Just because Opera Philadelphia has so many new-opera projects doesn't mean the company is neglecting the crowd-pleasing front. Opening on Friday at the Academy of Music, Puccini's Turandot arrived in a determinedly high-impact production that - with expenses shared with companies in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and others - would not be dwarfed by the Metropolitan Opera's famously lavish Franco Zeffirelli extravaganza.
Around the world without a plane ticket. Thanks to web radio, the great festivals of the United States and Europe are available live and archived. The Boston Symphony Orchestra's Friday, Saturday, and Sunday concerts at Tanglewood are heard live on WGBH i
Black Pearls, Purple Rain. The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra pays tribute to Prince on Friday at the Dell Music Center in a side-by-side performance with local amateurs. Conductor Jeri Lynne Johnson leads the ensemble in tunes including "Raspberry Beret" and "The Beautiful Ones." Information: 267-702-2809, www.blackpearlco.org. - Peter Dobrin
The Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy surely offers a considerable service to emerging talents. But pardon me for being more interested in contributions from artists who have already emerged, starting with artistic director Ching-Yun Hu. The Taiwanese pianist opened the festival Tuesday at the Curtis Institute with a recital program that showed how far her interests extend beyond Chopin, the composer so central to her repertoire.
David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.