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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Pianist Richard Goode finds his happy place in livestreamed PCMS recital

The long-acclaimed PCMS musical anchor broke out in a smile as he picked and chose among Debussy’s "Preludes" near the end of a masterful program.

A Haydn for Holy Week is part of another intriguing Philadelphia Orchestra digital program

“La Passione” joins Elgar's "Serenade for Strings" and Caroline Shaw’s "Entr’acte" on this week's program.

A long-overlooked Black virtuoso (and swordfighter) is the focus of a walk-through theatrical experience in Spruce Hill

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was a star in France in the 1700s. His works are now enjoying a revival. Curio Theatre tells his story.

Sasha Velour from ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ is now starring in an Opera Philadelphia digital production

The Season 9 winner of "RuPaul’s Drag Race" plays a benevolent spirit who helps explore mother/daughter relationships in composer Angélica Negrón's 11-minute opera film with director Matthew Placek.

Courtney Bryan’s new ‘Blessed’ for Opera Philadelphia is a contemplative, distinguished work | Review

The piece considers the Bible’s promise from Matthew 5 that the meek will inherit the earth, in the context of 2020's protests in response to police brutality against Black men and women.

Tyshawn Sorey’s ‘Save the Boys’ is a demanding and richly rewarding work. Listen at least twice.

The piece follows nobody’s rules, including its own, and therefore exists constantly in the present tense. It premieres at 8 p.m. Friday on operaphila.tv.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Lunar New Year concert shows how streamed video can be better than the real thing

In the upcoming Digital Stage production, the video’s close proximity to the musicians draws attention to the music’s finer points.

Rising-star soprano Michelle Bradley makes a radiant PCMS debut

Her entrancing performance had emotional honesty and a range you’d associate with much more seasoned singers.

The fearless ‘Soldier Songs’ is a standout achievement among COVID-19-era shows. It streams through May 31.

The Opera Philadelphia production joins Wilma Theater's "Heroes of the Fourth Turning" as a substantial artistic statement that's more than just "OK for lockdown."

Philly’s Bowerbird is streaming late-night concerts to hear as you fall asleep

The Liminal States series opens Wednesday. “We had to do something that feels different — and something that Bowerbird would do,” said artistic director Dustin Hurt.