Music

Coverage of music in Philadelphia.

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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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TOSCA (Philadelphia Orchestra): Music as a cultural mission

Yannick Nevet-Seguin conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in a semi-staged performance of Puccini’s TOSCA

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CARMEN (Opera Philadelphia): Color and excitement

nspired by by the resetting of their 2015 production of La Traviata, director Paul Curran and set/costume designer Gary McCann team up again to bring CARMEN to a nearer past, set in a beautiful Havana-esque 1950’s.

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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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THE PRODUCERS (Bristol Riverside): Bialystock & Bloom, mini-Madoffs of the theater world

Mel Brooks’s THE PRODUCERS has gone from Screen Comedy to Musical Comedy to Screen Musical Comedy and back to the stage again.

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A dilettante at large: LEONARD BERNSTEIN: THE POWER OF MUSIC (NMAJH)

If you’re a Leonard Bernstein fan, don’t miss the terrific new exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

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Paul is Live: Interview with the fab star of RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles

An accomplished musician, Paul Curatolo’s love of the Beatles has driven him to master the character of McCartney.

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A dilettante at large: A QUIET PLACE (Curtis Institute of Music)

The Curtis Institute of Music and Opera Philadelphia’s stunning production Leonard Bernstein’s opera, A Quiet Place, is one of many worldwide celebrations of his centennial;

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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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Performance in Sketch: Daedalus String Quartet and Michael Hollinger’s OPUS

Annenberg Center presented a program of music and theater, with a Beethoven performance by the Daedalus String Quartet and a staged reading by playwright Michael Hollinger

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Theater in Sketch: A PROUST SONATA (Da Camera at FIAF)

Sketch artist Chuck Schultz visited Manhattan to see a Houston company’s concert-theater interpretation of In Search of Lost Time.

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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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LES MISERABLES (National Tour at Academy of Music): A vibrant retelling of the classic Victor Hugo novel

Thirty-two years ago, the other popular Broadway shows were A Chorus Line, Footloose, and Little Shop of Horrors. Unlike these musicals, LES MISERABLES has never really left the public conscience.

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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.

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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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SYMPHONY FOR A BROKEN ORCHESTRA (Temple Contemporary): One kid’s trash…

Four hundred musicians gathered at the 23rd Street Armory on Sunday night to perform on a wide array of broken instruments