Wednesday, January 28, 2015
This year promises to be a big one for Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program.
Unlike Al Pacino's unexpectedly fitting performance at Saturday's Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball, the evening's sartorial confections - sparkling and structured gowns in a dizzying array of designer names - were exactly what ball-goers have come to expect.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A major impressionist exhibit featuring works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas is making its only U.S. stop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this summer.
Every so often, Astral Artists presents a concert by a musician who arrives with no prior reputation, but shows every sign of being a fully fledged artistic force. So it was with pianist Dizhou Zhao, whose Philadelphia recital debut, presented Sunday by Astral Artists at the Trinity Center for Urban Life, exuded distinctive personality.
Some ideas hide so clearly in plain sight that, once discovered, promise to become the norm. Catch Me if You Can, the musical about a real-life con man fleecing 1960s America with boundless charm, originally unfolded on Broadway in sort of a showbiz netherworld resembling a Las Vegas floor show as newly arrested Frank Abagnale recounts the adventures that are about to put him in prison.
 
Review: Powerful 'Sizwe Banzi' at McCarter Theater
One of the most startling moments at Saturday night's Academy of Music 158th Anniversary Concert was hearing the Philadelphia Orchestra in an important, rarely heard William Walton score.
After presiding over the historic entrance to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for more than a year, the giant Day-Glo Gumby fashioned by artist KAWS came down Sunday.
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.