Michael Hersch http://wrti.org en Images from a Closed Ward http://wrti.org/post/images-closed-ward <p>We remember the living and the dying on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, April 26th at 9 pm</strong> at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. The music of Michael Hersch is always strong, always dark, and always provocative, but its true power lies in its vibrancy, always reaching out to us. <em>Images from a Closed Ward</em> refers to drawings by Michael Mazur of psychiatric patients. The lithographs and the music are tough but compelling; the sadness is deep, but the humanity, sublime. The Blair String Quartet plays this riveting 13-movement work.<br /><br />A separate string orchestra piece that is also part of her second symphony, <em>Ghosts</em> of Judith Lang Zaimont salutes the composers Scriabin, Britten, Ravel, Berg, Christopher Rouse, and Laurie Anderson. But—and this is important—it is by no means a pastiche of other styles. <em>Ghosts</em> is a thoroughly integrated work of imagination and depth.<br /> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:08:37 +0000 Kile Smith 7237 at http://wrti.org Images from a Closed Ward A New Opera Takes Novel Approach http://wrti.org/post/new-opera-takes-novel-approach <p></p><p>Philadelphia has produced its share of opera singers. But what about operas themselves? Conservatives might say we have quite enough of them already. Nonetheless, there are currently six operas in the making in our region - one, each, by Jennifer Higdon, Missy Mazzoli, and Melissa Dunphy, and two from Andrea Clearfield. But the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns tracked down the one who crossed the finish line first - Havertown-based Michael Hersch - only to ask, is this really opera?</p><p>Michael Hersch's opera, <em>On the Threshold of Winter,</em> premieres next summer in New York by the Nunc new music ensemble.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 01:39:07 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 6241 at http://wrti.org A New Opera Takes Novel Approach Composer Michael Hersch http://wrti.org/post/composer-michael-hersch <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d75f574eb3b-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d75f574eb3b-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d75f574eb3b-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1001422.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:43:00 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 2990 at http://wrti.org The Art of Jun Kaneko--Composer Michael Hersch--EVERYTHING BUT THE COFFEE Author Bryant Simon http://wrti.org/post/art-jun-kaneko-composer-michael-hersch-everything-coffee-author-bryant-simon <p>Susan Lewis considers the art of Jun Kaneko, whose costumes and sets are featured in <i>Madama Butterfly</i>, the Opera Company of Philadelphia's latest production. Kaneko's sculptures are on view in four different venues around the city.</p> <p>David Patrick Stearns speaks with Michael Hersch. The Philadelphia-based composer has a world-premiere performance of an evening-length work for French horn and cello coming up, and a CD of his cello sonatas being released soon.</p> <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Temple University professor Bryant Simon. His new book examines the socio-economic impact of Starbucks, and what the global caf? chain says about community, status, and personal identity in contemporary America.</p> Wed, 07 Oct 2009 13:08:00 +0000 Susan Lewis, David Patrick Stearns & Jim Cotter 2220 at http://wrti.org The Art of Jun Kaneko--Composer Michael Hersch--EVERYTHING BUT THE COFFEE Author Bryant Simon Vera Wilson, Astral Art Services-- The Vanishing Pavillions--The Mendelssohn Club http://wrti.org/post/vera-wilson-astral-art-services-vanishing-pavillions-mendelssohn-club <p>Vera Wilson, Founder and President of Astral Artistic Services. For 15 years she has provided career services to promising young classical musicians. </p> <p>A profile of Michael Hersch. The Haverford-based pianist and composer's <i>The Vanishing Pavillions</i> has just been released on CD. </p> <p>Also, a look at the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, one of the country's oldest choruses.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2007 19:21:00 +0000 Jim Cotter, David Patrick Stearns & Susan Lewis 1895 at http://wrti.org Vera Wilson, Astral Art Services-- The Vanishing Pavillions--The Mendelssohn Club