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Two performers in all black formal wear cheers with the host also holding a mic at a small table on stage.

Philadelphia Orchestra presents Orchestra After 5: Haydn and Mozart

A Haydn happy hour

The Philadelphia Orchestra experiments with a new, casual concert format in its Orchestra After 5 series. Cameron Kelsall previews their latest event.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Previews 3 minute read
Two portraits spliced together of two Black men in formal black suit jackets and white buttonups, both with wind instruments

BSR Classical Interludes: March 22-28, 2024

Music rising in time for Easter

Open Organ Day, Avery Fisher Career Grant virtuoso brothers Anthony and Demarre McGill come to town, and new organizations Liberty City Arts and Musica Tevere show off their talents. Gail Obenreder previews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read
Tofte, in a chaotic outfit of colorful rags, spreads his arms above a pram, facing a surreal shower of blue confetti.

Curtis Opera Theatre presents Les Mamelles de Tirésias and The Seven Deadly Sins

An inventive double bill on 20th-century women

Curtis Opera Theatre inventively pairs two works from the 20th century that consider the struggles of women in society: Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias and Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s The Seven Deadly Sins. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Baroque orchestra plays on a stage with a light wooden floor. Bragle sings in a red dress at center; Solis seated at left.

Tempesta di Mare presents Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans

Freeing Judith from the screens

Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans, a 1716 oratorio about Judith and Holofernes that premiered with a famous all-women Venetian ensemble, is little known today. Philly’s baroque orchestra revives it with stunning effect. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Close-up on the conductor, with gray hair, glasses, and a black tux conducting with a baton, with darkness behind him.

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Carl Orff’s Carmina burana

Springing ahead with a popular classic

The Philadelphia Orchestra teamed with conductor Fabio Luisi, the Mendelssohn
Chorus of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale, and Philadelphia Girls Choir for a much-anticipated Carmina Burana. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews 4 minute read
Four players dressed down in mostly all black. Two hold a viola, a cello, and two hold violins

BSR Classical Interludes, March 15-17, 2024

Music from 16th-century France and Italy to the Harlem Renaissance

Classical music happening in the Philadelphia area this week, including performances from Piffaro, Artcinia, The Crossing, and Opera Philadelphia. Gail Obenreder previews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read
Close up details of organ pipes, rustic and with blue and gold, patterns painted on them

BSR Classical Interludes, March 5-23, 2024

A festival for organ music, honoring Marian Anderson, and more

Classical music in March in the Philly area is abundant, with performances from Brandywine Baroque, Curtis Symphony, and an entire festival dedicated to celebrating organ music. Gail Obenreder previews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read
Candid photo of the musicians chatting onstage with approaching fans, instruments and music books around them.

Filament presents The Muse’s Prism

Bach, Buxtehude, and other baroque favorites

Filament, a young early-music trio of violin, viola de gamba, and harpsichord, celebrated its fifth anniversary with a concert of crystalline and perfectly balanced music at Gloria Dei Church. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Group portrait shot. Jin has a cello, Yamazaki is between them, Mazzochi has a violin, as they look up at the camera

BSR Classical Interludes, February and March 2024

Haitian Creole music, Orchestre Métropolitain, Market Street Music, and more

More classical music happening in and around the city in the coming weeks of February and early March. Gail Obenreder previews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 4 minute read
Close-up on Bell, a white man with short brown hair, playing his violin passionately with an orchestra.

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Joshua Bell Returns

Romantic favorites with a top violinist

Superstar American violinist Joshua Bell drew a crowd to a Philadelphia Orchestra program including Chausson, Vieuxtemps, and Brahms, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews 3 minute read