David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Great music isn't a stranger to the Church of the Advocate on Diamond Street in the urban frontier of North Philadelphia.
Three of the bigger musical personalities to come out of Astral Artists in recent years became a temporary piano trio Sunday afternoon in a concert titled "Encore!" Its significance wasn't lost on the audience at Trinity Center for Urban Life, which was packed despite the sublime weather. The program was what you'd expect from these strong-minded musicians - in that you really didn't know what to expect.