Penn Live Arts presents Benjamin Bagby’s Beowulf
Bagby mirrors the medieval bard
A thrilling performance from 21st-century bard Benjamin Bagby at Penn Live Arts brought the firelit mead hall of Beowulf to modern audiences. Gail Obenreder reviews.
BSR Classical Music Interludes: January 2023, Part 2
An overflow of music—and a little mystery, too
Gail Obenreder rounds up even more January classical music offerings in and around the city.
Opera Philadelphia presents David T. Little’s Black Lodge
Accepting your dark side
Opera Philadelphia brings its dark existential opera film to theaters this weekend. C. M. Crockford previews.
Main Line Early Music presents The Publick Pleasure: Music of 18th-Century Philadelphia
The tunes of the Revolution
Philadelphia has a thriving and innovative musical scene, but that’s nothing new as The Publick Pleasure proved at a Main Line Early Music concert highlighting favorites of the 18th century that are almost unknown today. Gail Obenreder reviews.
The New Jersey Symphony presents Daniil Trifonov Performs Brahms
Star soloist Daniil Trifonov brought lyricism and weight to Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto in the New Jersey Symphony’s first concert program of 2023. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
BSR Classical Music Interludes: January 2023
Classical music to start the new year right
Gail Obenreder previews this month’s upcoming classical music performances in the area, with offerings from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, Artcinia, and more.
The Academy of Music and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s archives get a new home at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Preserving Philly’s classical musical heritage
A beautiful but inaccessible room at the Academy of Music housed almost 200 years of Philly cultural history. Now, the Philadelphia Orchestra teams with Penn Libraries to give the archives a new home. Margaret Darby visits.
Piffaro presents Festa di Natale!
A welcome, layered, and moving musical experience
Piffaro’s much-anticipated holiday concert invites us to Christmas in Renaissance Italy this year, and will be available to stream as a recording for those celebrating at home. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Adhyâropa Records presents soma schema from Joshua Stamper and color as time
Schemes for sleepiness
Philly composer/guitarist Joshua Stamper’s new album, soma schema, with his color as time sextet, presents an hour of orchestral easy-listening-meets-jazz-fusion, perfect for cleaning your house to. Aaron Pond reviews.
BSR Classical Music Interludes: December 2022
Messiah, Tuba Christmas, and more holiday cheer
Decking the halls with holiday concerts throughout December in the Philadelphia area. Gail Obenreder previews.