Classical Music Fans: Enjoy a Weekend with All-American Composers and Patriotic Music You'll hear works by Copland, Gershwin, Sousa, and others, plus patriotic music honoring America's service men and women.
We'll honor the memory of opera legend Beverly Sills on her birthday - Monday, May 25th. The famous soprano would have turned 80.
Jazz Lovers: Tune in for a Great Singers and Big Swingers Weekend Get set for your favorite classic and contemporary big bands and vocalists.
David Patrick Stearns previews The Month of Moderns - a series of concerts by the chamber choir The Crossing.
Susan Lewis explores the Woodmere Art Museum's 69th Annual Juried Exhibition.
We have two reports from the Kensington section of Philadelphia:
Jason Peifer previews this weekend's Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby in Philadelphia. In conjunction with the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, the event highlights the growing arts scene in the Kensington neighborhood.
The virtuosi of Canadian Brass have made the brass quintet an exciting vehicle for serious concert music. The quintet has a long history of recording classical repertoire. They have a special affinity for Baroque music, which requires the musical structure that has become the Canadian Brass' trademark.
Their more than 60 recordings include works by Purcell, Vivaldi, Gabrieli, Pachelbel, Beethoven and Wagner ? all in meticulously crafted transcriptions that are setting new musical traditions in brass performance. They are especially drawn to the works of J.S. Bach.
Virtuoso concert violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn is Jill's guest this week. She performs in partnership with one of the world's most legendary instruments, the Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius of 1720, which inspired the Academy award-winning film The Red Violin. She gave the Southern California premiere of The Red Violin Chaconne in 2000. Pitcairn has cultivated a world-renowned reputation for the soulful music that she creates with her famous violin.
As composer Kile Smith's Vespers is released on CD, we listen back to David Patrick Stearns report on the recording of the work last summer by Piffaro, the Renaissance wind band, and the virtuoso vocal group The Crossing. A CD-release party is scheduled for Saturday night, May 9th, at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church after a Piffaro concert.
Jason Peifer visits Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. The exhibition features 1,300-year-old-pottery from the highlands of Guatemala.
Sunday, May 10 3 to 6 pm Academy of Vocal Arts Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Conductor Christofer Macatsoris AVA Opera Orchestra
Donizetti's famous and celebrated work, Lucia di Lammermoor is set in 17th century Scotland, and is based on Sir Walter Scott's novel, The Bride of Lammermoor. The opera features a famous "tour-de-force" mad scene for the soprano.
Two-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre is one the hottest young Latin bands today. Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs and dance venues, the members of the Miami-based band are true modern heirs to the rich tradition of the music of their native Cuba.
Susan Lewis considers the variety in ballet today, as Pennsylvania Ballet prepares to open a new program headlined by a work titled Tango with Style.
Jason Peifer visits the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster County. The "living history" village and farm collects, preserves, and interprets the culture of the Pennsylvania German rural community from 1740 to 1940.
We listen again to Jim Cotter's interview with LA Times writer Steve Lopez. The movie adaptation of his best-selling book The Soloist has been released to critical and popular acclaim.