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View from the back of a packed, ornate two-tier symphony hall, with the full orchestra and chorus looking tiny onstage.

Delaware Symphony Orchestra presents Amado Conducts Beethoven

A Beethoven farewell

David Amado and the Delaware Symphony closed the season with back-to-back Beethoven, a familiar yet thrilling performance to finish the maestro’s two-decade tenure. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
The Lyric Fest stage at Longwood Gardens, with a piano under purple lights. Fern-like plant with red flowers line the stage.

Lyric Fest presents The Metamorphosis of Plants: A Lieder Celebration for Earth Day

Goethe in the garden

For its first concert at Longwood Gardens, Lyric Fest honored Earth Day with a program inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s surprisingly sophisticated 1790 text The Metamorphosis of Plants. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 3 minute read
A group of performers in all black with composer stands in a church-like area, a crowd before them as they sing

BSR Classical Music Interludes, April 2023, part 2

From the Source, Sacred and Profane, La Voix de Viole, and more

Gail Obenreder previews the second half of April’s classical music offerings, including performances by Opera Philadelphia, Delaware Symphony, Variant Six, and more.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 4 minute read
Liyou poses with hands near their head, in a voluminous white outfit. They're outdoors below a blue sky with white clouds.

Asian Arts Initiative presents Lucy Liyou in concert

A short trip with a sonic experimentalist

A genre-straddling musical performance from experimental artist Lucy Liyou makes a quick stop at Asian Arts Initiative. Aaron Pond reviews.
Aaron Pond

Aaron Pond

Reviews 3 minute read
Nally, on the podium at left foreground, conducts the black-clad orchestra and singers on Verizon Hall’s sleek wooden stage.

Philadelphia Orchestra presents John Luther Adams and Igor Stravinsky

An emotional premiere and an exciting debut

Philadelphia Orchestra teams with The Crossing for the world premiere of John Luther Adams’s poignant Vespers of the Blessed Earth, and conducting fellow Austin Chanu debuts in a spirited The Rite of Spring. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews 3 minute read
A path leads to the front of a neoclassical mansion surrounded by trees on a sunny day.

BSR Classical Music Interludes, April 2023

Music at the Mansion, Philadelphia Orchestra's digital stage, and more

Gail Obenreder previews classical music happening in the first half of April in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read
Ridenour stands on a short ladder, propping up a set tree, with blue flowers in the photo's foreground

Bringing Verdi’s La traviata to life at Opera Delaware

The art of the illusionists

Opera Delaware and Opera Baltimore team up to bring La traviata to the stage in North Wilmington, using a bit of crafty magic. Dara McBride previews.

Dara McBride

Previews 3 minute read

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25 choir members, men and women posing together on an old brick patio in casual clothes outdoors, next to a stone building.

Penn Live Arts presents The Crossing and PRISM Quartet

Writers in song

The Crossing joined with PRISM Quartet to present the world premiere of Martin Bresnick’s austere, literary Self-Portraits 1964, Unfinished. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 2 minute read
A faded black and white portrait of Price

Bringing Florence Price’s lost music to the stage with Nicole Jordan

More than just recordings

Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal librarian Nicole Jordan talks Florence Price, a Black woman composer whose work fell into obscurity. Jon Caroulis profiles.

Jon Caroulis

Profiles 2 minute read
The four players in all black pose outdoors on stone steps in front of a door, holding shawms and trombones

BSR Classical Music Interludes, March 2023, part 2

The Duenna, The Fasch Files, concerts by The Crossing, and more

Gail Obenreder previews more of the classical music offerings in and around the city in March.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 4 minute read