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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.