But for the efforts of several art historians who sought her out in the last decades of her life, Theresa Bernstein would have been just another forgotten female artist. Fortunately, one of those historians was Gail Levin.
With a single swing of the ax, the new leadership of Pennsylvania Ballet has cleared out the longtime artistic pillars of the company.
In a show of strength, Philadelphia's smaller theater companies this year rival the city's usual prize magnets in nominations for the newly revived Barrymore Awards, announced on Thursday.
Since 2006, Philadelphia's Mauckingbird Theatre Company has focused on gay-themed stage works – eight years during which progress on such issues as gays in the military and same-sex marriage might have quieted its ardor. But no.
Civic leaders have stepped in with a provisional plan to bring Philadelphia Theatre Company back from the brink of financial collapse, and, possibly, secure its long-term viability.
You don't need to wait for Christmas to hear Handel's Messiah. Jason Tramm conducts the Great Auditorium Choir and Orchestra in the choral masterpiece, with soloists Monica Ziglar, soprano, Martha Bartz, mezzo-soprano, Ronald Naldi, tenor, and Justin Beck, bass-baritone, and organist Gordon Turk, at 7 p.m. in the Great Auditorium, Pilgrim and Ocean Pathways, Ocean Grove, N.J. Admission is free. Call 800-590-4064.
Sunday Casino concerto Conductor Jed Gaylin leads the Bay-Atlantic Symphony in Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major with soloist Amy Beth Horman, plus works by Verdi, Borodin, and Sibelius at 5 p.m. at the Borgata's Music Box Theater, Huron Avenue and Borgata Way, Atlantic City. Tickets are $25. Call 1-866-900-4849.
Somewhere on the path to immortality, Maria Callas and Leonard Bernstein transcended boxed-set recording anthologies. Now they have shrines. For the price of more votive candles than you can count, La Divina (Callas' canonized name) rises again in the 69-disc Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings, arriving in September with her own artist page on iTunes (a rare tribute in classical circles). And that doesn't include her prized live recordings.