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Koshoeva poses sitting by a piano, in all black, looking towards the camera.

Passion at the piano with Kairy Koshoeva

From Kyrgyzstan to Philadelphia

Linda Holt profiles Kairy Koshoeva, an award-winning pianist who hails from Kyrgyzstan, as she prepares for a recital this week in Philadelphia.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Profiles 3 minute read
The quartet members, grouped together in dark clothes, smiling and holding their instruments, against a blue background.

PCMS presents the Brentano Quartet’s Dvořák and the American Identity

American music, then and now

The Brentano Quartet used their annual recital with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society to establish Antonin Dvořák as an American master. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
A portrait of Bach wearing a black robe over a white top, holding a sheet of music

BSR Classical Music Interludes, March 2023

Preparing for the new season

Gail Obenreder rounds up the upcoming classical music offerings in the Philadelphia area for the first part of March 2023.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read
View of cathedral performance: dark pews full of people and a vibrant purple projection of light filling the chancel's arches

Lyric Fest presents Cotton

Recreation and catharsis

Cotton, an immersive multimedia experience recreating generational trauma, marks Lyric Fest’s 20th anniversary, with new music by Damien Geter and a slate of poets inspired by the photography of John Dowell. An Nichols reviews.
An Nichols

An Nichols

Reviews 2 minute read
Denève, a 51-year-old smiling white man with curly brown hair, wearing a black suit, leaning on a white brick wall

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents conductor Stéphane Denève and pianist Yefim Bronfman

Observing one year since Russia invaded Ukraine

The Philadelphia Orchestra made an unannounced observance of one year of the war against Ukraine in this program featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman and a US premiere by Elena Firsova. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews 4 minute read
Three people in a contemporary kitchen, one up close looks to camera, the other two as Hansel and Gretel expressing worry

BSR Classical Music Interludes, February 16-28, 2023

Award-winning music, a South Philly twist on an opera classic, and more

More classical music offerings for the month of February, including new Grammy Award winner Philadelphia Orchestra. Gail Obenreder previews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 4 minute read
Five performers with their wind instruments pose in front of a fuschia-pink backdrop, straight-faced in formal wear.

BSR Classical Music Interludes: February 2023

Breathing musical winds with Caroline Shaw, VOCES8, Imani Winds, and more

Gail Obenreder previews the first half of February’s classical music offerings in and around the city of Philadelphia.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 4 minute read
Bagby, a white man with short gray hair, performs in black with his hand-held wooden 6-string harp.

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.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read

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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.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 4 minute read
A person dressed in a beige suit sits in a chair by a CRT TV with a white screen, a plant in the dimly lit background

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.
C.M. Crockford

C.M. Crockford

Previews 1 minute read