I love that this week's pieces range from a review of one of the most famous symphonies of all time (by a deaf composer) to one local singer/songwriter's experiment with learning a new instrument as they navigate blindness in their personal and professional journey. It's always a great time to spotlight disabled artists, but we're also in the middle of the 10th annual Disability Pride Philadelphia Week, which will wrap up on Saturday with a festival full of food, music, and fun activities at Thomas Paine Plaza.
In the meantime, Fairview is running at the Wilma (through June 18), and we have reviews of the latest from the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and Koresh. We also don't want you to miss an essay about what life means to some local fourth-grade poets—a surprising, tender, necessary read as we mourn ongoing gun violence and work to stop the carnage.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks: the reviews are pouring in throughout June, while Philly continues to celebrate Pride.