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BETTY’S SUMMER VACATION (IRC): A terribly funny nightmare of a beach trip

For their June show, the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium decided to take on a grotesque play by Christopher Durang which Tina Brock directed. Brock herself has the prime comedic role of…

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Sterling Baca in Apollo. Photo: Alexander Iziliaev

ALL STRAVINSKY (PA Ballet): What about the music?

The Pennsylvania Ballet does their best to ignore their fantastic orchestra

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Opera Philadelphia): Fairy magic and flying beds

Benjamin Britten’s music still sounds wonderfully imaginative and modern

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Xavier Foley makes the double bass sing at PCMS

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents a Musical Fund Society Series with Xavier Foley, Sejoon Park, and Eunice Kim

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Piffaro Presents a 16th-Century French Noel

The exquisite program notes took the audience as close to the sixteenth century French Noel midnight mass as possible

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Without Peer: The Cherry Street Pier opening is an unqualified success

An anticipated cultural attraction opens along the Delaware River.

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TRANSCENDENCE TO TRANSPARENCY (Les Canards Chantants): Music review

Les Canards Chantants (“the singing ducks”), a renaissance polyphony voice ensemble, was born in England but is now based in Philadelphia.

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The German Society of Pennsylvania presents their final Delius Society Concert

The Wister Quartet and Choral Arts Philadelphia gave their audience a rare chance to hear the Delius Songs of Sunset.

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Lahav Shani leads Philadelphia Orchestra with music by Lindberg, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev

Twenty-nine-year-old maestro Lahav Shani leads the Philadelphia Orchestra with a spotlight on trumpeter David Bilger

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NINETEEN MOVEMENTS FOR UNACCOMPANIED CELLO (Scott Ordway): Sounding the Chestnut Hill Skyspace for a world premiere

The premiere of composer Scott Ordway’s Nineteen Movements for Unaccompanied Cello took place in the perfect setting – the James Turrell Skyspace in the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting.

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VISUAL MUSIC (Network for New Music at the University of the Arts): Art in music

Out of the ordinary, but a delight to experience.

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[music review] Mélomanie at Saint Clements with soprano Clara Rottsolk

The eclectic chamber group Mélomanie presented some of their characteristic “provocative pairings of early & contemporary works” in Saint Clement’s Church on Saturday

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PABLO HERAS-CASADO RETURNS (Philadelphia Orchestra): Old and new

Although Spanish guest conductor has led the Philadelphia Orchestra once before, in 2016, he is a relatively new face for the Philadelphians.

L to R Che-Hung Chen, Hilary Hahn, Natalie Zhu, Yumi Kendall. Photo by George Bell.

HILARY HAHN PLAYS BERNSTEIN (Philadelphia Orchestra): A stunning postlude

The performance was more than the music – it was four friends who find that although they spend their lives practicing, they actually enjoy playing music together.

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Cowell, Cage, and Crumb: An avant-garde piano show at the Barnes

The Barnes Foundation is sponsoring a very high-level series of musical performances, which connect visual arts and music. Robert Whalen and his wife, Katherine Skovira, who are music directors for…