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.
Tangible Assets. No one should interpret the closing of the F.Y.E. at Broad and Chestnut Streets as the twilight of classical music. It's just that recorded music is moving to nonphysical formats, so who needs a physical store? There is a silver lining: a
The 20th century was neither kind nor easy - one reason violinist Yehudi Menuhin (1916-99) captured the public's affection at the earliest possible age, with music-making infused with ease and kindness, as documented in this year's 100th-birthday boxed sets. But when the magic aura of the Menuhin name is a more distant memory, reactions to his recordings become endlessly complicated.
Curtis encores. The main classical season may be over, but you can revisit some high points from recent performances at the Curtis Institute of Music via videos on the school's website. Captured is a nicely developing interpretation by Bolai Cao of the Br
'Just when you think you've heard everything, there's. . . ." That sentence, uttered by a listener at the Crossing's "Seven Responses" concerts Friday and Saturday at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, could've been completed many different ways. The Crossing choir premiered newly written companion piec
David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.