David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Who is meeting whose match here? Philadelphia contemporary-music choir the Crossing is making its way through Sound From the Bench, a fearlessly angry work by Brooklyn composer Ted Hearne whose Sunday premiere will include two electric guitars and percussion in the unlikely venue of the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Choir and electric guitars: hardly natural bedfellows.
The Philadelphia Orchestra is not what it used to be, which is excellent news.