Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer. Born in New York, raised in Miami, he has an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

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Barnes Foundation to raise $100 million — and some prominent philanthropists have already stepped up

The Barnes Foundation aims to substantially boost its endowment. Early donors include the Neubauer Family Foundation, Aileen K. and Brian L. Roberts, the Maguire Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Kimmel Center scraps plan for tower above Merriam Theater

The Kimmel Center, which bought the Merriam in 2016, failed to attract any proposals from developers. A planned renovation could move some PA Ballet productions elsewhere.

Pianist Peter Serkin: overthinking Mozart, liberating Bach

Peter Serkin returned to Philadelphia for a somewhat enigmatic recital of Bach and Mozart.

Helen Mirren, a ‘disaster’ on piano, will bring other talents to Academy of Music gala

Helen Mirren will host the 2019 Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball. We talked to her about her under-the radar Lee Daniels movie, set in Philly, and about her very personal connection to classical music.

Philadelphia Orchestra will play an on-field gig at NovaCare — and, separately, with Ben Folds

The NovaCare concert is sensory-friendly, and free. The Folds appearance is a fund-raiser for orchestra education programs.

A Philadelphia Orchestra guest conductor most unusual: Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny and other cartoon characters worked their puckish charm on various celluloid victims as well as listeners who seemed only too delighted to hear Rossini, Smetana and others as accompaniment.

Academy of Music Anniversary Concert host announced

Helen Mirren's father played viola with the London Philharmonic, but don't expect her to sing or play the banjo like Steve Martin did at the Philadelphia Orchestra gala last year.

Finally! A Philadelphia Orchestra performance of ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ — still gorgeous

The chamber opera by Gian Carlo Menotti, who studied music in Philadelphia at Curtis, premiered on national TV in 1951.

Rufus Wainwright, ‘Glass Handel’, ‘Nezet-Seguin and DiDonato,’ and more of Philly’s best classical performances of 2018

The Network for New Music tribute to Linda Reichert was another highlight, as was rising-star-conductor's Karina Canellakis' appearance with the Curtis Orchestra.

Nutcracker a tough nut for orchestra, too

Classical ballet has a sound, too, and the orchestra of the Pennsylvania Ballet gives 'The Nutcracker' its magic.