David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Classical Music Critic Posted: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 3:01 AM From the opening chorus of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, audiences at the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia performance at Girard College on Sunday will be hearing something a bit alien. Instead of a children’s chorus sailing over the top of the grand […]

DAVID PATRICK STEARNS, INQUIRER CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC POSTED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 1:08 AM Any great piece of music should be an enveloping alternative universe. And the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia went to grand lengths to make sure that happened at the Saturday premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, a major piece that doesn’t require the elaborate production […]

By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic, POSTED: March 28, 2014 ‘What have the outsiders brought with them?” asks a severe town elder in Lars von Trier’s 1996 film Breaking the Waves. Reply: “Their music!” In Philadelphia, you could have answered that question the same way for years, with new composers visiting, living, and working […]