Beijing, China (WRTI) – The Philadelphia Orchestra gave its final concert in Beijing on Wednesday evening. The program featured Stravinsky's Firebird and the Rite of Spring, a work Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit says changed musical history.
Harold Klein reminisces about getting to see China long before most westerners, and Hai-Ye Ni says she's looking forward to showing her orchestra colleagues around her home city of Shanghai.
Beijing, China (WRTI) – The Philadelphia Orchestra gave its first concert in the Chinese capital Tuesday evening. The program featured the Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture, Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, La Valse by Ravel and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist Arabella Steinbacher. Bass Trombone Blair Bollinger, who gave a master class at the Beijing Central Conservatory, says language is not a barrier when teaching students who are not native English speakers.
Beijing, China (WRTI) – Prior to its first Beijing concert, Philadelphia Orchestra musicians spent the day sight-seeing and helping promote Philadelphia as a tourist destination. The National Center for the Performing Arts paid tribute to Charles Dutoit who has been bringing orchestras to China since the 1970s.
Beijing, China (WRTI) – Concertmaster David Kim tells Susan Lewis about the experience of playing in cities never previously visited by the orchestra. Cellist John Koen talks about the delights of re-exploring Beijing, a city he calls 'ever-changing'.
Join WRTI's Susan Lewis for a series of special reports from the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2010 Tour of Asia. We'll join the Orchestra in China - on the last week of their journey.
Listen to Susan's reports as she travels with the "Fabulous Philadelphians" in Shanghai and Beijing. We'll listen in on performances, look behind-the-scenes, and experience China through the eyes and ears of the musicians and Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit.
Join Jill Pasternak when she interviews the Grammy award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Celebrating their 27th year, LAGQ continues to set the standard for expression and virtuosity among guitar ensembles, while perennially redefining themselves in their musical explorations. With over a dozen recordings, they have established themselves as masters of the classics, as well as the creators of a unique syntheses of world-music and contemporary styles.
David Patrick Stearns reports from Korea on the first week of the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2010 Asia tour.
On May 1st and 2nd, 2010, the Leah Stein Dance Company performs Mill Tones, a site-specific work at Historic Rittenhouse Town, the National Historic Landmark in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. Jim Cotter speaks with Leah Stein.
Susan Lewis explores an exhibition at the National Constitution Center that highlights the influence of Ancient Rome on American culture.
Making Sense of Scents: Exploring the Art and Passion of Fragrance at Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia, PA – For centuries, people have sought to capture pleasurable scents - many, of which, can be found in gardens. On this week's News and Views, Susan Lewis looks at the history, science, and art of fragrance - the focus of an exhibition now at Longwood Gardens until November 21, 2010.