David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Philadelphia Orchestra first visited the People’s Republic in 1973, full of apprehension and some fear. Much haschanged over the years, and the Philadelphians are welcomed with open arms.
In 1973, when the Philadelphia Orchestra made history in China, Inquirer music critic Daniel Webster was there. Now David Patrick Stearns reports on the 2013 tour and residency, building on this long relationship.
How many ways can savagery be celebrated? The Rite of Spring debuted 100 years ago on May 29 - a day when music changed the world with its portrayal of human sacrifice in pagan Russia, heard in endless configurations, and in equal parts fascinating, exasperating, and exhilarating.