Join Jill Pasternak for a conversation with the piano virtuoso Marc-Andre Hamelin. A startlingly original blend of virtuosity and power has earned this Canadian artist legendary status. Long known for his matchless exploration of unfamiliar piano terrain, Hamelin is now universally recognized for the depth and originality of his interpretations of Classical and Romantic repertoire. He'll appear at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater on January 13th at 8 pm, playing works by Liszt, Berg, and Deussy, and his own compositions.
Join Jill Pasternak when she speaks with German vocalist Max Raabe, leader of the 12-piece Palast Orchester. Raabe and his orchestra specialize in recreating the sound of German dance and film music of the 1920s and 1930s, especially by performing songs of the Comedian Harmonists. The ensemble has achieved international success for original arrangements of music from the Golden Age of film and dance, including works by Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, delivered with amusing nostalgia.
Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman, in technique and sensibility, harkens back to the Golden Age of violinists of the 19th and 20th centuries, while possessing the passion and energy of the 21st century.
The 1994 recipient of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award, Gluzman has been lauded by both critics and audiences as a performer of great depth, virtuosity, and technical brilliance, and has appeared throughout the world as a soloist, as well as in a duo setting with his wife, pianist Angela Yoffe.
A classic children's story, a 17th-century French comedy, and a fairy tale are just the starting points for three Philadelphia-area theatrical productions that reach out to audiences of multiple generations. WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at productions by the Arden Theatre Company, People's Light and Theatre, and the Lantern Theater Company.
Join Jill Pasternak when she chats with Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero. The Maestro leads his unrivaled Philly Pops orchestra blending classical, swing, Broadway, blues, and jazz - all performed with virtuosity, authenticity, and an inviting sense of humor The Washington Post has called him "the epitome of the Pops Conductor/Performer," while the Buffalo News, has said, "The best aspect of Nero's art could well be his crazy creativity. He has the gift of seeing a song as no one has seen it before."