David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Remember the era, way back in the 20th century, when the classical-music world seemed to proceed with majestic sameness? When Eugene Ormandy and the Fabulous Philadelphians seemed to go on forever, one Scheherazade at a time? Such stability and artistic centralization are certainly long gone. But in their place? Much fascinating new music - in odd and interesting places.
Collaboration fever is yielding some of the more unexpected artistic masterstrokes in Philadelphia these days. A series of such collaborations came sliding together on Thursday, so that one could encounter eight of the city's most august institutions in four events sprinkled over morning, noon, and night.