Susan Lewis http://wrti.org en David Kim on Tchaikovsky http://wrti.org/post/david-kim-tchaikovsky <p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:12:09 +0000 Susan Lewis 7491 at http://wrti.org David Kim on Tchaikovsky How a Russian-Born Philadelphian Helped Give New Life to a Song Van Cliburn Loved http://wrti.org/post/how-russian-born-philadelphian-helped-give-new-life-song-van-cliburn-loved <p></p><p>When American pianist Van Cliburn died in 2013, funeral organizers in Texas couldn’t locate an obscure piece of music he’d requested for the service. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, thanks to a Philadelphia connection, the Russian folk song was found, and is now enjoying new life in America.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Here are several ensembles presenting the Russian folk song performed at Van Cliburn's funeral service.</p><p><strong>The Voronezh State Folk Choir (Russian)</strong></p><p>http://youtu.be/V5tUQimjTq0</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Susan Lewis 7490 at http://wrti.org How a Russian-Born Philadelphian Helped Give New Life to a Song Van Cliburn Loved The Strauss Oboe Concerto and Its Philadelphia Connection http://wrti.org/post/strauss-oboe-concerto-and-its-philadelphia-connection <p></p><p>This Sunday’s re-broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert, on July 20th at 1 pm, features a celebrated oboe concerto by Richard Strauss. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the 1945 work has a Philadelphia connection.</p><p>The concert features Mahler's 4th Symphony, Britten's Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, and the Strauss Oboe Concerto with soloist Richard Woodhams.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:38:33 +0000 Susan Lewis 6652 at http://wrti.org The Strauss Oboe Concerto and Its Philadelphia Connection Jazz in a Historic Philadelphia Neighborhood: Sol Unlimited Summer Concert Series http://wrti.org/post/jazz-historic-philadelphia-neighborhood-sol-unlimited-summer-concert-series <p></p><p>A summer jazz series is once again showcasing music in a historic Philadelphia neighborhood. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it’s the second season for the concerts, presented by Sol Unlimited Jazz and Arts.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:36:16 +0000 Susan Lewis 7476 at http://wrti.org Jazz in a Historic Philadelphia Neighborhood: Sol Unlimited Summer Concert Series The American Pianist Who Rocked Russia for Decades http://wrti.org/post/american-pianist-who-rocked-russia-decades <p></p><p>Saturday, July 12, 2014 would have been the 80th birthday of celebrated American pianist <strong>Van Cliburn,&nbsp; </strong>who died in 2013. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, his 1958 win in the Soviet Union’s first International Tchaikovsky Competition was a welcome sign of warmth in the midst of Cold War tensions.</p><p>http://youtu.be/d4Z1e6HWV3Y</p><p>Watch Van Cliburn play Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.3 in 1958 in Moscow:</p><p>http://youtu.be/apNTq-Tgf4w</p><p>Video of Van Cliburn playing the first movement from Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in Moscow in 1962:</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:24:24 +0000 Susan Lewis 7464 at http://wrti.org The American Pianist Who Rocked Russia for Decades Revisiting Beethoven's Symphonies with Yannick Nezet-Seguin http://wrti.org/post/revisiting-beethovens-symphonies-yannick-nezet-seguin <p></p><p>The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing a two-year cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, although known to generations of music lovers, these great works continue to provide insights into Western musical heritage.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Susan Lewis 6638 at http://wrti.org Revisiting Beethoven's Symphonies with Yannick Nezet-Seguin Losing His Head in the Opera, Salome: Bass-Baritone Alan Held http://wrti.org/post/losing-his-head-opera-salome-bass-baritone-alan-held <p></p><p>It was a Bible story, and then a French play by Oscar Wilde. Then it was translated into German, before Strauss turned it into his opera, <strong><em>Salome.</em></strong> As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a production from May, 2014 continued the evolution of this complex and compelling work of art.</p><p>On Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 1 pm on WRTI, listen to a recorded broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia performing Richard Strauss' <em>Salome.</em></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:35:46 +0000 Susan Lewis 7436 at http://wrti.org Losing His Head in the Opera, Salome: Bass-Baritone Alan Held Soprano Camilla Nylund: Singing SALOME Throughout The World http://wrti.org/post/soprano-camilla-nylund-singing-salome-throughout-world <p></p><p>Oscar Wilde’s late 19th-century play, retelling the biblical story of Salome, became the basis for Richard Strauss' one-act opera <strong><em>SALOME </em></strong>that premiered in Dresden in 1905. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the opera continues to shock and dazzle, nearly a century later.</p><p>On Sunday, July 6 at 1 pm, WRTI broadcasts The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia in a joint production of <em>Salome</em>, with Camilla Nylund in the title role.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:38:16 +0000 Susan Lewis 7438 at http://wrti.org Soprano Camilla Nylund: Singing SALOME Throughout The World Frank Gehry's Plan for the Transformation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Iconic Building http://wrti.org/post/frank-gehrys-plan-transformation-philadelphia-museum-arts-iconic-building <p></p><p>After more than a decade of planning, <strong>The Philadelphia Museum of Art</strong> is unveiling a blueprint for a major, multi-phase renovation and expansion designed by renowned architect <strong>Frank Gehry</strong>. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the transformation of the iconic structure will be nearly invisible from the outside.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:54:45 +0000 Susan Lewis 7424 at http://wrti.org Frank Gehry's Plan for the Transformation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Iconic Building Renaissance Man, Pianist Stephen Hough, Explores "The Night" in His New CD http://wrti.org/post/renaissance-man-pianist-stephen-hough-explores-night-his-new-cd <p></p><p>Once named by <em>The</em> <em>Economist</em> magazine as one&nbsp; of the world’s 20 living polymaths, pianist <a href="http://www.stephenhough.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Stephen Hough</strong></a> pursues a variety of&nbsp; interests, from music to poetry to painting. In 2001 he became the first classical music performer to win the prestigious MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Fellowship.&nbsp; WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on this versatile artist, and his most recent CD.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:12:29 +0000 Susan Lewis 7423 at http://wrti.org Renaissance Man, Pianist Stephen Hough, Explores "The Night" in His New CD