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Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts returns to “live in-person” performances with its annual “New Artists Recital.” more
Valentin Radu and VoxAmaDeus will open their 35th concert season Sept. 12 with “BachFest.” Not only will the season mark the return to a full roster of in-person performances, it will include four performances in Chestnut Hill: three at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and one at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. more
Donald Nally will conduct The Crossing before a live audience Saturday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. more
Vermont-based organ builder Stephen Russell, the project’s supervisor, has faced the loss of members of his work force, as well as the temporary shuttering of several of his regular suppliers. more
   “We have decided that the time has come to end our long run of directing and performing with Piffaro at the end of the 2021-2022 concert.” With those words, Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken announced their retirement as co-directors of Philadelphia’s internationally acclaimed Renaissance Band, Piffaro. more
Both the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts are changing their names. The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kimmel Center are merging into The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. more
Two of the local classical music community’s most cherished and acclaimed resident ensembles closed out their “virtual” seasons with concerts in June. Matthew Glandorf conducted … more
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s final “virtual” concert of its regular 2020-21 season proffered one of its most compelling programs since the suspension of “in-person” performances. more
For his introduction to the local community, Tyrone Whiting conducted an expanded choir in the parish’s final Choral Evensong of the liturgical year. more
Piffaro, Philadelphia Renaissance Band, closed out its 2020-2021 season of concerts with a “virtual” performance of “Fuguing from Obrect to Bach,” recorded in Christ Church, Christiana Hundred, Wilmington, Delaware. more
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, marked the Solemnity of Pentecost with a Choral Evensong Sunday, May 23. St. Martin-in-the-Fields will hold its first in-person Choral Evensong since the pandemic lockdown on June 6. Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, performed a concert entitled “Reutter’s Vienna” more
When the Philadelphia Orchestra announced the fall portion of its 2021-2022 season of concerts, it revealed both how the ensemble was returning to pre-pandemic norms as well as how the “old normal” won’t be fully retrieved. The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia will return to “live in-person” performances in June and July. more
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s two most recent “virtual” concerts were short in duration but interesting in repertoire. Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts offered a virtual “Farewell Recital” for graduating students. more
St. Paul’s Church resumes in-person celebration of Choral Evensong, Rite I. And Tempesta di Mare continued its series of “Artist Recitals” with a “virtual” performance featuring its resident harpsichordist, Adam Pearl. more
“Five Fridays” had become a popular favorite of local classical music lovers for its combination of fascinating programs and support for local charities. And Academy of Vocal Arts streamed “Verlaine, Le Voyage Humain,” April 24-28 more
The restrictions on the number of players imposed by the COVID-19 lockdown have frequently limited the Orchestra’s repertoire to either 18th century scores or expanded chamber music pieces composed in later eras. more
One of the most interesting aspects of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s current season of “virtual” concerts recorded in the Kimmel Center is the need to limit the number of musicians assembled on the stage of Verizon Hall. more
Continuing their “virtual” season of concerts, Matthew Glandorf led Choral Arts Philadelphia in “Lamentations: Longing for Home.” It was performed and recorded at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont. more
On the same weekend, Tempesta di Mare assembled a fabulous roster of pieces from that particular calendar year in the 18th century, and the Philadelphia Orchestra rebroadcast online the final performance it gave last year before the COVID-19 pandemic. more
In collaboration with Brian Sanders’ JUNK, the Philadelphians performed Rodion Shchedrin’s “Carmen Fantasy.” Piffaro proffered “The World of Don Quixote” to enliven the first week of March. more
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