The Pennsylvania Philharmonic may be the ultimate anomaly: an orchestra that's being born rather than fearing its death. The idea is that if the outlying Pennsylvania towns can't support an orchestra on its own, maybe four or five or six can do so between them - and afford the star pianist Simone Dinnerstein. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports from Pottstown.
One of the better ideas of The Philadelphia Orchestraâ€™s tour of China and Japan turned out to be one of the toughest concerts of all: a SaturdayÂ morning pop-up performance by a quartet of French horn players at the ancient ruins of St Paul's Cathedral in Macau. The Philadelphia Inquirerâ€™s David Patrick Stearns withstood the tropical heat right along with them.
David Lindsay-Abaire would seem to have a case of multiple creative personalities. The Pulitzer-winning playwright wrote the book and lyrics to Shrek the Musical and worked on the screenplay to The Great and Powerful Oz.Â
Heâ€™s now represented by a hugely different theatrical work at the Walnut Street Theatre, a play titled Good People about hard-scrabble life and class struggle in South Boston, or â€śSouthie.â€ť The Philadelphia Inquirerâ€™s David Patrick Stearns spoke to the playwright in his Brooklyn home and discovered that Good People is the real him.