Music

Coverage of music in Philadelphia.

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ATTACK POINT (PIFA): Innovative and experimental

Among the many experimental performances at PIFA this year, this could be one of the most unique and successful.

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PIFA Returns: A full schedule of the 2016 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

The 16-day celebration of art showcasing a breadth of local and international performances and installations presented at locations across Philadelphia.

Piffaro's musicians playing at St. Andrew & Matthew Church, Del. 
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A Mummer Renaissance

Piffaro, the Renaissance band, presented the show Mummer’s Delight to 100 people on March 20, at 3 p.m., at Sts. Andrew & Matthew Church in Wilmington, Del. Using historical instruments,…

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Meet the Moon Jellies: The world’s next funky acid trip of a band

Philly’s own, new, funky slice of psychedelia performed at the Mothership.

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Chickabiddy to Perform in the MANTIS SINGER/SONGWRITER SHOWCASE at The Troc

Multi-talented theater artists Aaron Cromie and Emily Schuman formed Chickabiddy in 2015.

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SOLONELY TOGETHER (Carolyn O’Brien): Finding gems in DIY art

A collection of short pieces by a number of different emerging artists from various disciplines on the subject of loneliness.

Akeem Davis, Amanda Jensen, Rachel Brodeur, Laurel Grace Hostak and Javier Mojica. Photo by Christopher M. Colucci

Santa Colucci and His Merry Philadelphia Theater Elves: Behind the scenes of a holiday video

Interview with Christopher Colucci about the making of a holiday

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A Baroque German Christmas: Tempesta di Mare presents 17th-century advent music

Tempesta di Mare is teaming up with Choral Arts Philadelphia and Piffaro Renaissance Band to perform selections of Christmas music from the Court of Dresden.

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From Assisi to Philadelphia: U.S. premiere of Italian cantata celebrating the extraordinary life of Hildegard von Bingen

Philadelphia is in for a musical treat: an Italian cantata based on original writings of Hildegard.

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CHOPIN WITHOUT PIANO (CENTRALA / Fringearts): A story of a revolutionary musician

A polish director and a polish actor project a new image of the composer by playing his two piano concertos with an orchestra and an actor playing the piano part.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph at a student meet and greet for Opera Philadelphia’s We Shall Not Be Moved (Photo credit: Philip Todd)

Opera Is Now Open: Opera Philadelphia Unveils its Plans for O17

Opera Philadelphia announces its new cutting-edge direction with a twelve-day urban opera festival that will debut in September 2017.

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Chopin As He Was Meant To Be Heard: Without the piano

Frédéric François Chopin’s expressive and technically demanding piano concertos are among the finest in the classical music canon. So naturally, Polish actor Barbara Wysocka and director Michael Zadara (who make up the group…

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BEGINNINGS… (Mendelssohn Club): Beginnings of a new tradition

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia opens its 142nd season welcoming artistic director Paul Rardin with three psalms by Mendelssohn, a world premiere, and Mozart’s Mass in C.

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A COMEDY OF TENORS (McCarter): More adventures in opera

Ken Ludwig brings four of the outstanding characters from Lend Me A Tenor from Cleveland to Paris for more rollicking escapades.

Stephen Powell as Giorgio Germont and Lisette Oropesa as Violetta in Opera Philadelphia’s LA TRAVIATA (Photo credit: Kelly & Massa)

LA TRAVIATA (Opera Philadelphia): A stunning new design and a stellar new Violetta

A refreshed rendition of Verdi’s tragic opera features the impressive house and role debut of Lisette Oropesa as the titular “fallen woman” and a stunning design that purposefully pairs the distant past with recent times.

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Sowing a Parable for our Times: Octavia Butler’s PARABLE OF THE SOWER as a concert

Octavia Butler’s dystopian future seems especially relevant. Can we find respite in comradeship and song?

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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.