Month of Moderns 現代樂之月

by Michael Caruso   Donald Nally and The Crossing performed the second of three concerts in their “Month of Moderns” series Saturday evening, June 24, in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Heard by an enthusiastic audience that nearly filled the church, the concert‘s program lived up to its name. Two of the three works were world premieres while the third was an American premiere. … Continue reading Month of Moderns 現代樂之月

Viva Tchaikovsky! 柴可夫斯基萬歲!

by Michael Caruso   On first glance, the Pennsylvania Ballet’s 2017-18 season looks as though the local troupe is offering performances of three ballets to music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The company opens October 12 in the Academy of Music with “The Sleeping Beauty,” then performs “The Nutcracker” at Christmastime, and presents “Swan Lake” in March. They form the “Big Three” of romantic ballet masterpieces. … Continue reading Viva Tchaikovsky! 柴可夫斯基萬歲!

Afternoon with the Tempesta di Mare 與海上風暴樂團共度午後

by Michael Caruso   The Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players paid Chestnut Hill a visit Sunday afternoon. Seven players from the entire Tempesta di Mare Baroque Orchestra joined forces for a program entitled “Sara and Her Sisters.” Performed in the main sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, the concert drew an enthusiastic audience of well over 200 local music lovers. 海上風暴室內樂團(Tempesta di Mare … Continue reading Afternoon with the Tempesta di Mare 與海上風暴樂團共度午後

Rossini’s ‘Tancredi’ 羅西尼《唐克雷迪》

by Michael Caruso   Opera Philadelphia opened its production of Giocchino Rossini’s “Tancredi” Friday evening, Feb. 10, in the Academy of Music. The performance was so well conceived and efficaciously presented that I, for one, find it hard to believe that mountings of this early opus are as rare as they are. 費城歌劇院(Opera Philadelphia)於二月十日週五晚間,在音樂學院首演羅西尼(Giocchino Rossini)歌劇《唐克雷迪》(Tancredi)。當天的表演精彩備受好評,令我不解羅西尼這齣早期作品為何上演的機會並不多。 Based on a libretto by Gaetano Rossi, which was based … Continue reading Rossini’s ‘Tancredi’ 羅西尼《唐克雷迪》

Stunning Berlioz 震撼白遼士

by Michael Caruso   Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts this weekend in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Two stunning works by Hector Berlioz braced Camille Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, performed by the brilliant young Canadian cellist, Stephane Tetreault. He gave the one-movement concerto a splendid reading, but it was Nezet-Seguin’s interpretation and the Philadelphians’ rendition of Berlioz’s “Symphonie … Continue reading Stunning Berlioz 震撼白遼士

Opera World’s Little Engine that Could 小而美的歌劇尖兵

by Michael Caruso   The Academy of Vocal Arts (“AVA”) opens its 2016-17 season with a host of performances this fall. First on the roster is AVA’s “New Artists” Recital Wednesday, Sept. 21, and Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in its own intimate Helen Corning Warden Theater at 1920 Spruce Street in Center City. Jose Menendez will accompany the singers new to America’s only … Continue reading Opera World’s Little Engine that Could 小而美的歌劇尖兵

Think Big 想像的空間

  by Deborah Kaplan   Emptiness.  Then, a series of spontaneous and then more casual decisions, as the form took shape and began to make itself. 如大虛空, 恆無起滅。然而,那思惟來時,卻像行雲流水一樣輕快,造型隨意的設計竟也就遂步呈現出來了。 There was never a moment from the beginning to the end of creating these pieces that I doubted they would come out in a way that seemed ‘right’ to me. Yet from the outset the only determined … Continue reading Think Big 想像的空間

Local Favorite 在地菁英

  by Michael Caruso   Curtis Institute of Music alumna Hilary Hahn returned to Philadelphia to join Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra for performances Dec. 3, 4 & 5 of Henri Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor. Although the work is far from a masterpiece, Hahn’s stunning rendition Saturday evening before a packed Verizon Hall made it sound as though it were … Continue reading Local Favorite 在地菁英

Russian Maestro 俄國大師風範

  by Michael Caruso   The Russian-born/London-based Maestro Vladimir Jurowski guest conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra Feb.11-14 in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. I caught the Sunday afternoon performance and came away convinced that it was one of the most memorable I’ve heard in my four decades of reviewing the ensemble. 生於俄羅斯、現定居倫敦的指揮家弗拉基米爾·尤洛夫斯基(Vladimir Jurowski),2 月 11 至 14 日在金默表演藝術中心(Kimmel Center)威訊音樂廳(Verizon Hall),客座指揮費城管弦樂團(Philadelphia Orchestra)演出。我聆賞了周日午後的演出,深覺這是過去四十載我聽過該樂團最令人難忘的表演之一。 Jurowski put together a splendidly … Continue reading Russian Maestro 俄國大師風範

Against the Grain 逆水而行

by Kim Maialetti Dolores Poacelli has been going against the grain her entire life.  As a child growing up in a strict Italian household in West Philadelphia, she had interests beyond her tiny block, that were foreign to her family and friends. 多洛瑞斯•柏亞契麗(Dolores Poacelli) 一輩子做人處世都有逆水而行的堅決。來自西費城保守的義大利裔家庭,從小就有的志趣不限於她狹窄的生長環境,遠遠地超越了她家人親友的想像範圍。 She liked to read. She enjoyed school. And she loved art. 愛看書,愛上學,愛藝術。 “Nobody liked those things,” said Poacelli, who celebrated … Continue reading Against the Grain 逆水而行