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Matsukawa plays his bassoon in front of the other orchestra players. At right, conductor Nézet-Séguin gestures passionately

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Yannick Conducts Rachmaninoff, featuring the world premiere of Clarice Assad’s Terra, Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra

The bassoon finally gets its due

The bassoon gets the glory it deserves in
the world premiere of Clarice Assad’s Terra, Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra with soloist Daniel Matsukawa, joining a Philadelphia Orchestra program featuring Berio and Rachmaninoff. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews 3 minute read
The four in the ensemble pose outside in a public-park-like daylit area, wearing all black, holding wind instruments

BSR Classical Music Interludes, October 2023

Rigoletto, Immortal Back, La Serenata, and more

The first half of October features performances by OperaDelaware, Choral Arts, Lyric Fest, Piffaro, and Delaware Symphony. Gail Obenreder previews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 4 minute read
A multi-racial group of about two dozen people posing together in a simple church venue with high wooden rafters.

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.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read
A performer in casualwear in movement, their head tilted back and face expressive, a full band in the background

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.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 3 minute read
Against a fanciful watery background, Haro poses regally with his guitar on a stool, wearing green-framed sunglasses.

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.
Crystal Sparrow

Crystal Sparrow

Reviews 4 minute read
Price on stage in a chair playing cello, a piano in the background.

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.
Eileen B. Fisher

Eileen B. Fisher

Previews 2 minute read
Conyers poses with a student, who is holding a diploma, for a snapshot in an indoor space, a piano behind them

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.
Maria Thompson Corley

Maria Thompson Corley

Profiles 3 minute read
Chill Moody and Atwater dress in mostly black, pose at the balcony of the Mann, the lower level behind them

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.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 4 minute read
A wide shot revealing the whole Armory, lights on the court, dim everywhere else, all players on stage.

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.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Reviews 4 minute read
A stylized drone shot of a farm with rolling green fields and an pink-tinted orange sunset in the distance

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.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read