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


Creatively Speaking
4:10 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

English Violinist Tasmin Little's Love For Delius

Violinist Tasmin Little has the fingers to play anything and the career to play almost anywhere. Yet on her last trip to Philadelphia, the woman who is widely considered the finest British violinist of her generation made a special trip to play at the German Society of Philadelphia on Spring Garden Street, and did so for the sake of a composer whom she has championed most of her adult life - Frederick Delius. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns visited her at her London home and discovered that her love for Delius is a model for other quixotic causes in her life.

Creatively Speaking
2:58 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Yannick Nezet-Seguin Debuts at Saratoga

Marco Borggreve

The Philadelphia Orchestra's Music Director Designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin made his Saratoga Performing Arts Center debut this week in a trio of concerts that appear to insure, as much as anything can, the Orchestra’s continued presence there. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports from Upstate New York.

Creatively Speaking
11:05 am
Sat August 4, 2012

Conducter Herbert Blomstedt

At age 84, Herbert Blomstedt is one of the most experienced conductors currently on the international circuit. As The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns discovered, the older he gets, the deeper Blomstedt's personal and artistic convictions, and the less he cares if people share them.

Music Features
11:37 am
Sat July 28, 2012

Pianist Maria Joao Pires

This week, the acclaimed Portuguese pianist Maria Joao Pires announced that she would retire in 2014.  Earlier this year, after an absence of more than a dozen years from the United States, the demure but exquisite Pires returned to perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra. David Patrick Stearns has this appreciation.

Music Features
11:26 am
Sat July 14, 2012

Composer Kaija Saariaho in Profile

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. Read more about her work here.

Creatively Speaking
11:04 am
Sat July 7, 2012

Opera at the Jersey Shore

David Patrick Stearns reports on Opera New Jersey’s new summer season at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ. On July 29th: Verdi's Il Trovatore. On July 27th: Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore. Information here.

Creatively Speaking
11:32 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Classical Vocal Quartet New York Polyphony

Though the singers look like male fashion models, the early-music vocal quartet New York Polyphony can sound downright medieval, with music that has landed the group a recording contract with the Swedish label, BIS and concerts across the country.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns visited two of the four members in Manhattan after they finished singing a church service - their day jobs.

Creatively Speaking
1:09 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

A Profile of Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Clive Barda

David Patrick Stearns profiles acclaimed Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. As a composer, Salonen is quoted saying "Musical expression is bodily expression, there is no abstract cerebral expression in my opinion. It all comes out of the body." As a conductor he has simply stated that the primary reason he took up conducting was to ensure that someone would conduct his own compositions.  He is currently principal conductor and artistic advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, and conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Creatively Speaking
11:10 am
Sat June 16, 2012

Leopold Stokowski: The Man, The Music and The Myths

Leopold Stokowski (April 18, 1882 – September 13, 1977)

David Patrick Stearns considers the great conductor Leopold Stokowski - the man, the music, and the myths - as The Philadelphia Orchestra prepares for its 100-year celebration of their famed music director.

Listen to WRTI between June 16th and 22nd for special Stokowski programming!

Creatively Speaking
7:44 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Opera Company of Philadelphia's DARK SISTERS

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s production of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters. The company co-commission is among the most-talked about new opera works. Dark Sisters runs at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater from June 8th to 17th.