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3:40 pm
Mon February 18, 2008

Volunteering at the Freda Medical Center in Kitale, Kenya

Windsor Johnston at the Sister Freda Medical Center

Volunteering at the Freda Medical Center in Kitale, Kenya

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Creatively Speaking
11:10 am
Sat February 16, 2008

Charles Dutoit--Chinese New Year in Philly--Chestnut Brass Company--Frida Kahlo

Charles Dutoit

Charles Dutoit tells Jim Cotter about the music he's programmed for his first season as chief conductor and artistic adviser of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jason Peifer explores celebrations of the Chinese New Year in Philadelphia's Chinatown.

As the Grammy winning quintet The Chestnut Brass Company celebrates its 30th anniversary, we speak with founding member Jay Krush.

Susan Lewis explores the life, labor and loves of Frida Kahlo. Kahlo-related exhibitions open in Delaware and Philadelphia this month.

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WRTI Spotlight
4:51 pm
Tue February 12, 2008

The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Honor WRTI

Temple University students at work in the WRTI studios, October 14, 1955. Photo courtesy of Temple Urban Archives.

WRTI was recently recognized for excellence in classical music and jazz broadcasting and for providing superior training to up-and-coming broadcasters for the past 60 years.

WRTI received an award from the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia on January 14, 2008, saluting the radio station for excellence in music programming, and for its accomplishments as a home for broadcasters wishing to learn the craft for the past 60 years.

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News and Views
3:37 pm
Tue February 12, 2008

WRTI's Windsor Johnston Visits The Common Ground Village of Kitale, Kenya

Windsor Johnston and Shana Greene Machinga

The Common Ground Village of Kitale

Philadelphia, PA –

WRTI News Director Windsor Johnston presents an in-depth look at life in a small village nestled in the outskirts of Kitale, Kenya. The village in western Kenya, run by the Common Ground Program (an NGO) provides a school for orphans and also houses a special bio-intensive gardening project where students learn natural methods of growing fruits, vegetables, and plants.

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Creatively Speaking
9:05 am
Sat February 9, 2008

Alan Gilbert--Beethoven's Opus 95--Opera Company of Philadelphia

Conductor Alan Gilbert

Jim Cotter speaks with Alan Gilbert, the Music Director-Designate of the New York Philharmonic.

Susan Lewis looks at the music and life of Beethoven, and in particular at Mahler's transcription of his Opus 95. Alan Gilbert will conduct The Curtis Institute of Music in performances of this work next week.

And we'll hear from composer David DiChiera. The Opera Company of Philadelphia presents the east coast premiere of his new work Cyrano this weekend.

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Crossover
11:24 am
Sat February 2, 2008

Les Tourterelles (The Turtledoves)

Jill Pasternak welcomes the vocal duo "Les Tourterelles" (The Turtledoves). Coco Soleil and Christina (Kiki) Gallagher met in 2002 at the French International School of Philadelphia and instantly were drawn to each other both musically and culturally. Together they create programs from the music of the Renaissance to the cabaret, as well as some of their own original material.

Creatively Speaking
12:11 pm
Wed January 30, 2008

InterAct Theatre Company -- Opera North

Poster for InterAct Theatre Company's production of Black Gold

Jason Peifer takes us to the InterAct Theatre Company as it stages Black Gold - a world premiere that takes a satirical look at America's dependence on foreign oil.

Susan Lewis looks at Opera North's upcoming concert version of Vanqui, an opera by award winning composer Leslie Burrs and writer John A. Williams. The multimedia presentation takes place on Saturday, February 9th, at the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theater, in West Philadelphia.

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Crossover
3:30 pm
Sat January 26, 2008

Paco Pena: Flamenco guitarist

Paco Pe?a

Jill Pasternak welcomes world famous flamenco guitarist Paco Pena. This dazzling virtuoso has been honored by Guitar magazine for the last five years consecutively as Best Flamenco Guitarist of the Year. He appears frequently in concert with his Dance Troupe and guitarists, The Losadas.

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Creatively Speaking
3:24 pm
Wed January 23, 2008

Antony Penrose- Pierre Boulez--The Academy of Music; and the Arden Theater's Wittenberg

Pierre Boulez

As The Philadelphia Museum of Art opens a retrospective of the iconic 20th century fine art photographer Lee Miller, Jim Cotter speaks with her son Antony Penrose.

David Patrick Stearns speaks with and profiles the legendary composer and conductor Pierre Boulez; Orchestra 2001 performs his Le Marteau Sans Maitre in concerts this weekend.

As preparations heighten for Philadelphia's annual Academy Ball, Susan Lewis takes a look at the "Grand Old Lady of Locust Street." 

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Creatively Speaking
11:31 am
Sat January 19, 2008

Settlement Music School -- Walnut Street Theater -- Reading Public Museum

Robert Capanna

Jim Cotter speaks with Settlement Music School Executive Director Robert Capanna. The school celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

Jason Peifer visits the Walnut Street Theater as it stages Arthur Miller's play, The Price. The show features renowned film actor Robert Prosky, a Philadelphia native.

Susan Lewis explores the Reading Public Museum, which over the course of its 100+ years has grown from a science collection into a multi-disciplinary museum with galleries for art and artifacts from all over the world.

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