Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer. Born in New York, raised in Miami, he has an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

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Half million dollars in coronavirus relief going to nonprofits from Barra Foundation

The board of the Wayne-based foundation approved grants to support arts and culture, education, health, and human services.

To avert ‘enormous’ deficit, Philadelphia Orchestra musicians take 20% pay cut as special fund-raising begins

After coronavirus canceled performances, players voted to approve the cuts, which start April 1 and last through mid-September. Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin will give up at least 20% of his paycheck, too.

William Penn Foundation fast-tracks $6.6 million for the arts, adds $5 million for pre-K, loosens grant restrictions

Grant recipients have been reeling. "Many organizations have tight cash flows in the best of times. This situation had made it suddenly critical — and critical for every organization at the same time,” said one leader from the local arts scene.


Philadelphia’s quirky Academy Ball must continue. Now let’s talk about how it needs to change.

This annual birthday party for a building is unlikely and weird in an only-in-Philadelphia way. The challenge is to change with the times while keeping the eccentricity intact.

Citing coronavirus, major Philadelphia arts groups make ‘heart-breaking’ decision to shut down

The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mütter Museum, Pennsylvania Ballet, and others have closed, canceled performances or curtailed events.

Philadelphia arts and culture groups begin canceling, postponing performances

Threat of coronavirus has caused some arts groups to curtail their seasons and others to pare events.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s stunning scenes from Porgy and Bess

Selections from the Gershwin opera with soprano Angel Blue are packaged in an hour-long performance being captured for a recording.

Philadelphia Orchestra touches down in Eagles territory for ‘sensory friendly’ concert

Sunday's concert was geared toward a special needs audience. New assistant conductor Erina Yashima was on the podium. Jason Kelce was in the crowd.

Conductor Edward Gardner takes the Philadelphia Orchestra to Xanadu in his debut

Like its inspiration, William Randolph Hearst, 'Once Upon a Castle' is larger than life.

Opera Philadelphia’s new season will have ‘Tosca’ and ‘Macbeth,’ plus a new Jennifer Higdon work

Opera for the 2020-21 season brings Verdi and Puccini — plus drag queens and blurred genres. Festival O20 kicks it all off.