David Patrick Stearns

Arts 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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Creatively Speaking
4:29 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians "At Play" on their Asia Tour

The Philadelphia Orchestra's "Team Firebird" about to challenge the baseball team from the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s current 2014 tour of Asia and Japan has been rough and tumble enough with moldering halls in remote Chinese capitals and residency activities amid challenging acoustics and blistering heat. Is that what drives some of them to jump off the top of the 700-foot Macau Tower? The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports what orchestra members are going to some extremes to get a break from night after night of concerts.

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Creatively Speaking
12:57 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra "Pops Up" in Macau

The ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral, which dates from the late-15th century, was the site for a sweltering pop-up concert in Macau.

One of the better ideas of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s tour of China and Japan turned out to be one of the toughest concerts of all: a Saturday morning pop-up performance by a quartet of French horn players at the ancient ruins of St Paul's Cathedral in Macau. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns withstood the tropical heat right along with them.

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Creatively Speaking
8:30 am
Mon May 26, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra in China 2014: Week One

Yannick discovers a huge poster for the Orchestra's concert in Shanghai
Jan Regan

On its 2014 Residency of China & Tour of Asia, The Philadelphia Orchestra is going deeper into China than ever before, and not just to more remote cities. On the first week of the trip, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns followed the players into the “belly of the beast”- the People’s Liberation Army Band in Beijing, where orchestra members gave the master classes.

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Creatively Speaking
11:17 am
Mon May 19, 2014

An Opera About... Charlie Parker?

Charlie Parker was born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1920. He died in 1955 at the age of 34 in New York City.

Whenever Charlie Parker played a solo, you knew you'd feel good by the end. Opera Philadelphia is jumping off an even higher dive - an opera about the celebrated saxophonist, titled Charlie Parker's Yardbird that the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports will bring many unexpected things to the Perelman Theater at its 2015 premiere. 

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Creatively Speaking
7:26 am
Mon May 12, 2014

The Philadelphians and Yannick in Asia: Not Your Typical Tour

Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts is on the itinerary for The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2014 Asia Tour, as well as some very unusual venues.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is going deeper into China than ever before, into the Hunan province where modern arts centers have only existed for a few years, and out of Macao's air-conditioned casinos for outdoor performing amid the ruins of a cathedral. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns will be there every step of the way.

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Creatively Speaking
3:20 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

A First: The Philadelphians and Opera Philadelphia Present SALOME

In a historic collaboration, Opera Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Orchestra present SALOME on May 8 and 11.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has played unstaged concert versions of operas before...but never like this. The opera is Salome, with the famous "Dance of the Seven Veils." And how can singers stand still for that? The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports on how Verizon Hall is being turned into an opera house.

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Creatively Speaking
2:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Exploring PA's Historic Coal-Mining Culture...Through Song

Composer Julia Wolfe's ANTHRACITE FIELDS is a Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia commision.

The Mendelssohn Club Choir is mounting its biggest-ever production later this month with the premiere of Anthracite Fields by the cutting-edge composer Julia Wolfe, who is exploring the coal-mining culture in her Pennsylvania roots. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns met with her...inside a coal mine. 

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Creatively Speaking
9:56 am
Mon March 24, 2014

A Secret World: Song

Lyric Fest presents a fantastically varied program of American women poets in song on March 28 at Bryn Mawr College and March 30 at the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Lyric Fest, the concert series that's been giving high-concept song recitals for 10 years, is celebrating women poets on March 28th and 30th with concerts in Bryn Mawr and Center City titled "American Women Poets in Song" -  but with new music written by male composers. Maybe the female composers were too busy? The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns discovers that song recitals are a world with few rules.

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

The Rocky Road To Broadway

ROCKY, THE MUSICAL is now on Broadway at NYC's Winter Garden Theatre.

After six films made over 30 years, the mythical Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa has graduated to Broadway, with Rocky, the Musical. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns says the old underdog is perfectly recognizable on the Winter Garden Theatre stage. But much else has changed.

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Creatively Speaking
2:32 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

One Program, Three Performances. Same Experience?

Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Yannick Nezet-Seguin often talks about how much his Philadelphia Orchestra performances change and improve from day to day. But in what way? The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns experienced three performances of a recent program – in person at the Kimmel Center on Thursday, on Friday listening to a live WQXR radio broadcast from Carnegie Hall, and finally on WRTI’s live Sunday afternoon concert broadcast.

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