David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
'Good girl, bad girl," explained mezzo-soprano Susan Graham when she arrived on the Perelman Theater stage for the second half of her recital.
Great musicians often seem to come out of nowhere, but with 19-year-old Jan Lisiecki, it's almost true. That's not a comment on his hometown of Calgary, Alberta. The Canadian/Polish pianist probably could have grown up in almost any metropolitan area and still found his own way to his current artistic status - he plays with many of the world's great orchestras - with little outside guidance.