Philadelphia’s classical groups experiment with new kinds of performances in fall 2020

Posted on: September 30, 2020

“There will be a classical fall season in Philadelphia this year. It will be smaller, no question,” writes Peter Dobrin in Sunday’s (9/27) Philadelphia Inquirer. “Most groups, faced with normal operations on hold, now have no choice but to try new ideas…. The Philadelphia Orchestra… is delivering the goods online…. Opening night is Sept. 30, when soprano Angel Blue sings Verdi, and Steve Martin, on banjo, continues his goofy relationship with the Philadelphians in the premiere of a new orchestration by tuba player Carol Jantsch of Martin’s Rare Bird Alert…. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.” Separately, “The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society … is planning 13 concerts this fall … at the American Philosophical Society or College of Physicians for an audience limited to 25, and will be streamed online…. On Oct. 11 clarinetist Anthony McGill … and pianist Gloria Chien perform a program that includes Brahms and the world premiere of one movement from Principal Brothers by James Lee III…. The Philly Pops Christmas Gift show will be offered once—and online only…. The concert [will be] … conducted by David Charles Abell.” Other groups in the article include Opera Philadelphia and the vocal ensemble The Crossing.