Susan Lewis considers the art of Jun Kaneko, whose costumes and sets are featured in Madama Butterfly, the Opera Company of Philadelphia's latest production. Kaneko's sculptures are on view in four different venues around the city.
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.
Jill interviews one of today's most talked-about young pianists, 22-year-old Yuja Wang. A 2008 Curtis graduate of Chinese origin, Ms. Wang was recently named Gramophone Magazine's Young Artist of the Year for 2009.
She'll perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Charles Dutoit on October 8th, 9th, and 10th at Verizon Hall. The following week, on October 13th, she'll make her orchestral debut with The Philadelphians at Carnegie Hall. At both venues she'll play Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16.
Philadelphia, PA – Meridee Duddleston takes a look at this question in the context of the controversial "Choose Life" license plates. The plates are the focus of a First Amendment lawsuit awaiting a decision in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Works by Victor Herbert (1859-1924) and George Whitefield Chadwick (1854-1931)
Two composers lose parents early on. One receives his musical education on another continent with the blessing of a supportive grandfather, and the other begins to eke out a living in music after his stepfather refuses to help. They soon become two of the most important and influential American musicians of their generation.
For listeners in Coatesville, West Chester, Thorndale, Downingtown, Kennett Square, and almost all of western Chester County, there's reason to celebrate. A new WRTI frequency is now up and running. It's WRTJ, and can be found at 89.3 on the FM dial.
Join Jill when she speaks with Dan Franklin Smith about his upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall. Presented by Elysium - Between Two Continents, the program focuses on musical and literary works written by artists under the Nazi regime, performed by Franklin Smith, Gregorij H. von Leitis, and Jeannie Im.
Join Jill Pasternak and her guests from the Academy of Vocal Arts for a sneak-peak into their 2009/2010 season of operatic performances. Guests include AVA Music Director and Maestro Christofer Macatsoris, AVA President Keven MacDowell, and Master Vocal Coach David Lofton. A surprise is also in store for WRTI listeners!
Highlights of the season include the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition in October, Verdi's Falstaff in November, An Evening of Russian Romances in December, and La Boheme in May.