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The ensemble and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Photo courtesy The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Review: ‘West Side Story’ staged by The Philadelphia Orchestra

West Side Story has never sounded as good as in last weekend’s performances by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra. It even surpassed Leonard Bernstein’s own recording, which sounds sluggish in comparison. Never once did Yannick and the Philadelphians sound like a symphony orchestra performing a pops concert. Rather, the 42-year-old led a jazzy performance […]

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Edward Parks. Photo by Ken Howard.

Review: ‘The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs’ at Santa Fe Opera

Steve Jobs was a revolutionary genius in communicating. He showed the world how to get “everything” anyone needed on a single gadget. Yet he was a spectacular failure in communicating with his friends and family on a personal level. That’s the essence of his story, and it contains basic conflict, which is the stuff of […]

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‘Paul’s Case’ at UrbanArias by Terry Byrne

The words “world premiere” don’t always translate to “Must-See,” but in the case of Paul’s Case, a post-minimalist, compact opera unveiled by UrbanArias at Artisphere, they’re synonymous. Adapted from a 1905 Willa Cather short story of the same name and set in gritty, post-industrial Pittsburgh, the work, composed as a eulogy by Gregory Spears with libretto […]

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