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A headshot of Dutka. He wears a dark, plain top, his expression straight-faced.

Philly Fringe 2022: The Delaware Valley Opera Company presents Liebovar, or The Little Blind Girl

A fairy-tale opera for the young at heart

The opera explores love in a village where children are disappearing one by one in this heroic tale from Misha Dutka. Camille Bacon-Smith previews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Previews 2 minute read
An ensemble rehearses outside in a wide open field under an overcast sky, a conductor stands before them with a podium.

BSR Classical Music Interludes: September 2022

The monthly roundup of classical music returns

Gail Obenreder rounds up upcoming classical music events throughout the month of September.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 3 minute read
Full orchestra onstage at SPAC, all in white shirts. They appear tiny, in front of hundreds of silhouetted audience members.

Following the Philadelphia Orchestra to its summer residency in Saratoga Springs, NY

It’s their orchestra, too

After a season of covering the Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall, music critic Cameron Kelsall followed it to Saratoga Springs, New York. Programs spanning Beethoven to Barber and Valerie Coleman set a high standard for summer performances.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
A group of young students studying in a classroom, sitting at desks, their attention at open books

The Wildflower Composers Festival and the future of contemporary music

A concert in collaboration with the Arcana New Music Ensemble

In its fifth year, the Wildflower Composers Festival continues to push for the equitable inclusion of gender-marginalized composers. David W. Webber previews.
David W. Webber

David W. Webber

Previews 3 minute read
A view from above of the full DSO playing on a wooden stage, with the pianist out front.

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra presents Gershwin and Rachmaninoff

A smashing conclusion

A program of iconic works by Gershwin and Rachmaninoff, originally intended as the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s season opener, made a smashing conclusion instead. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read
Full orchestra performs in Verizon Hall with Nézet-Séguin conducting, and choir of about 60, plus 4 soloists, in the balcony

The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir present Beethoven’s Ninth

Finding joy in troubled times

An energetic rendition of Beethoven’s Ninth opened with a new commission by Philadelphia Orchestra composer-in-residence Gabriela Lena Frank, a short but dramatic work of rich orchestral color. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews 3 minute read
A collage of children's illustrations, including an orange cat, rainbows, various colored hearts, and Ukraine flags

PhilHarmonia and Nashirah present Singing from the Heart: A Benefit Concert for the Children of Ukraine

Filling the silence with music

PhilHarmonia hosts a benefit concert for Ukraine's largest children's hospital, featuring a performance from the Dzvin Ukrainian Male Folk Choir. Mina Reinckens previews.
Mina Reinckens

Mina Reinckens

Previews 2 minute read
10 Piffaro musicians, all wearing black, perform in a semicircle on a bright Christian chancel turned into a stage.

Piffaro, the Renaissance Band presents The Musical Legacy of Charles V

The life and travels of a king—and of Piffaro

For the close of its 38th season and a major leadership transition, Piffaro’s tribute to the life of Charles V examines musical legacies then and now. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
A black and white photo of Bertucci performing on a dark stage, looking at a laptop with a misty spotlight on her.

Ars Nova Workshop presents Lea Bertucci’s Of Shadow and Substance

An explosion of music

With a world-premiere commission by composer and sound artist Lea Bertucci, Ars Nova Workshop presented a musical meditation on the 2019 Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery explosion. Aaron Pond reviews.
Aaron Pond

Aaron Pond

Reviews 3 minute read
Floyd, a Black woman, sits on a river dock on a sunny day, holding a gold frame in front of her. She wears a long pale dress

Intercultural Journeys presents The Frances Suite

Walking out from the shadows

Intercultural Journeys presents The Frances Suite, a musical portrayal of 19th-century Philadelphia activist, speaker, and writer Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, by composer Ruth Naomi Floyd. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read