The Crossing presents Crickets in Our Backyard
Premieres by Wang Lu, Tania León, and Ayanna Woods
The Crossing choir opens its new season with Crickets in Our Backyard, featuring world premieres by Tania León and Ayanna Woods and an “indoor premiere” by Wang Lu. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: Urban Arts Movement presents Vincent Johnson’s Stank upon a Time: A Story about Funk
A lesson on the blues
Stank upon a Time is a transgressively absurdist exploration of the culture of Black music, from blues to funk, as the soundtrack of revolution and its survival and commodification in the present. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: James Haro presents GO AHEAD
Pop-punk, heartbreak, and belonging
James Haro joins this year’s Cannonball Festival with GO AHEAD, an interactive solo show incorporating poetry and live pop-punk on heartbreak, love, and belonging. Crystal Sparrow reviews.
Philadelphia Museum of Art presents The Bach Cello Suites Project
Reconsidering and improvising Bach
Choreographer Megan Bridge and musician Tristan Price offer a new angle on Bach’s music and The Artist’s Mother exhibit. Eileen B. Fisher previews.
Tuning youth advocacy in music with Joseph H. Conyers and Project 440
A different frequency of learning
Joseph H. Conyers, founder and vision advisor of Project 440, talks about teaching music to children and young adults, community, and learning more than just the instruments. Maria Thompson Corley profiles.
BSR Classical Music Interludes, July 2023
Opera Philadelphia, Carillon Concerts at Longwood Gardens, and the Young Pianists Academy competes
Curating the hottest classical music events in the area this month, including those from OperaDelaware, Academy of Vocal Arts, and a performance of Black Metropolis. Gail Obenreder rounds up.
Ross Gay and Girard College present Be Holding
Poetry on breathing, basketball, and spectacle
Ross Gay’s libretto poem Be Holding connects an iconic basketball play from Dr. J with one of the most disturbing award-winning photographs in American history. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
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BSR Classical Music Interludes, June 2023
Paper Tiger, Peter and the Wolf, Serafin Summer Music, and more
Yes, it’s summer, and Gail Obenreder previews some of its early classical music offerings.
Orchestra 2001 presents George Crumb: Scores at an Exhibition
Beautiful music—for the ear and the eye
Philadelphia composer George Crumb, who died last year, was famous for his music as well as his hand-notated scores, art forms in themselves. Orchestra 2001 had both on display in this combined concert and exhibition. Gail Obenreder reviews.
BlackStar Projects and Union Transfer present Terence Nance’s V O R T E X in concert
Finding a groove in the vortex
Terence Nance’s first performance of V O R T E X, his debut album, was full of heavy percussion and celestial harping that managed to stay tethered to the earth through balance and love. Kiersten Adams reviews.