David Patrick Stearns

Arts Desk Reporter

David Patrick Stearns is classical music critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer and arts reporter for WRTI's Creatively Speaking. He received his master's degree in musicology from New York University while working as music and theater critic for USA Today. He wrote the documentary film David Amram: The First 80 Years and is currently at work on two other documentaries. He is a frequent recording reviewer for the London-based magazine Gramophone. He is also a contributor to Opera News, The Guardian and Obit-Mag.com

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All over Broadway, on ads for the new musical Dear Evan Hansen , is the catchphrase "#you will be found." But it isn’t a warning; it’s a promise, an assurance to lost high-schoolers who feel unheard and unseen. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns talks with the show's TONY/EMMY-nominated songwriting duo Benj Pasek (an Ardmore native) and Justin Paul , best friends from their days at the University of Michigan.

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The music of that legendary Rat Pack trio Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. is being revived in Manayunk by a show biz collective known as The Summer Club . The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns finds out what’s shaking.

Philadelphia has a major new pianist in residence: Sara Davis Buechner, who was recently named faculty pianist at Temple University . The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns discovered in her a manifesto for artistic survival.

Orchestra 2001 didn't fade away when its founder and director James Freeman announced his departure two years ago after 26 years at its helm. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports that the Swarthmore College professor's replacement, Jayce Ogren , has — in the three months since his appointment — devised plans to make the contemporary music ensemble ubiquitous.

Piffaro, Philadelphia’s Renaissance band, is taking Don Quixote back to his 17th-century roots in a pair of concerts this weekend at the Episcopal Cathedral titled The Musical World of Don Quixote . What might those roots sound like? A lot like ours, says the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns.

Opera Philadelphia’s latest new opera Breaking the Waves turned into one of the company’s big successes. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns considers how this story of a Scottish woman whose marital devotion takes her to a sordid end could be something to sing about.

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Tours of Philadelphia usually are about distant history more than cutting-edge music. But the Double Decker Music Series puts the two together on summertime Sunday nights; it made The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns experience familiar sights anew.

The world is laughing at Florence Foster Jenkins once again in the new film of the same title. Meryl Streep plays the 1940s society matron who thought she was good enough to sing at Carnegie Hall, but was so sorely mistaken. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns, however, has stumbled onto the theory that Jenkins was laughing last.

Arriving in theaters this week, a new film starring Meryl Streep tells the story of Florence Foster Jenkins , the notoriously untalented singer and socialite who, in 1944, gave a historically dreadful public performance at New York's Carnegie Hall. Now, the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns attempts to understand the legend.

The famous BBC Proms concerts typically showcase the world's greatest classical artists in broadcasts from Royal Albert Hall. This summer, an entire concert was devoted to recently deceased rock start David Bowie . The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns asks if this makes sense.

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