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Five performers with their wind instruments pose in front of a fuschia-pink backdrop, straight-faced in formal wear.

BSR Classical Music Interludes: February 2023

Breathing musical winds with Caroline Shaw, VOCES 8, Imani Winds, and more

Gail Obenreder previews the first half of February’s classical music offerings in and around the city of Philadelphia.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 4 minute read
Bagby, a white man with short gray hair, performs in black with his hand-held wooden 6-string harp.

Penn Live Arts presents Benjamin Bagby’s Beowulf

Bagby mirrors the medieval bard

A thrilling performance from 21st-century bard Benjamin Bagby at Penn Live Arts brought the firelit mead hall of Beowulf to modern audiences. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read
Old, weathered paper with handwriting in Czech.

BSR Classical Music Interludes: January 2023, Part 2

An overflow of music—and a little mystery, too

Gail Obenreder rounds up even more January classical music offerings in and around the city.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 4 minute read
A person dressed in a beige suit sits in a chair by a CRT TV with a white screen, a plant in the dimly lit background

Opera Philadelphia presents David T. Little’s Black Lodge

Accepting your dark side

Opera Philadelphia brings its dark existential opera film to theaters this weekend. C. M. Crockford previews.
C.M. Crockford

C.M. Crockford

Previews 1 minute read
Scan of 1786 newspaper ad for concerts at City Tavern, detailing a musical program and subscriber policies in funny old text

Main Line Early Music presents The Publick Pleasure: Music of 18th-Century Philadelphia

The tunes of the Revolution

Philadelphia has a thriving and innovative musical scene, but that’s nothing new as The Publick Pleasure proved at a Main Line Early Music concert highlighting favorites of the 18th century that are almost unknown today. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
NJ Symphony performance: Trifonov in the fore at the grand piano, Zhang at the podium, arms uplifted & the orchestra around

The New Jersey Symphony presents Daniil Trifonov Performs Brahms

Pure music

Star soloist Daniil Trifonov brought lyricism and weight to Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto in the New Jersey Symphony’s first concert program of 2023. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Four players outside with cello and violins—Three laughing looking at each other, with one player smiling towards the camera

BSR Classical Music Interludes: January 2023

Classical music to start the new year right

Gail Obenreder previews this month’s upcoming classical music performances in the area, with offerings from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, Artcinia, and more.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read
Black & white photo of the orchestra, with Stokowski on a podium at center, posing onstage with audience on risers behind.

The Academy of Music and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s archives get a new home at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Preserving Philly’s classical musical heritage

A beautiful but inaccessible room at the Academy of Music housed almost 200 years of Philly cultural history. Now, the Philadelphia Orchestra teams with Penn Libraries to give the archives a new home. Margaret Darby visits.
Margaret Darby

Margaret Darby

Features 4 minute read
Photo of Raphael’s Adoration of the Magi, with a blue-robed Mary & chunky Christ child at center of bowing crowd of robed men

Piffaro presents Festa di Natale!

A welcome, layered, and moving musical experience

Piffaro’s much-anticipated holiday concert invites us to Christmas in Renaissance Italy this year, and will be available to stream as a recording for those celebrating at home. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read
Album cover. Title appears in small orange letters at top right above a spiral of beige paper fragments on a beige background

Adhyâropa Records presents soma schema from Joshua Stamper and color as time

Schemes for sleepiness

Philly composer/guitarist Joshua Stamper’s new album, soma schema, with his color as time sextet, presents an hour of orchestral easy-listening-meets-jazz-fusion, perfect for cleaning your house to. Aaron Pond reviews.
Aaron Pond

Aaron Pond

Reviews 3 minute read