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Of course, there are the usual blockbuster narratives this summer. Movie nights at the Mann find the Philadelphia Orchestra playing John Williams scores to Star Wars and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. An orchestral commission exploring race from composer Darin Atwater looks especially promising.

And a subplot woven between the big pieces is compelling. Women tell their story this classical summer in Philadelphia. There's a lot to say. The talent and hard work is everywhere and speaks for itself in the individualistic playing of pianist Simone Dinnerstein. 

Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy (Aug. 5-12, Academy of Vocal Arts). The faculty come to teach, but they also perform, and so this stretch of first-class pianists in the dog days of summer is a welcome new regular on the local piano scene. This year, the academy's sixth, brings recitals by Jerome Lowenthal, Simone Dinnerstein, and Charles Abramovic, as well as by program director Ching-Yun Hu. 

Inbal Segev (Aug. 12, Gretna Music). The Israeli cellist performs works of 21st-century women, including Missy Mazzoli, Augusta Reed Thomas, and Anna Clyne. The centerpiece of the program is Legend of Sigh, a multimedia work for cello and electronics written for Segev by Gity Razaz with video by filmmaker Carmen Kordas. The piece looks at birth, transformation, and death through an Azerbaijani folktale.   PHOTO: LISA-MARIE MAZZUCCO Camera icon  DARIO ACOSTA