Can Moondog survive his own mystique? More discussed than heard, Moondog has become a paragon of outsider music. Blind since he was a teenager and influenced equally by 1950s jazz and Native American music, the Kansas-born Louis Thomas Hardin (1916-1999) evolved into a Viking-garbed New York City street musician who named himself after a dog that barked at the moon, and created music that felt like the unmediated, pure expression of a (possibly) holy fool. Or so we think.
Requiem for Orlando. Musicians will gather at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, 21st and Walnut Streets, in a musical memorial to victims of last week's mass murder in Orlando. Church music director Andrew Senn will lead musician
NEW YORK - Trinity Church near Wall Street is the place to be for serious music-seeking New Yorkers in January. When many major institutions are on hiatus, all manner of left-of-center concerts fill the gap. And two Philadelphia groups that have been steadily gaining traction here would have been part of it had a snowstorm not intervened early this year.
Anyone wanting a tsunami of exotic sound at Saturday's meeting of the Prism Quartet and the Partch ensemble (in its East Coast debut) could easily have left alternately fascinated, underwhelmed, and puzzled at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater for so many reasons.
Where classical music is concerned, the vacation months are now a haven for niche programming - sometimes of the extreme sort. The idea is that if it's your niche, you'll travel for it. So what's worth the current gasoline prices? Here's a selection of great classical programs within a day's drive. - David Patrick Stearns
By David Patrick Stearns CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC www.metopera.org/user-information/Met-Live-Stream/ The time in Osaka was 11 p.m. Thursday as Yannick Nézet-Séguin faced a live video interview to announce his Metropolitan Opera appointment to a still-waking-up United States. On the Philadelphia Orchestra's current tour of the Far East, he had an early co
If global classical-music prominence were a horse race, Yannick Nézet-Séguin - with the just-announced Met appointment, in tandem with his continuing tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra - would easily be out in front among his particularly charismatic peers.
Grand memorial. One of the more ambitious projects in the final seasons of the Philadelphia Singers under David Hayes was the 1958 Randall Thompson Requiem, a recording of which, made a year before the 2015 disbanding, is just out now on the Naxos label.
Tucked into the usual Broadway Playbill for the new hit Shuffle Along at the Music Box Theatre is something that's not the typical size or color: a sepia replica of the show's original 1921 program from the long-demolished 63rd Street Music Hall.
Three new works, a hot young Slovenian violinist, plus Mozart's Symphony No. 35 could have, would have, and should have added up to an impressive season finale for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Sunday at the Kimmel Center. But they didn't quite.
It was war and it was ruthless. . . . Handel and his Frenemies is Tempesta di Mare's closing concert of the season at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater. It features Handel's own Il Pastor Fido suite and Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 3, b
David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.