Brossé ends his tenure among friends

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia’s season-ending concert welcomed star pianist Simone Dinnerstein and saw the end of Dirk Brossé’s tenure as music director. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Close-up of Tom, an elderly white man, with glasses, a tan cap, white goatee, and calm smile.

BSR Classical Interludes May 17-June 2, 2024

Music from Variant Six, Filament, and a tribute from Dolce Suono

Rounding up May's music offerings, including a capella from Variant Six, an album from Filament, a program featuring the baryton, and a tribute to the late Tom Purdom by Dolce Suono. Gail Obenreder rounds up.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read
On a chancel, the three black-clad musicians play wooden recorders ranging from about one foot to three feet long.

Piffaro presents The Glory of the Wind Band: Music of Portugal and Spain

A musical tour of Renaissance Iberia

For its season closer, Piffaro brought its trademark virtuosity to a tour of Renaissance Portugal and Spain, featuring dozens of period instruments and a rich program of sacred and secular music. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read

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Portrait photo of Berney smiling in front of an organ piano

BSR Classical Interludes, May 1-15, 2024

Singing in the spring

Three operas, an operetta, and new vocal work decorate the first half of a very vocal May. Gail Obenreder previews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 5 minute read
Three people playing wind instruments stand next to each other in an indoor area

Inviting improvisation for everyone, every week at the Rotunda

Medicinal, positive anarchy

Every Wednesday, Philadelphia residents convene at the Rotunda for two hours of musical improvisation, free and open to all, with no leader, no instructions, and no repeating. Thomas Hagen previews.
Thomas Hagen

Thomas Hagen

Previews 3 minute read
Zhang places flowers on a Geisha doll that has white, black, red paint as makeup and a ivory kimono in a studio

BSR Classical Interludes, April 19-May 3, 2024

Music for the Earth, Madame Butterfly, and a heavenly harp

More music for April and early May, including performances by Delaware Symphony, Opera Philadelphia, Mendelssohn Chorus, and more. Gail Obenreder previews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 4 minute read
A person in all black attire on stage, with light hoops swirling around their arms. A DJ is behind them on elevated platform

Marie Curie's Radiant Ball at the Mütter Museum

Fancy, jazzy science

The Mütter Museum is inviting Philladelphians to put on their best scientific chic to celebrate Marie Curie’s legacy. Crystal Sparrow previews.
Crystal Sparrow

Crystal Sparrow

Previews 2 minute read
Three performers on stage—two on saxophone, one on drums—white muslin wall behind them, audience in front

Vox Populi Gallery presents Victor Vieira-Branco’s World Again

Curating surprise with improvised music

In 2023, Victor Vieira-Branco began presenting World Again, a monthly series for improvised music in the black box at Vox Populi Gallery. The music sounds a bit like jazz, a bit classical, but with more surprises. Thomas Hagen profiles.
Thomas Hagen

Thomas Hagen

Profiles 3 minute read
A dozen or so players at instruments packed on stage, highlight cast mostly on the conductor. Ambient light fills the rest

BSR Classical Interludes, April 6-14, 2024

Rarefied Airs, (In)Mortality, music of Steve Reich, and more

Gail Obenreder rounds up the first part of April’s classical music events happening in and around the city.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read