David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Few composers hid such a brilliant light under a bushel as Leo Ornstein. When his entrancing Piano Quintet is heard Wednesday at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, few will be aware that the concert marks the return of his music to Philadelphia, where it was heard for decades, but perhaps only in his studio.
Anyone for Mendelssohn's Ninth? What looked like a misprint in the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's program was perfectly accurate. Though Felix Mendelssohn wrote four official symphonies - we're lucky to have that many, considering how much he revised them - he was something of a symphony machine when a child.