Charitable giving in America has recovered from the damage done by the Great Recession, with donations to schools, hospitals, social service agencies, cultural groups, and other nonprofits in 2014 reaching $358.38 billion, surpassing its pre-recession record.
When you walk into a museum and find that your favorite Schieles and Munchs have all been rearranged to a particular configuration, you might wonder what the point is. Pianist Shai Wosner was a musical curator Friday night, but an inscrutable one, never explaining why he assembled the first half of his stunningly beautiful Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital debut by interspersing Schubert impromptus with Chopin impromptus. Do they share more than a name?
Now that the Barnes Foundation has left its ancestral home, the award for most cloistered leading arts group in our city might belong to the Academy of Vocal Arts. Several decades of creating bespoke environments for experiencing art have not touched AVA's tiny theater - a cramped railway car-proportioned space of bourbon-colored walls, Arcadian murals and a grand hearth.