In a somewhat unconventional program, Yannick Nézet-Séguin led the Philadelphia Orchestra through the lighter side of Shostakovich - assuming there actually is one. Even when the composer seems to be kidding around, his music hints at something subversive, that the music means much more than it says, and what it says is always dangling out of reach. That's why you want to hear it again.
Though the Philadelphia Orchestra has a steep climb ahead in its largest-ever fund-raising campaign effort, several key pieces helping to smooth the path are falling into place.
This year promises to be a big one for Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program.
Five or six decades have passed since Herbert von Karajan's advocacy for Sibelius established an international sound concept on the composer's coattails. Polished and cool, Karajan's recordings of the Sibelius symphonies might have done more to advance the cause of ensemble perfection than of the composer. They were beautiful and superficial.
Friday-Saturday Beethoven and Shostakovich In a now-traditional pairing of composers, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra are sure to give a new shading to Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in contrast to Shostakovich's percussive Piano Concerto No. 2 - with soloist Kirill Gerstein - and
Art Museums & Institutions African American Heritage Museum 661 Jackson Rd., Newtonville; 609-704-5495. www.aahmsnj.org. Tue.-Fri. 10 am-3 pm.
Theater Professional/semi-professional A Life in the Theatre Comedy about the relationship between an older, veteran stage performer & the newcomer who shares his dressing room. Closes 2/1. Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $30-$45.
The actress who gave us Olivia Walton on TV is in Philly portraying another mother.