Piffaro, the Renaissance Band presents The Musical Legacy of Charles V
For the close of its 38th season and a major leadership transition, Piffaro’s tribute to the life of Charles V examines musical legacies then and now. Gail Obenreder reviews.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.