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Dolce Suono Ensemble's Dynamic Musical Diversity

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 10:58 AM

(courtesy DSE)

Flutist Mimi Stillman was training at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music when she started performing informal concerts with her music colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was concurrently a history major. The informal concerts were so well...

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Maestro Tovey on the podium for Cleveland's piano competition

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2016 | 3:33 PM

2016-06-25-1466875931-6067023-BramwellToveyatthepiano.jpg (photo courtesy of BTovey)

There is an alternative event in Ohio next month that showcases healthy competition and camaraderie to look forward to instead of....well, just instead of. The 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) and Festival will convene July 24-August 7, with...

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US Premiere of Manning Drama

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 4:27 PM

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Private Chelsea Manning is a transgender woman serving a 35 year sentence at Leavenworth Prison for making public 250,000 classified military documents to WikiLeaks in 2010 when she was then army tech specialist Bradley Manning serving in the Iraq War. In the...

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Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Convenes

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 5:43 PM

The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), curated by the Kimmel Center, with 60 events over 16 days this month. The festival features a wide ranging line-up of performances and visual art installations by local and international artists at venues and galleries all over the city. There is always...

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Jacobs-Jenkins' 'An Octoroon' rocks the Wilma

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 11:27 AM

Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's "An Octoroon" was met with lusty laughter at the Wilma Theater with its scabrous reimagining of an 1859 minstrel play about slave life on the plantation. One thinks of the epic satire of Swift and the unhinged cheek of Springtime for Hitler.

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March dances in Philly

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 4:29 PM

2016-03-04-1457114284-1114705-DonQfinale.jpg Pennsylvania Ballet cast of Angel Corella's Don Quixote (photo Alexander Iziliaev)

Philly is dance central for the first two weeks in March with a slate of troupes representing a wide spectrum of dance companies in performance all over town. It starts with Pennsylvania...

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Philly Tablao Conjures Flamenco Scene

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 5:25 PM

Philadelphia-based flamenco dancer and choreographer Elba Hevia y Vaca is presenting the second run of Tablao Philly at the Asian Arts Initiative on Vine St in Philadelphia. Vaca's company Pasión y Arte (PyA) will share the evening with De Luna a Lunares dance troupe and premier Spanish flamenco star Almudena...

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Philadelphia Orch's Vibrant Holiday Playlist

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 9:10 AM

The Philadelphia Orchestra's 1962 recording "The 'Glorious Sounds of Christmas" showcased the storied 'Philadelphia Sound' under legendary maestro Eugene Ormandy, and last weekend British conductor Bramwell Tovey revisited that repertoire, and put his own stamp on the orchestra's holiday concerts, with the help of the mighty Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia....

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Pig Iron Theatre's Powerful Gentlemen Volunteers Returns

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 3:45 PM

2015-12-18-1450465686-9951940-GentlemenVolunteers.jpg Michael Castillejos in Gentlemen Volunteers (photo Lindsay Browning)

Pig Iron Theater Company is renowned as one of Philly's most innovative theatrical troupes. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary by restaging their production of Gentlemen Volunteers by Suli Holum who was...

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McBride's Knockout Jazz Oratorio in Philly

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 11:23 AM

2015-12-01-1449014196-7215411-nov21069.jpg Christian McBride's Big Band with the singers and narrators taking bows after performing The Movement Revisited in Philly (photo LJW)

Christian McBride's The Movement Revisited, had one knockout performance at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia Nov. 21. It's an ambitious jazz oratorio- symphonia...

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Marsalis Honored at 2015 Marian Anderson Award

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 5:42 PM

2015-11-12-1447352934-6405893-MarsalisAndersonAwards1.JPG Marsalis performing with his septet at Marian Anderson Awards (photo by Dave Ickes courtesy of Marian Anderson Award)

Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was the honoree at the 2015 Marian Anderson Awards. Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter presented Marsalis with the award...

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Hannibal's Musical Metaphysics

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 4:50 PM

2015-11-11-1447265530-1814745-MLK2015079JeffFuscoPhilaOrch.JPG Composer Hannibal & Maestro 'Yan' (photo Jeff Fusco)

Hannibal Lokumbe is on a first name basis with everyone he meets; he still hails from his home state of Texas, but has toured the world as a virtuoso jazz musician and symphonic composer. This...

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Opera Philadelphia announces 017 opera fest

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 3:27 PM

2015-11-03-1446562786-5778577-daviddevanchriscrisman940x540.jpg David Devan (photo ChrisCrisman)

Since becoming Opera Philadelphia's General Director four years ago, David Devan has so successfully rebranded the company's image that he keeps upping the opera ante. The always OQ ready Devan talked to colleagues, city officials and board members Oct...

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On the Road With Seth and Audra

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 2:05 PM

2015-10-09-1444400758-8844485-AudraMcDonaldgreysweater_creditAutumndeWilde.jpg Audra McDonald (photo Autumn de Wilde) 2015-10-09-1444400884-189470-sethheadshot.jpg Seth Rudetsky (photo courtesy Kimmel Center)

Seth Rudetsky is all over the airwaves as Satellite Radio host of On Broadway and Seth Speaks and otherwise divides his time as a...

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Faderman's the Gay Revolution a Must Read

(3) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 4:59 PM

2015-09-16-1442423610-1095878-lillianfaderman405172506.jpg Gay historian Lillian Faderman.

For GLBTQ Americans, there is much to celebrate this year after the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, not to mention basking in other recent victories like the repeal of Don't...

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Vulcan Lyric's Powerful Glory Denied

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 10:24 AM

2015-08-20-1440090474-5616691-BrandonSnookandJasonSwitzerphotoBobBezushko.JPGBrandon Snook & Jason Switzer in Glory Denied (ph: Bob Bezushko/VulcanLyric)

Conductor Andrew Kurtz has established a new opera troupe in Philly called Vulcan Lyric, building on his previous venture, Center City Opera Theater, which focused on presenting new operas and collaborating with...

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Dana Thomas' Compelling Dual Bio of Fashion Icons

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 7:50 PM


Even if you don't follow the world of high fashion, Dana Thomas' dual biography of British designers John Galliano and Alexander McQueen is one of the nonfiction titles of the year. Thomas probes the torrential world of haute couture as she chronicles the...

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qFLIX Philly's New GLBTQ film fest

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 2:47 PM

Since the early 90s, GLBTQ film festivals in Philadelphia, under various names, built a huge local audience of queer cinefiles and celebrated diversity and community. Not to mention proving an impressive midsummer tourist draw. Qfest Philly was shut down in 2013, but is back now as the rebranded qFLIX Philadelphia...

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A Starry Night of Gershwin by the Philadelphians

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 5:38 PM

The Philadelphia Orchestra concluded their regular season in Philly, with what proved to be a triumphal sold out performances of Leonard Bernstein's Mass, a pet project of musical director Yannick Nezet Seguin. Then the orchestra headed for a 14 city European tour, their first since Yannick became musical director. By...

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Graffito Works Launches in Philly

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 1:48 PM

A dozen of Philadelphia's most accomplished and experimental dance artists have joined Graffito Works; a new company formed by New York-Philly based artistic director Steven Weisz and is his most ambitious dance project yet.

Graffito Works launched this month at Grounds For Sculpture gallery in Hamilton, NJ and at...

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