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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
On rectangular paper measuring several feet, the score appears in startling, graceful segments & shapes, not linear bars

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.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Nance, a Black man wearing a white shift, sits on a stool onstage and sings into a handheld mic, a spiral in light behind him

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.
Kiersten Adams

Kiersten Adams

Reviews 3 minute read
On a pillared chancel with a golden mural backdrop, 13 musicians and singers, all dressed in black, perform.

Piffaro presents Entre dos Álamos

Rare, beautiful music from 17th- and 18th-century South America

Piffaro closes its season with Entre dos Álamos, a musical trip to South America including Spanish and Indigenous texts and music, proving that great music has always been created everywhere. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read
An illustration with a human figure with a top hat next to a figure in a black suit, holding a sign that reads Relâche

BSR Classical Music Interludes, May 2023, part 2

A national competition, honoring George Crumb, Relâche recreates, and more

Gail Obenreder previews the rest of May’s classical music offerings, with events from Astral Artists, Artcinia, Orchestra 2001, Lyric Fest, and Relâche.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read
Smiling and wearing a black jacket, Nezet-Seguin conducts, with the heads of a few musicians visible in the foreground.

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Gabriela Lena Frank and Hector Berlioz

Mastering symphonic forces

The Philadelphia Orchestra gives its first full rendition of composer-in-residence Gabriela Lena Frank’s Walkabout: Concerto for Orchestra, and a thrilling rendition of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, op. 14. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews 3 minute read
Exterior view of the tall, white, pillared, historic, tile-roofed Venice church on a canal. People fill the sidewalk in front

Tempesta di Mare presents The Women Behind the Screen – The Sensational Female Musicians of Venice’s Orphanages

The hidden women who rivaled Vivaldi

Tempesta di Mare explores the music of Baroque Venetian charitable institutions that were famous for their vocal and instrumental ensembles, made up of brilliant women artists who were hidden from public life. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
A choir with all Black singers sing, orchestral players in front of them on a stage

BSR Classical Music Interludes, May 2023

Tempesta di Mare celebrates a unique first win, Black Founders Musical Experience, and more

May offerings from Curtis Opera Theatre, Jeremy Winston Chorale, and Pyxis Piano Trio; and Tempesta di Mare celebrates its Fasch Prize win. Gail Obenreder previews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read
The cast sits together for a group photo, musical instruments accompany them as they look into the camera

CSz Philly’s Off the Record is a different type of improv

Making the band

CSz Philly’s Off the Record is a mockumentary musical improv featuring a unique performance with each showing. Daralyse Lyons previews.

Daralyse Lyons

Previews 2 minute read