Monday, September 1, 2014
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David Patrick Stearns

David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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NEW YORK - Something more than an amiable, intermittently earnest play is waiting to emerge from Quiara Alegria Hudes' The Happiest Song Plays Last, the completion of her "Elliot Trilogy" and her follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful, which just ended a run at the Arden. But at the moment, it rides on homey, atmospheric elements familiar from August Wilson's plays.
Although perfectly congenial, the Philadelphia Orchestra's high-concept program was up around the ozone Thursday when the Fauré Requiem was preceded by a succession of composers that spanned three centuries and as many nationalities - for no clear reason.

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