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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The Philadelphia Orchestra, now online, has become a critical source of serenity

This week's online concert pairs pieces by Gabriela Lena Frank and Mendelssohn reaching across cultural boundaries.

David Brigham is leaving PAFA to run Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Brigham, 56, will leave the post Nov. 30 to become CEO at HSP.

New Philadelphia Orchestra composer Gabriela Lena Frank taps into crucial moments in our culture, and a hummingbird

The pandemic changes everything, she says. "To listen to music when you’re trying to not get sick and die seems utopian. ... Things are not normal."

Painted Bride sale may proceed, judges say, but Isaiah Zagar murals may not be doomed

The building is now under an agreement of sale with Groom Investments.

Kimmel Center scrambling for a new financial model after ‘dire’ economic hit from COVID-19

With COVID-19, the Kimmel's achievement of self-reliance on earned income has become a liability.

Philadelphia Orchestra members approve new, deeper pay cuts

Cuts in compensation will also continue for orchestra staff and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Curtis leaders repeatedly failed to address Lara St. John’s credible accounts of sexual assaults by her teacher

With the renowned violinist’s story widely public and validated, St. John leaves behind a world-famous but hidebound institution grappling with profound change.

With Steve Martin and Angel Blue, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s opening concert is a victory online

The beautifully executed evening also included a knockout performance of Valerie Coleman’s "Seven O’Clock Shout," already sounding like an American classic.

Philly’s classical music season has arrived. Let the experimentation begin.

A pandemic has taken hold, and the city’s ancestral home to classical music has gone dark. Still, artists are a resourceful lot.