Join us on Sunday, April 26th at 8 pm for a toast to the late Dr. Harrison Ridley, Jr., who passed away in February. During The Historical Approach to the Positive Music, Jeff Duperon will be your host for a dual tribute: our tribute to Harrison with highlights from the archives of his show, and a tribute to one of Harrison's favorite musicians, Duke Ellington.
Jim Cotter speaks with legendary playwright Edward Albee. The Philadelphia Theater Company is presenting his At Home at The Zoo.
Jason Peifer visits the Pearl S. Buck House in Bucks County. An exhibition that includes the long-lost manuscript of Buck's famous novel The Good Earth has opened at the National Historic Landmark home.
Susan Lewis visits the Sketch Club and the Plastic Club on Philadelphia's historic Camac Street, also known as the "Avenue of the Artists."
Join WRTI's Bob Perkins on Sunday, March 29th at 1 pm as he takes an in-depth look at the interesting musical life of pianist and composer Ray Bryant. A Philly native, Bryant began his climb to stardom right here in 1951 playing at some of the most happening jazz clubs at that time with greats such as Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Miles was so impressed with the young pianist that, in 1955, he asked him to record with him in New York City along with other jazz legends.
The Loathly Lady, an original comic work conceived at the cusp between opera and musical theater, will debut at Penn's Irvine Auditorium on April 1st. Join Jill Pasternak when she interviews librettist Wendy Steiner, and composer Paul Richards.The Loathly Lady is based on Geoffrey Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Tale (c. 1400), in which a cruel knight must discover what women want most.
Edward Albee has added a first act to his most famous one-act play, the 1959 The Zoo Story. It tells what happens before Peter meets Jerry on that park bench. Before all hell breaks loose. The author calls his new version: At Home at the Zoo. The Philadelphia Theater Company's production at the Suzanne Roberts Theater is well done and ultimately moving but At Home at The Zoo isn't as powerful as The Zoo Story on its own.
Jim Cotter speaks with harpsichordist and Temple University music professor Joyce Lindorff. A celebration of early keyboard music she's helped organize culminates with a concert featuring music from 18th-century Philadelphia this weekend.
Susan Lewis looks at the Woodmere Art Museum's Contemporary Voices: The 69th Annual Juried Exhibition in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.
Tom Keels explores the cooperation between Germantown's historic sites and the local school district that has made thousands of students into "History Hunters."
Valentin Radu leads Vox Ama Deus, featuring Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart and Beethoven. They have an exciting series of concerts coming up in March, April, and May.