By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic POSTED: February 26, 2014 The maverick mystic Arvo Pärt occupies an increasingly unassailable but strangely hermetic place in the classical music world. Though the relative simplicity of Pärt’s Salve Regina and Adam’s Lament might seem to go with anything, the Mendelssohn Club basically gave two different concerts Sunday […]

By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic Posted: October 29, 2013 Within the first few minutes of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia’s 140th anniversary concert with the Kimmel Center organ, you wondered why the two aren’t married with children. The two entities seem made for each other. The chorus’ robust sound matches that of the […]

By David Patrick Stearns Inquirer Classical Music Critic As much as holiday audiences crave the soothing loveliness of Christmas music, sustaining entire programs of it is tough because the music’s starting point is where most pieces end: Complete resolution of tension. It’s the only sensible way to characterize the birth of Christ. And where do […]