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

Jim Cotter speaks with French-Canadian actor Yves Jacques. He stars in the East Coast premiere of Robert Lepage's latest one-man show, The Andersen Project.

Jason Peifer explores Philadelphia's Swedish origins with a visit to the American Swedish Historical Museum.

Susan Lewis explores the power of community-based public art in a newly completed Fairmount Park Art Association project in North Philadelphia.

Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia Singers Music Director David Hayes. His group is hosting the Chorus America Conference - the annual gathering of choirs and choral groups from around the country.

Susan Lewis takes us to the Penn Museum's exhibition about generations of Pennsylvanians who kept their Lenape identity secret for two centuries.

David Patrick Stearns previews the latest production from the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Baritone Nathan Gunn and tenor William Burden star in Benjamin Brittens' The Rape of Lucretia.

Jason Peifer visits the Nemours Mansion and Gardens in Wilmington, DE. The 300-acre estate was home to the industrialist and philanthropist Alfred I. duPont and recently completed a $39 million restoration.

As the National Constitution Center opens its new show on Napoleon, Susan Lewis explores the "French connection" between America and the Emperor of early 19th century France.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Isabelle Faust. The German violinist performs the Brahms Violin concerto in concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

David Patrick Stearns previews The Month of Moderns - a series of concerts by the chamber choir The Crossing.

Susan Lewis explores the Woodmere Art Museum's 69th Annual Juried Exhibition.

We have two reports from the Kensington section of Philadelphia:

Jason Peifer previews this weekend's Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby in Philadelphia. In conjunction with the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, the event highlights the growing arts scene in the Kensington neighborhood.

We remember Thomas Chimes who died this week at age 88. He was one of Philadelphia's most respected contemporary artists.

Jason Peifer delves into the history of tattoos and body art with a visit to a new exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum. Skin & Bones explores the beliefs, mysteries, and traditions of the tattoo in American maritime culture.

We listen again as Susan Lewis visits Cezanne and Beyond at The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Jim Cotter speaks with Rossen Milanov. He conducts both Camden's Symphony in C with Astral Artists, and The Philadelphia Orchestra in upcoming concerts at the Kimmel Center.

Jason Peifer visits the Arden Theatre as it opens Bruce Graham's Something Intangible, the Arden's 30th world-premiere play. We'll hear about the career of the Philadelphia playwright.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns previews The Audition, a documentary exploring how the Metropolitan Opera finds new talent. The film features AVA artists Angela Meade and Michael Fabiano.

Jason Peifer visits 'Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya' at the Penn Museum. The exhibition features 1,300-year-old pottery from the highlands of Guatemala.

Susan Lewis looks at 'Juxtapose,' a new program by Phila.'s contemporary dance company, Jeanne Ruddy Dance. It features a premiere by world-renowned choreographer Martha Clarke.

Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns explores the latest developments in the story of a Paul Hindemith piano concerto, and how the only copy of the piece came to be found in rural PA.

Jim Cotter speaks with Simon Shaheen. The Palestinian composer, and oud and violin virtuoso, performs at the Kimmel Center this weekend.

Susan Lewis looks at Philadelphia Dance Projects' upcoming series. Performances over three weekends will pair?local contemporary dancers with?dance artists from around the country.

Jason Peifer explores the legacy of Charles Darwin, as numerous Philadelphia organizations celebrate the "Year of Evolution." February marks Darwin's 200th Birthday.

Jim Cotter speaks with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. She performs Bruch's first violin concerto in performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Susan Lewis looks at AMERICA I AM: The African American Imprint, a new exhibition at the National Constitution Center that explores the myriad contributions African Americans have made to America.

Jason Peifer visits the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia as it premieres an adaptation of Chaim Potok's 1972 novel, My Name Is Asher Lev.

We speak with Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Davyd Booth about the orchestra's annual Glorious Sound of Christmas concerts.

Susan Lewis explores the science in Narnia, an exhibition at the Franklin Institute. The show is based on C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and movie adaptations.

Jason Peifer talks to the creator and performers of Cherry Bomb: The Worst Act in Vaudeville, from 1812 Productions. The new musical explores the history of the Cherry Sisters and their touring vaudeville act.