Tangible Assets. No one should interpret the closing of the F.Y.E. at Broad and Chestnut Streets as the twilight of classical music. It's just that recorded music is moving to nonphysical formats, so who needs a physical store? There is a silver lining: a very big sale. All the CDs and records in F.Y.E.'s nicely curated classical perch are currently 40 percent to 50 percent off. On a visit last week, that meant a CD of pianist Imogen Cooper performing Brahms and Schumann for the cost of a sandwich, or a Gorecki symphony in the iced latte range. Thousands more await eager ears between now and closing day for this last real classical department in Center City, set for Aug. 31.
- Peter Dobrin
Just when you thought nothing classical was happening . . . Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yun Hu is holding her annual Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy. Although it is full of master classes, the event is also a piano festival with seven public recitals at the Curtis Institute's Field Concert Hall, including Hu on Tuesday, Charles Abramovic on Wednesday, Douglas Humpherys on Saturday, and Alon Goldstein on Aug. 16. Tickets: $12 to $25. Information: pypa.info
- David Patrick Stearns