"When you walk around and hear the music and see the dancers, you are reminded of why you do what you do and work so hard."
The Philadelphia Orchestra and Symphonic Choir didn't quite have their arms around Haydn's "The Seasons," a major oratorio that was given its first full performance by the orchestra. But the vocal soloists were wonderful.
"Annie," through Jan. 7 at the Walnut Theatre, has been a perennial favorite since its debut on Broadway in 1977 - but the Walnut production is slow and awkward.
Anselm Kiefer talked with us about his creative process - and what he has in common with sculptor Auguste Rodin. The esteemed German contemporary artist is in Philly for the opening of the Barnes Foundation "Kiefer Rodin" show combining the two masters' works.
The Rodin Museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts a ceremony Friday morning honoring its namesake French artist, who died 100 years ago to the day. In other Rodin news, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is now displaying the Rodin bust of Napoleon that recently turned up in a New Jersey town hall...
Ailyn Pérez is now starring as Thais at the Metropolitan Opera. Philly saw that coming: Even before her graduation from the Academy of Vocal Arts, Pérez was drawing adoration.
Anselm Kiefer and Auguste Rodin, featured at the Barnes Foundation in a joint exhibition, find common ground across the centuries in the great medieval cathedrals. The exciting show opens Friday and runs through March 12.
"Every Brilliant Thing" is playing at the Arden Theatre Company through Dec. 10. Scott Greer turns a one-man show into a cast of 80 in the brand-new "Bob and Selma" stage. This is an audience-participation heartbreaker, about what makes life worth living, what the brilliant things in life really are...
Lantern Theater Company presents The Craftsman, by prize-winning local playwright Bruce Graham, through Dec. 10. This intriguing world premiere involves forgery, revenge, Vermeer, and much else. Graham's play also resonates in our moment, wracked by issues of worth, fakery, prejudice, and revenge.
Orchestra 2001 went deeper into the world of hybrid music theater with Steve Mackey's "Slide," heard on Tuesday at Princeton's Taplin Auditorium before going on to the Venice Island Performing Arts Center in Manayunk on Thursday.
From the mind of former PAFA head Harry Philbrick comes Philadelphia Contemporary, an ambitious new art museum offering the latest in multidisciplinary art.
The orchestra hopes to have a new president named by March 1.
Scott Cooper has been named the new leader of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. He's now a vice president at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Canada.