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Monday, November 27, 2023

Music of the Earth (Curtis Ensemble 20/21): A place in the natural world by Michael Fisher

Music’s relationship to the natural world is an unsteady one. On one hand, it seems contradictory to celebrate nature using artificial instruments that are, after… The post Music of the…

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

Spectacular Strauss (Curtis Symphony Orchestra): Germanic overtures by Michael Fisher

Is it possible for a composer to be too German? Sure, the deeply problematic Wagner has long cornered the market on gratuitous Teutonic mythmaking, but it’s his… The post Spectacular …

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Sunday, September 24, 2023

10 Days in a Madhouse (Opera Philly): This is not a time for quiet art by Michael Fisher

Director Joanna Settle wants you to know that 10 Days in a Madhouse is not just an opera. It is an “announcement … almost a… The post 10 Days in a Madhouse (Opera Philly): This is not…

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Saturday, July 8, 2023

blue: season, by Chris Lombardi by Michael Fisher

Philly novelist Chris Lombardi tackles the legacy of James Joyce—and perhaps all creative, eccentric people who have the benefit of being men—in this intricate novel, casting new eyes on…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:47PM
Monday, May 1, 2023

La Bohème (Opera Philadelphia): Time’s arrow by Michael Fisher

Of Yuval Sharon’s reverse-chronology retelling of Puccini’s La Bohème, the Wall Street Journal says, “It’s not just a gimmick—it works.” Of course, if you have… The post La B…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Perry, Schumann, and Mahler (Curtis Symphony Orchestra): Season-closing performance by Michael Fisher

Kurt Vonnegut once wrote that there are two types of writers. And because he’s Kurt Vonnegut, he gave them both silly names. First you’ve got… The post Perry, Schumann, and Mahler (Cu…

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Monday, January 23, 2023

FARRENC AND BRAHMS (Philadelphia Orchestra) Soloist Seong-Jin Cho dominates a night of high drama by Michael Fisher

It was just minutes into the performance, but the crowd at Verizon Hall was already overcome. The post FARRENC AND BRAHMS (Philadelphia Orchestra) Soloist Seong-Jin Cho dominates a night of …

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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Tár (dir. Todd Field): Film review by Michael Fisher

On the day I finally got around to watching Tár, Alpha Classics released a new collection of chamber music performed by virtuoso violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaya… The post Tár (dir.…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards