Music

Coverage of music in Philadelphia.

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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.

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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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

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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…

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The Voice Which Calls To Me: Abigail Mentzer returns to Philly with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Abigail Mentzer makes her return to Philadelphia as a ballerina in the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera.

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Daniel Matsukawa and Friends (PCM Society): Music review

Philadelphia Orchestra principal bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa was featured in a chamber music program presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia

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Opera in Sketch: GiariGiari Bel Canto Competition (Academy of Vocal Art)

The beauty on stage dressed every kind of part and made it possible to learn about the different styles of opera singing and acting.

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Performance in Sketch: BLACKOUTS: Twilight of Idols (Dickie Beau at the Crossing The Line Festival with Abrons Arts Center)

This US premiere of BLACKOUTS: Twilight of Idols brings together an audience on stage to witness the underbelly of The Crossing The Line Festival.

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America’s Diva Comes to Philadelphia: An interview with Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming has been at the forefront of classical music for three decades.

Un_Sung (Lauren Whitehead, center) surrounded by ghosts in We shall not be moved.(from left, Tendayi Kuumba, Caci Cole Pritchett, Michael Bishop and Duane Lee Holland, Jr.).Photo by Dave DiRentis

After the O17: A reflection on Opera Philadelphia’s brave endeavor

This bountiful menu of music had something for every taste

The Magic Flute, part of Opera Philadelphia's O17 Festival.

THE MAGIC FLUTE (Opera Philadelphia): An animated opera in the O17 Festival

A worthy anchor of Opera Philadelphia’s inaugural O17 Festival.

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CLOSE MUSIC FOR BODIES (Michael Kiley): 2017 Fringe review

CLOSE MUSIC FOR BODIES is sensual choral performance. Sixty-five of us follow the directions of the performers and position, and re-position, ourselves around the big, open space at the Christ Church…

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THE MAGIC FLUTE (Opera Philadelphia): A dazzling reinvented Mozart at the O17 Festival

Opera Philadelphia challenges our preconceptions of opera with its O17 Festival

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CLOSE MUSIC FOR BODIES (Michael Kiley): 2017 Fringe review

Anyone who has sung around a campfire can attest to the power of music to elicit feelings of closeness

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WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED (Opera Philly): 2017 Fringe review

Relevant themes and ideas rarely seen on an opera stage

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Your guide to Opera Philadelphia’s O17 Festival

Here’s everything you need to know about the musical smorgasbord that awaits.

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Opera Innovator: An Interview with David Devan ahead of the O17 Festival

Opera Philadelphia’s innovative general director previews the upcoming O17 Festival.

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What’s Going On: Interview with Jarran Muse of MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL

Jarran Muse talks to Phindie about preparing for his role as Marvin Gaye.