Classical music to see in Philly this fall

As the pandemic wore on last season, the silver lining was that both audiences and presenters learned to be flexible. Concert dates appeared and disappeared, safety guidelines shifted, and many learned to roll with the punches.

Much has changed over the summer, however, and the fall arts season arrives under a new and darker shadow. The more-contagious delta variant once again asks listeners to recalculate the risk-reward equation. I might hunger to hear the Elgar Piano Quintet in A Minor, scheduled for October by pianist Jonathan Biss and the Doric Quartet. But just how hungry am I? The idea that we must now weigh the potentially devastating consequences of sitting elbow-to-elbow with others — masked, slight though the risk may be — makes for an uneasy burden. Many listeners of course will have no hesitation. Others might.

Tugging us back into our seats is a well-placed sense of obligation. All arts groups need us. Federal aid has kept many solvent and private donors have been generous, but these sources can’t be counted on forever. The resumption of ticket revenue is critical.

All this leaves each patron with a sobering internal debate. And it’s one that can’t end soon enough. Here are some of the season’s best classical picks. Please be sure to check venues for current COVID-19 protocols.

The Philadelphia Orchestra and the works of Florence Price

Perhaps more than any other major orchestra, the Philadelphians have set out to sketch our most vivid portrait yet of composer Florence Price. Over several seasons, the orchestra and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin are creating a long-overdue survey of her symphonies, concertos, and other works. This particular program features her Symphony No. 4 from 1945 — once thought lost — which the orchestra calls “a reflection of her experiences as a Black woman from the post-Civil War South.” Vocalist Laurin Talese opens the concert with James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and pianist Aaron Diehl performs Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Sandwiched among these high-energy works is William Grant Still’s great, hushed mystery, Out of the Silence. (Oct. 7-9, $10-$169, Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Sts., 215-893-1999, philorch.org) 🎟️ Buy tickets

Elias String Quartet

COVID-19 has put a damper on musical globe-trotting, and it’s not yet clear how many artists and ensembles from abroad might be kept from planned U.S. tours this season. But among string quartets, none would be more welcome in these parts than the Elias. The tight, exquisitely expressive group, based at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, plans to play three Beethoven quartets on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series: the B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6; F Major, Op. 135; and E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2. Here’s hoping. (Oct. 10, $30, American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St., 215-569-8080, pcmsconcerts.org) 🎟️ Buy tickets

Pianist Kit Armstrong

“He looks like a child, but he plays like a master. His thinking about music-making is unbelievably mature. He has discovered things in classical music that I have not discovered in 70 years.” That’s what the late Curtis piano professor Claude Frank had to say about Kit Armstrong when he was Frank’s student at the school in 2004. Armstrong was 12 at the time. We’ll hear what the pianist has discovered since then when Armstrong, now 29, performs Beethoven, Liszt, Book 1 of Debussy’s Images and other works. (Oct. 21, $30, Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Sts., 215-569-8080, pcmsconcerts.org) 🎟️ Buy tickets

Phantom of the Opera

Organist Peter Richard Conte slips on the role of on-the-spot film scorer when, sitting at the big organ in Verizon Hall, he creates a live soundtrack to the 1925 silent classic starring Lon Chaney. (Oct. 30, $25, Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Sts., 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org) 🎟️ Buy tickets

Dover Quartet and Davóne Tines

With his beautifully malleable bass-baritone voice, Davóne Tines promises much in this appearance with the Dover featuring Barber’s Dover Beach and Caroline Shaw’s Appalachian-inspired By and By. Also on the program are string quartets by Brahms and Zemlinsky. (Nov. 5, $30, Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Sts., 215-569-8080, pcmsconcerts.org) 🎟️ Buy tickets

Simone Dinnerstein and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

With originality and insight in equal measures, Simone Dinnerstein is a pianist always worth hearing. Especially so here, where she pairs a concerto by Bach with one by Philip Glass — his Piano Concerto No. 3, written especially for her. Dirk Brossé conducts. (Nov. 7-8, $29-$104, Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Sts., 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org) 🎟️ Buy tickets

Rafael Payare leading the Philadelphia Orchestra with clarinetist Ricardo Morales

This Venezuelan-born conductor, 41, has the classical world listening closely for a big future. An alum of the El Sistema music program, he is now music director of the San Diego Symphony and is making the rounds on major-orchestra podiums. Here Payare leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in Dvorak’s alternately sweet and brooding Symphony No. 7 and the orchestra’s principal clarinetist in the premiere of the Clarinet Concerto by Jacob Bancks. (Nov. 11-13, $10-$169, Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Sts., 215-893-1999, philorch.org) 🎟️ Buy tickets

Violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Thomas Sauer

The duo has constructed an evening in which three Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano are interspersed with three short works by Andrew Norman: Bridging I, II, and III. Programs structured this way — old and new nestled up against one another — sometimes seem contrived. Often, though, they create a lively dialogue across the centuries, and given Koh’s track record of smart inquiry, we’re betting on the latter. (Nov., 23, $30, Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Sts., 215-569-8080, pcmsconcerts.org) 🎟️ Buy tickets

Nathalie Stutzmann conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra

We’re still getting to know Stutzmann, who takes the title of principal guest conductor with the start of the orchestra’s 2021-22 season. This program should reveal much: a newish score (2013), Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres); and the large expressive canvas of the Schubert Symphony No. 9, “Great.” (Dec. 2-4, $10-$169, Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Sts., 215-893-1999, philorch.org) 🎟️ Buy tickets

New work by Shawn Okpebholo

New York-area flutist Beomjae Kim, now under the wing of Astral Artists, unveils a work by Shawn Okpebholo inspired by Henry O. Tanner’s The Thankful Poor. It’s a landmark painting with a lot of Philadelphia connections — including the fact that it was once owned by Camille and Bill Cosby. (Dec. 5, $25, American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St., 215-735-6999, astralartists.org) 🎟️ Buy tickets

Carols After a Plague

In a concert presented by Penn Live Arts, the Crossing choir led by Donald Nally presents a dozen works by a dozen composers: Leila Adu, Ambrose Akinmusire, Alex Berko, Edith Canat de Chizy, Viet Cuong, Samantha Fernando, Mary Jane Leach, Shara Nova, Joseph C. Phillips Jr., Nina Shekhar, Tyshawn Sorey, and LJ White. It’s safe to say stylistic diversity will be on display, and of all of the parts of the concert’s title, let’s hope by concert time it’s the “after” that falls mercifully into place. (Dec. 17, $35, Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St., 215-898-3900, pennlivearts.org) 🎟️ Buy tickets

Find more in our complete fall arts guide

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Texas school district sued for banning boys from having long hair

Seven male students sued a Texas school district over a rule that prohibits boys from having long hair, citing it as “unlawful” and “discriminatory.” © Provided by Washington Examiner The ... Read more »

Olivia Newton-John gives stage 4 cancer update: 'I have my pains'

Olivia Newton-John says she has her good days and her bad days as she once again battles cancer. In an interview with Today US‘s Hoda Kotb which aired on Wednesday, ... Read more »

BTS to Leave Sony Music for Universal

BTS BTS is ending its distribution arrangement with Sony Music and is headed to Universal Music Group, according to sources familiar with the situation. The new partnership is a licensing ... Read more »

No Time To Die: 14 Cool James Bond Easter Eggs And Callbacks In Daniel Craig's Final Outing

© Provided by CinemaBlend Daniel Craig’s James Bond in meeting with M in No Time to Die Warning: SPOILERS for No Time To Die are absolutely in play. If you ... Read more »

How Netflix's You Needs To Change For Season 4, According To Penn Badgley

© Provided by CinemaBlend Joe Goldberg in You Season 3. Screenshot. Spoiler alert! This story contains major spoilers for Season 3 of the Netflix drama You. Proceed with caution if ... Read more »

Brooke Shields Is ‘Obsessed' With This Potent Anti-Aging Serum

Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services. © Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock Brooke Shields in November 2019. Many celebrities who are ... Read more »

Debra Messing Finally Explains Criticism Of Kim Kardashian's SNL Gig With An Apology

© Provided by CinemaBlend debra messing tamron hall show interview screenshot youtube It’s become very common for celebrities to get themselves into (at least) a bit of trouble from time ... Read more »

Brooke Blurton on rumours winner of The Bachelorette has been leaked

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Darvid Garayeli is the front-runner to win Brooke Blurton’s heart on The Bachelorette, according to all major bookmakers. And now Brooke has addressed ... Read more »

Airlines should give flight attendants 10 hours of rest between flights: FAA

© The Hill Airlines should give flight attendants 10 hours of rest between flights: FAA The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) suggested on Thursday that flight attendants get 10 consecutive hours ... Read more »

Family: Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger died of accidental overdose

The football community, as a whole, was shocked to learn in May that Texas Longhorns linebacker Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of rookie Indianapolis Colts quarterback Sam Ehlinger, was found ... Read more »

A radio host called Gordon Ramsay's 19-year-old daughter a 'chubby little thing,' causing a flood of support for Tilly Ramsay online

© Karwai Tang/WireImage Tilly Ramsay responded to a 67-year-old radio host who insulted her on his show. Karwai Tang/WireImage Tilly Ramsay, Gordon’s 19-year-old daughter, spoke out against the LBC host ... Read more »

Live Nation Expands Venue Portfolio in Texas and South Carolina

The Echo Lounge & Music Hall in Dallas Live Nation is expanding its venue reach with a grand opening in Dallas and a new venue partnership in South Carolina. The ... Read more »

Kyle Shanahan expects Jimmy Garoppolo to be 100 percent by Sunday

© Provided by NBC Sports 49ers veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) remained limited in practice Thursday, while rookie quarterback Trey Lance (knee) still is out. After sitting out the Week ... Read more »

NFL Week 7 game picks and predictions

Week 7 of the NFL season is upon us, starting with a Thursday Night Football clash between the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns—two teams who started the season with high ... Read more »

Fuego Celebrates 10 Years of ‘Vaina Loca' With New Manuel Turizo & Duki Version: Exclusive

Manuel Turizo, Fuego, Duki In 2011, Fuego (real name: Miguel Ángel Durán Jr.) recorded what would become one of the biggest bangers of his career in his mom’s apartment in ... Read more »

9 Republicans voted to hold Trump aide Bannon in contempt of Congress

There were a few Republicans Thursday who surprised observers when they voted in support of holding former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress and referring him to the ... Read more »

Megan Thee Stallion Announces New Freestyle Compilation Something for Thee Hotties

© Megan Thee Stallion (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images) AUSTIN, TEXAS – OCTOBER 01: Megan Thee Stallion performs onstage during Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park on October 01, ... Read more »

How to turn on a Blue Light Filter on Xbox Series X

The October Xbox Update adds several new features perfect for gamers who enjoy their console in the evenings or before bed. A new 4k dashboard for the Xbox Series X ... Read more »

How to evolve Pumpkaboo into Gourgeist in Pokémon Go

Pumpkaboo in Pokémon Go evolves into Gourgeist. There are four different sizes for Pumpkaboo, but each has the same evolution requirements as the others. There are two ways to go ... Read more »

Five ideal trade destinations for Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa

Second-year Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa could end up being a pawn in the team’s continued chase after Houston Texans star Deshaun Watson. © Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports Miami Dolphins ... Read more »

Washington Football Team scandal takes another turn as Congress gets involved

The investigation into workplace misconduct allegations against the Washington Football Team might end up becoming public record at some point soon. © NorthJersey.com-USA TODAY NETWORK The NFL has pushed back ... Read more »

Everything you need to know about the Rebelde reboot

© Provided by ¡Hola! Netflix is ready to introduce a new generation to Rebelde. The reboot to the classic telenovela has an official release date and will feature Andrea Chaparro, ... Read more »

Wayne Shorter & More Jazz Greats Named 2021 Doris Duke Artists

Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter, Kris Davis and Danilo Pérez are the jazz performers chosen as 2021 Doris Duke Artists, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced Thursday (Oct. 21).   To accompany the award, $275,000 will ... Read more »

Family hip-hop singer Secret Agent 23 Skidoo to perform at ND's DeBartolo

SOUTH BEND — The family hip-hop singer Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and his Grammy Award-winning band will perform the first children’s concert of the season Nov. 13 at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.  © ... Read more »

Young Thug Sues Over Stolen Bag That Included Jewelry, Cash & Songs

Young Thug Atlanta rapper Young Thug said an apartment concierge let an unknown person take his Louis Vuitton bag holding about 200 unreleased songs and more than $100,000 worth of ... Read more »

Albums: Elton John – The Lockdown Sessions, Lana Del Ray – Blue Banisters, Duran Duran – Future Past

Elton John The Lockdown Sessions ★★★★☆ In the past few years, Elton John has cemented his reputation as someone who can spot a future superstar from 40 paces. His radio ... Read more »

Gamethread #4: Islanders at Blue Jackets

Puck drop is almost here, so come hang out and chat with us about tonight’s game! Will the Jackets bounce back from their first loss of the year? © Photo ... Read more »

The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber Take Fans Inside the Making of Their ‘Stay' Music Video: Watch

The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber Vevo has named The Kid LAROI their final LIFT artist of 2021 and released an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the music video for “Stay,” ... Read more »

Notre Dame-RIT stream – College hockey on NBC Sports

The Notre Dame men’s hockey team continues its 2021-22 season on Thursday at home against RIT. © Provided by NBC Sports NBC Sports will present the 2021-22 Notre Dame hockey ... Read more »

Apache Casino Hotel hosts Beach Boys concert

LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) – Apache Casino Hotel Event Manager Lee Bayless joined 7News in studio to talk about an upcoming concert series featuring the Beach Boys. © Provided by Wichita ... Read more »

Storm Cancels San Anselmo Weekend Of Free Concerts

SAN ANSELMO, CA — A San Anselmo concert scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled due to a Pacific storm. © Shutterstock / chase4concept The 7th Sons, a classic rock ... Read more »

Joe Gorga reveals he CRIED over sister Teresa Giudice's engagement

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Joe Gorga is thrilled about his sister Teresa Giudice’s engagement to  Luis Ruelas, who proposed in Greece earlier this week after a year of ... Read more »

Claire Holt to Appear in Legacies Season 4 as Rebekah Mikaelson

© Courtesy of The CW Another much-missed Mikaelson is returning to the fold. Claire Holt, who played Rebekah on both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, will reprise her role ... Read more »

Ant and Dec tease new I'm A Celeb with exciting trailer as show prepares for castle return

Declan Donnelly gets on his high horse to gee up pal Ant to come up with ideas for the new series of I’m a Celeb. The ITV show returns to ... Read more »

Queen Elizabeth II Spends the Night in Hospital After Canceling Visit to Northern Ireland

Queen Elizabeth is on the mend following a hospitalization, which prompted Her Majesty to cancel a trip to Northern Ireland. On Thursday, Oct. 21, Buckingham Palace said in a statement, ... Read more »

Queen Elizabeth Spends a Night in the Hospital After Canceling Visit to Northern Ireland

© Provided by People Steve Parsons/AP/Shutterstock Queen Elizabeth spent Wednesday night in a hospital after canceling a trip to Northern Ireland under medical advice from her doctors, according to Buckingham ... Read more »

Noir Film ‘The Blue Rose' Rounds Out Cast With Ray Wise, Danielle Bisutti, Nikko Austen Smith

© Courtesy Images “The Blue Rose,” a new noir thriller from writer- director George Baron, has rounded out its ensemble cast. Joining the project currently shooting in Los Angeles is ... Read more »

9 Republicans voted to hold close Trump aide Bannon in contempt of Congress

There were a few Republicans Thursday who surprised observers when they voted in support of holding former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress and referring him to the ... Read more »

N.I.H. Says Bat Research Group Failed to Submit Prompt Virus Findings

The National Institutes of Health said on Wednesday that a nonprofit group under fire from some congressional Republicans for its research collaborations in China had failed to promptly report findings ... Read more »

Former ESPN reporter compares Biden's comments on vaccine mandates to a dictator

Former ESPN reporter Allison Williams compared President Biden’s comments on vaccine mandates to something a dictator would say. © Getty Images Former ESPN reporter compares Biden’s comments on vaccine mandates ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic