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David Patrick Stearns

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Music critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer ~ Opera critic for WQXR ~ Contributor to Gramophone, Opera News, and The Guardian ~ Graduate of New York University, master’s degree in musicology.

Piffaro the Philadelphia Renaissance band: A new sun rises again and again

Once the upstart child of the early-music counterculture, Piffaro the Philadelphia Renaissance Band is now downright venerable at age 40 as its founders are ceding...

John Williams’ Violin Concerto No. 2: Is he raging at The Force?

So it seems. Having faced Darth Vader, John Williams is now arguing, it seems, with something more tangible — and in ways that suggest...

At last! Live music, pure and uncompromised

The July 4th weekend came with an obviously heightened sense of independence from the COVID-era restrictions. With it came my first entry into a...

Hello, Toscanini. And Hello, Doris Day — Hiding out from 2021 in the 1950s,...

On many days lately, the last places I’ve wanted to be are 2020 and 2021. And living outside of the present is clearly optional....