Music

Coverage of music in Philadelphia.

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BLACK MALE REVISITED (XPN/ Jaamil Kosoko): Fringe review 71

The dark space at the headquarters of Fringe Arts hosted a kaleidoscope of blackness. Sad blackness. Angry blackness. Rescued blackness. Incarcerated blackness. Lost blackness. Dead blackness.

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JUMP THE MOON (Philadelphia Opera Collective): 2015 Fringe review 57.1

An experimental world-premiere opera gives voice to the unsung women heroes of astrophysics at Harvard in the 1890s, with a cutting-edge score, non-linear libretto, and expressionist movement.

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SUITE N˚2 (Encyclopédie de la Parole / Joris Lacoste): 2015 Fringe review 55

Part chorale work, part theater, and part compelling curated art, this peculiarly affecting piece examines the diversity of contemporary communication.

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THE CART OF LOVE/EL CARRO DEL AMOR (Ana María Ruimonte/Owlsong Productions): Fringe review 52

An ambitious art project that seeks to combine multimedia, puppeteering, a baroque chamber orchestra and the singing of mezzo-soprano Ana María Ruimonte in a bilingual presentation.

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MUSICIAN, MODEL & MEDICAL EXPERIMENT (Anomie Fatale): 2015 Fringe review 33

Fatale recounts her tragedies, infusing humor through her narrative, music, and burlesque numbers.

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Coming Out to Philadelphia: Fringe visitor Bay Bryan talks GROWING INTO MY BEARD

Bay Bryan talks about his queer at heart Fringe show and how Philadelphia is like Scotland.

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Back in White: Philadelphia’s fourth annual DÎNER EN BLANC

The elegant group picnic returns with entertainment by DJ Sabeel Chohan, dance troupe The Canarsie Wobblers, and The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret.

Red 40 and the Last Groovement kicks off a stellar fortnight of Late Night Fringe.

Fringe Late Night: FULL Schedule and Preview

For this year’s Fringe Festival, King Britt and Kate Watson-Wallace has put together a tasty schedule of Late Night offerings at the Fringe bar.

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HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL (Vulcan Lyric): A cult classic whose time may have passed

A revitalized opera company offering musical performances in Philly in the summer is a good thing. But maybe some things just aren’t funny anymore, like teen suicide, gay jokes, and trying to blow up a school.

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Tchaikovsky’s Last Opera: Russian Opera Workshop 2015 presents IOLANTA

Now in its fifth season, Russian Opera Workshop presents FREE in-concert opera productions of seldom-produced works by leading Russian composers.

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What Is the Future of Musical Theater? Thoughts on the Kimmel Center 2015 SEI Residency Program

Is it adaptations of familiar works, or is there another, more intimate kind of musical that can be done without gadgets and effects and superheroes flying across the stage?

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What Do Indie Rock and Contemporary Ballet Have in Common? Musician Chris Kasper tells us ahead of his show with BalletX

Talented indie folk rocker Chris Kasper prepares for a show with Philly’s top contemporary ballet troupe, BalletX.

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TURBINE (Leah Stein/ Mendelssohn Club): Stein’s water-dances power the Water Works

Greek revival structures and riverscape environs inspire an immersive choral-dance work that explores the specific interplay of machinery and nature.

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Sam Green’s new film-performance THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS explores the fringes of humanity

Inspired by the Guinness Book of World Records, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green embarked on THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS, an ode to the jagged edges of human experience. This…

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Composer Francois Zayas’s dance-musical orchestral premieres at the Kimmel

Philly–based Cuban composer Francois Zayas is premiering his yet to be titled ‘musical journey’ for 12- piece orchestra, dancers and vocalists at the Kimmel Center.

Drama teacher (Elexis Morton) and seniors (Jordan O'Brien, Jared Rosenberg, and Colleen Murphy)rehearsing for Romeo & Juliet. Photo by Fernando Gonzales

BARE: A Pop Opera – In Concert: Bare-bones budget but not a bare-bones sound. Interview with Fernando Gonzales, artistic director of Truth Be Told, Philadelphia

Fernando Gonzales, Philadelphia theater artist and co-director of Truth Be Told Productions, made his regional directing debut with The Shape of Things at the Ritz Theatre, NJ. As a director,…

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LAST CHANCE: From law to lyrics, from classics to folk, interview with Jack Scott and Ingrid Rosenback, Philadelphia’s popular duo.

Last Chance, the musical duo of singer-songwriter Jack Scott (banjo and guitar) and fiddler-vocalist Ingrid Rosenback, has been playing together since 2011 and as a duo since 2012.

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Theater Artists Making Beautiful Music in NY and Philly

The theater community contains a wealth of multi-talented artists who are not only gifted actors, but also highly skilled singers, musicians, and composers.

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ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (Curtis Opera Theatre/Opera Philadelphia): Clowns and opera collide

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS predates Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George” and David Hirson’s “La Bête” by decades, but the situation its plot depicts brings both of those later 20th century works to mind.

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There’s No Business Like…: Tempesta di Mare presents 17th-century theater music

When baroque music fell out of fashion centuries ago, the original music for 17th century theater stopped accompanying even much-revived plays.