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Music in Philadelphia

Variety Hour in the Siglo de Oro

Posted By Randall Couch on Mar 6th, 2017 in
Piffaro, Philadelphia’s renaissance band, is spending the season in Spain. Last weekend’s program bore the title—appropriately for the month of San Valentín, in which falls the Día de los Enamorados—of ¡Ay, Amor! Assembled by Piffaro’s Christa Patton with Damon Bonetti of the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective theatrical company, the show evoked the early zarzuela, a popular […]
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Sarah Shafer Nails Adina in L’elisir d’amore

Posted By Andrew Quint on May 7th, 2016 in
The Musical Fund Society has done more than OK with its choices for singers to receive our annual Career Advancement Award. In 2000, the prize went to bass Eric Owens, in 2002 to mezzo Marietta Simpson, in 2007 to Stephen Costello, and in 2013 to soprano Sarah Shafer. All have been establishing significant international careers […]
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Lois Bliss Herbine: Then and Now

Posted By Andrew Quint on Jan 5th, 2016 in
A package arrived in the mail a few weeks ago from Lois Bliss Herbine, the Philadelphia-based flute and (especially) piccolo player. The envelope contained two items. The first was a 2014 CD entitled Inverno Azul (that’s Blue Winter) containing nine chamber works for flutes(s) written by Temple University flutist and composer Cynthia Folio. There’s music […]
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Jeremy Denk’s adventuresome PCMS program: Was Glenn Gould wrong?

Posted By Andrew Quint on Oct 23rd, 2015 in
Earlier this evening, Philadelphia favorite Jeremy Denk played a piano recital at the Perelman, the first installment of the 2015-2016 PCMS Piano Recital Series. Denk had the capacity audience with him every step of the way for a very unusual program. There were some standard repertoire pieces—a Bach English Suite, a Haydn Fantasia, and Schumann’s […]
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The “Status” of The Philadelphia Orchestra

Posted By Andrew Quint on Jun 14th, 2015 in
Guys like making “top five” lists (remember the book/movie High Fidelity?) and I’ve been doing the mental exercise with orchestras since I first got into classical music as a kid. My primo category has always been “The World’s Top Five Orchestras” and I was always happy—too happy, my wife will tell you—to rattle off my […]
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Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields

Posted By Jacob Smith on Jun 1st, 2015 in ,
Composer Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, an oratorio for chorus and sextet commissioned by Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Mendelssohn Club premiered the work on April 26, 2014 at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral along with the Bang on a Can All-Stars musical ensemble, which is based in New […]
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