David Patrick Stearns, For The Inquirer

David Patrick Stearns, For The Inquirer

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

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Why Beethoven is so relatable right now (and it’s not just because his hair is a wreck)

His music is unvarnished, unfiltered, elemental — and suited to the raw place our emotions are at right now. Is it any wonder millions are streaming Beethoven?

Musicians worldwide are playing their hearts out in live-streamed performances. These are some of the most soulful ones.

Amid the global pandemic, music has broken out in empty concert halls, performers’ living rooms, and quarantined streets.

‘Oh, my gosh! Why didn’t I know about this growing up?’ Maker of new Marian Anderson film brings it home to Philly for a world premiere

'Once in a Hundred Years: The Life and Legacy of Marian Anderson' has its world premiere at the Kimmel Center Saturday.

After canceling upcoming concerts, the Philadelphia Orchestra played to an empty house

On a long, bad day, here was a solution that allowed the orchestra to be heard,

Philadelphia will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th with more than symphonies

BeethovenNOW concerts at the Kimmel Center include new American works, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society takes on his 16 string quartets and 32 piano sonatas.

Philip Glass Ensemble plays the audacious ‘Music in 12 Parts’ at Annenberg

At more than four hours, the performance stretched music and listeners to the limit.

This organ player is determined to perform a stormy, 15-hour piece at a Philly church

Freelance organist Richard Spotts has become an evangelist for French composer Charles Tournemire's chilling composition "L’Orgue Mystique." He'll play it through in a series of concerts at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill.

Annenberg’s Philip Glass festival is coming. Hear a five-hour marathon, with a dinner break.

The festival includes the composer's "Music in 12 Parts" from 1974 and a new theatrical work with a score that Glass co-wrote, along with lots more.

Daniela Mack’s replacement for Opera Philadelphia’s Verdi ‘Requiem’ steals the show

After the "uh-oh" moment, a satisfying performance. A second performance is scheduled for Sunday.

Beethoven, Trifonov, and a total delight named Louise Farrenc at the Philadelphia Orchestra now

A fast, hot, and completely engaging performance introduced a curious Philly audience to the 19th century French composer. Trifonov was his usual great self.