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A black and white photo of Bertucci performing on a dark stage, looking at a laptop with a misty spotlight on her.

Ars Nova Workshop presents Lea Bertucci’s Of Shadow and Substance

An explosion of music

With a world-premiere commission by composer and sound artist Lea Bertucci, Ars Nova Workshop presented a musical meditation on the 2019 Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery explosion. Aaron Pond reviews.
Aaron Pond

Aaron Pond

Reviews 3 minute read
Floyd, a Black woman, sits on a river dock on a sunny day, holding a gold frame in front of her. She wears a long pale dress

Intercultural Journeys presents The Frances Suite

Walking out from the shadows

Intercultural Journeys presents The Frances Suite, a musical portrayal of 19th-century Philadelphia activist, speaker, and writer Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, by composer Ruth Naomi Floyd. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read
The PRISM Quartet. Four white men in suits each hold a gold-colored saxophone of a different type and size.

PCMS presents the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia’s 200th Anniversary Concert

Still vibrant at 202 (and counting)

The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia marked its bicentennial in 2020, and was finally able to celebrate with four commissioned Philly-inspired premieres by world-class contemporary composers. Margaret Darby reviews.
Margaret Darby

Margaret Darby

Reviews 4 minute read
Shaham, 51-year-old white man, stands in front of autumn trees holding his violin and smiling warmly.

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Gil Shaham playing Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Seasons of love

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s string players took the spotlight in a performance anchored by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with guest soloist Gil Shaham. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
A balcony shot of the orchestra inside a church, wearing all black on a stage. A camera person records between the audience

Tempesta di Mare presents On Tour from Dresden

20 years a tempo and counting

Gail Obenreder looks at Tempesta di Mare as they celebrate their 20th anniversary and debut On Tour from Dresden, a film about their March 2022 Germany tour.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Profiles 4 minute read
A trapeze artist walks along a pole held up by 6 other dancers in a room with a dim, violet-purple tinted light

The Weekly Roundup, April 6-13

Reimagining the world with La Brega, The Song Catcher, and Brave Space Philly

This week’s roundup features events from artists Johnny Irizarry and Christina Castro-Tauser, and performances from Lyric Fest and the Chicago-based circus company Aloft. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 3 minute read
An 8-piece band made up of Black and Asian performers, colorfully dressed, pose for a casual group photo outdoors.

Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center presents the Sakura Concert Series

Cherry blossoms and fusions of Asian and Black cultures

The Sakura Concert Series of the Shofuso Cherry Blossom Festival of Philadelphia captures the essence of spring and cross-culture. Crystal Sparrow previews.
Crystal Sparrow

Crystal Sparrow

Previews 3 minute read
Heifetz stands in front of door outside, magic hour light tints his multicolored button up.

Elliah Heifetz presents First Generation American

Folk music for the modern age

Elliah Heifetz skillfully satirizes what it means to be an American in his modern folk album First Generation American. Blair Krassen previews.
Blair Krassen

Blair Krassen

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A close-up on conductor Donald Nally, a bald white man, during a choir performance. He is smiling and wears a dark suitcoat.

The Crossing presents Stacy Garrop’s In a House Besieged

New music with a message

In its latest world-premiere program, the Crossing, Philadelphia’s superb chamber chorus, married radiant singing to words of stunning social and political relevance. Peter Burwasser reviews.

Peter Burwasser

Reviews 3 minute read
B&w photo of Billie Holiday. On stage, she sings in front of a vintage microphone

The Weekly Roundup, March 23-30

Joy Harjo, Tools of the Trade, a night with Lady Day, and a very Gritty AWP

The week features a visit from the 23rd US poet laureate, a crafty conference, a show based on one of Billie Holiday’s final performances, and a Philly-centric event for AWP. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read