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Smiling and wearing a black jacket, Nezet-Seguin conducts, with the heads of a few musicians visible in the foreground.

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Brahms’s German Requiem

Humanity’s spiritual journey

A sumptuous and complex program from the Philadelphia Orchestra paired a world premiere by Mason Bates with Luis Ernesto Peña Laguna’s Oraison for chorus and orchestra, and Brahms’s massive A German Requiem. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews 4 minute read
Black & white outdoor photo of the black-hatted musicians playing, bending over keyboard, drums, and upright bass.

Philly jazz album double review: THE UNIVERSE IS WITHIN WHO by Spectral Forces, and The Lighthouse by Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Odean Pope

Heroic jazz legacies looking to the future

January boasted two adventurous new albums from Philly jazz groups: THE UNIVERSE IS WITHIN WHO by Spectral Forces and The Lighthouse by Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Odean Pope, offering contrasting views into jazz past and future. Thomas Hagen reviews.
Thomas Hagen

Thomas Hagen

Reviews 5 minute read
Stone plays a theorbo, a string instrument with a long neck and strings. Stone is on stage, with a music stand in front

BSR Classical Interludes, February 2024

Haute Voix, Romantic Harp, Virtuosi, and more

Leaving January (with a few concerts) and starting February with plenty of music to take in. Gail Obenreder previews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read
Against a black backdrop, a man wearing black plays the cello, in the middle of a large diagonal crinkled abstract sculpture.

Bowerbird and the Pig Iron School present Bartok’s Monster

Drowning out the music

The music of Béla Bartok speaks better than its pretentious interlocutors in Bartok’s Monster, a collaboration of Sebastienne Mundheim and the Pig Iron School, inspired by Penn lecturer Jay Kirk’s book. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read

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Kraines in a suit plays the cello, looking left away from camera, on a body of what looks like a tall sculpture made of rock

BSR Classical Interludes, January 2024

Nomadic Rhapsodies, the Daedalus Quartet, and Bach

Previewing the year’s first upcoming musical performances in the area, including offerings from Delaware Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Penn Live Arts, and more. Gail Obenreder previews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read
Cann, a Black woman, poses with one hand on her hip, wearing a flowing black and floral-printed wrap shirt.

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents BalletX with pianist Michelle Cann

A welcome collaboration

For its second collaboration with BalletX, PCMS welcomed choreography by Matthew Neenan and Jamar Roberts alongside pianist Michelle Cann. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
On a city rooftop, Shaham, a white man with gray hair, smiles and holds his violin, the blurry gray cityscape behind him.

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents All Mozart with Gil Shaham

A leading soloist

Top American violinist Gil Shaham joined the Philadelphia Orchestra for two Mozart violin concertos, plus two rarely performed short works, combining technical wizardry with personal grace and good humor. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews 3 minute read
Impressionistic colored pen & ink drawing of people clustered in a living room, with various words & phrases written in black

A look back at Philly's 2023 cultural scene through the eyes of local artist Chuck Schultz

Capturing Philly performances in original drawings

Philly artist Chuck Schultz has been in the audience at concerts, plays, and dance performances throughout 2023. Now, he shares the performances through his own eyes in this one-of-a-kind BSR gallery.
Alaina Johns Chuck Schultz

Alaina Johnsand Chuck Schultz

Essays 4 minute read
An illustration with animals around a campfire, Philthfest 2023 titled at the top

Philth Media and 4333 Collective present Philthfest 2023

Celebrating independent music in Philadelphia

A one-day independent music festival featuring bands of many genres that benefits organizations advocating for LGBTQ+ rights. Natalie Layne previews.

Natalie Layne

Previews 2 minute read
Close-up portrait shot of Mobley, a Black man with a full beard, dark with some light gray, looks on towards left of frame

BSR Classical Interludes, December 2023, part 2

Tuba Christmas, baroque tunes for the new year, and more

The final Classical Interludes of the year features offerings from The Crossing, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Lyric Fest, Choral Arts, and a performance with over 100 tuba players. Gail Obenreder previews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read