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9 musicians, tiny onstage from the back of the house, play in front of a big movie screen with a Parks photo on it.

Penn Live Arts presents Terence Blanchard and Andrew F. Scott’s Gordon Parks: An Empathetic Lens

A vision in sound

Gordon Parks: An Empathetic Lens uses music and images to celebrate a legendary artist. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read
Members of the Crossing stand in the street by trolley tracks for a group photo on a sunny day

BSR Classical Music Interludes: November 2022

Lyric Fest, Singing City Choir, Master Players, and many more

Gail Obenreder looks at a few of the musical offerings to brighten up any gray days.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 4 minute read
Portrait shot of Esmail, an Indian American woman. She wears a black coat and red scarf against an outdoor city backdrop.

BSR Classical Music Interludes: October 15-30, 2022

Even more October tunes

Continuing our two-part look at October’s packed slate, Gail Obenreder looks at some of the many musical offerings in the second half of Arts and Culture Month.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read
Temple wears a leopard print spaghetti strapped dress, their arms pushing away as they look off camera.

Intercultural Journeys presents Table Sessions: Solomon Temple

Food for the soul

Intercultural Journeys presents a special edition of Solomon Temple's Songs for the Soul cabaret featuring art, music, fellowship, and food. Melissa Strong previews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Previews 3 minute read
A portrait of Mayson and Wisher, dressed in black with fabric earrings, embrace each other as they look towards the camera

ConsenSIS presents The Score: World Premiere

The art of poetry and sound for Black women and femme poets

Co-creators Yolanda Wisher and Trapeta B. Mayson formed ConsenSIS, and this weekend, are bringing together Black poets for an intimate afternoon of poetry and sound. Daralyse Lyons previews.

Daralyse Lyons

Previews 3 minute read
Close-up on Timur’s open-mouthed singing face on the big screen; Timur singing live with 8 musicians in front, lit in blue

Philly Fringe 2022 and Festival O22: Opera Philadelphia and Beth Morrison Projects present Black Lodge

Reimagining the operatic form

Opera Philadelphia closed out Festival O22 with the premiere of Black Lodge by composer David T. Little and librettist Anne Waldman, with live music by Timur and the Dime Museum and the Opera Philadelphia String Quartet. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
On the chancel of a Philly cathedral, six musicians in black, in a semicircle, play different Renaissance wind instruments.

Piffaro welcomes new director Priscilla Herreid with Passing the Torch

Legacies and a new beginning

In the spirit of passing the torch, the season opener for Philly’s illustrious Renaissance band celebrated 15th- and 16th-century teachers and mentors who became musical colleagues. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
The orchestra in concert with Nézet-Séguin conducting and Trifonov playing a shiny grand piano. Other musicians surround them

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Daniil Trifonov in its 2022-23 season opener

Unity and showmanship

The dynamic pianist Daniil Trifonov headlined the Philadelphia Orchestra’s musically diverse and satisfying opening weekend concerts. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Four players with their violas dressed in Halloween-themed tops pose for a group photo in a graveyard during daytime.

BSR Classical Music Interludes: October 1-15, 2022

Previewing the Philly music scene in the first half of October

Gail Obenreder previews upcoming music performances happening in the Philly area, including concerts from Orchestra 2001, Choral Arts, Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Viola Quartet, and more.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read
The curtain call. Higdon, a white woman, with Amada, a white man. They’re smiling & wearing dark suits, with orchestra behind

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra presents the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain Suite

Cold Mountain, hot music

Delaware Symphony Orchestra paired Jennifer Higdon's latest premiere with favorites from Dvořák in this season opener marking the orchestra’s return to full concerts. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 3 minute read