David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Baseball imagery is periodically imposed on classical music - never comfortably - for the sake of approachability. But with the All-Star Orchestra, whose name riffs on the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the comparison is apt. Musicians from around the country spent a week at New York City's Manhattan Center last year playing for a series of one-hour televised programs that debut Sunday on WHYY-TV12.
The evolution of FringeArts and its community follows no known continuum of upwardly mobile sophistication. Usually a paragon of nervy, aggressive hipster cool, the 2013 Fringe Festival (formerly Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe and now, at last, officially named what everybody always called it) uses a serene portrait of Jesus as its central marketing image. Among the artistic frontiers the festival will explore: silence.