Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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David Patrick Stearns

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

  Email David Patrick at dstearns@phillynews.com
The image of Chris Thile playing Bach, alone on the Richardson Auditorium stage on Thursday, won't go away anytime soon. Here was a lanky, slightly crooked, fashionably rumpled 32-year-old guy with all his physicality funneled into a relatively small mandolin, negotiating the considerable intricacies of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for unaccompanied violin.
What do you do with a play that comes within a hair of cutting its own throat - only to have it turn around and try to cut yours?

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