David Patrick Stearns

David Patrick Stearns

David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Mahler’s 5th: Even better with age

The piece was on Yannick's first concert program in 2010 after he was named music director-designate. Its return Thursday night offered a chance to compare and contrast.

Philly’s world-famous choir, The Crossing, premieres Gavin Bryars’ latest. Will it be their next Grammy?

Gavin Bryars brings his new work, 'A Native Hill,' to Chestnut Hill for its world premiere. He and The Crossing have already one a Grammy together, for 2018's "The Fifth Century."

Philadelphia Orchestra’s China Night navigates some tricky cultural crosswinds

Guest conductor Tan Dun lead a smooth, vivid, and ornate night of music despite a pro-Mao critique on Facebook that had challenged one program choice.

Philadelphia Orchestra’s all-Mozart program reveals operas in disguise

Mozart is said to have always been writing operas in various states of disguise: Even in symphonies and string quartets, he composed entrances and exits, whether dramatic or comic, plus melodies that behave like characters.

It’s peak Yannick on classical stages: Met Opera one night, Philadelphia Orchestra the next

The busy, busy maestro conducts back-to-back shows in New York and Philadelphia.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin navigates different flavors of musical grandeur in multiple places

Yannick Nézet-Séguin is having a conventionally hectic October that began on Thursday with Puccini’s Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera and continued Friday with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Rachmaninoff/Strauss program.

Penn’s Annenberg Center celebrates Pulitzer winner George Crumb for his 90th birthday

The three-day festival, in partnership with Bowerbird, is an ambitious assembly of Crumb's works, performed by musicians who know their way around this challenging, mesmerizing material.

John Adams is conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra in Ravel, Stravinsky — and himself — in a journey worth taking

This 21st century composer brings out the Philadelphians' best. Leila Josefowicz plays the virtuoso solo in Adams' "Scheherazade.2."

Philadelphia’s own Eric Owens opens Metropolitan Opera season in a new production of ‘Porgy and Bess’

The star bass baritone from Mt. Airy, now at the peak of his career, touches core emotion as Porgy, standing out in an uneven revival.

90 wasted minutes: 019′s ‘Let Me Die’ collapses in a heap

The concept was cloudy, the philosophy behind it unrevealing, and performances, when not bordering on amateurish, had that telltale force field of pretension that’s actually just a smoke screen for lack of content.