Philadelphia, PA – Last January, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the island nation of Haiti, killing 300,000 people, leaving 1.5 million homeless, and destroying the nation's already deteriorating infrastructure. WRTI's Windsor Johnston takes a look at how the country is faring six months later.
Jill's guest this week is flutist Robert Stallman. His new CD, The Nightingale in Love, features works for solo flute and ensemble from the late French Baroque era, and was recently released on the Bogner's Cafe label.
Mr. Stallman's unique sound has repeatedly captured the attention of music lovers, ever since his mentor, Jean-Pierre Rampal, judged him early on to be "one of the most gifted musicians I have ever encountered."
As BalletX turns 5 years old, Susan Lewis considers the contemporary ballet company and its summer program.
We listen back to Jim Cotter's recent interview with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the music director designate of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
As part of a companion series to his latest book Wicked Philadelphia, Tom Keels uncovers a notorious 19th-century, grave-robbing scandal that reached from the city's poorest to the highest ranks of its medical elite.
The eminent Australian maestro - born in Schenectady, New York - was known as an authority on the operas of Leos Janacek, and was associated with many of Britain's most prominent opera houses and orchestras. He died of cancer in London on July 14th.
WRTI's Jim Cotter met the maverick conductor once in Edinburgh, and describes him as "utterly charming, witty, and self-deprecating."
Since the early '60s, New Yorkers Dorothy and Herb Vogel have acquired a massive collection of contemporary art, using his income as a postal worker, while living on her income as a librarian. The couple has now given away 2,500 works - 50 works to a museum in each state. WRTI's Susan Lewis talks to the Vogels, and considers their gift to the nation.