This week, a conversation with Helene Grimaud; Jason Peifer examines the health of theater in the Philadelphia Region; Albert Stumm looks at changes in arts education in Public Schools; In our regular look inside the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis explores Fireman's Hall.
A fascinating Crossover this week, as Jill's guest is the voice behind the faces of some of Hollywood's most important musical stars. Marni Nixon has "ghost-sung" for Deborah Kerr in The King and I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady to name a few. She has just written an autobiography that is spellbinding and Jill speaks with her about her life in music and films.
Efforts are now underway to keep Thomas Eakins' iconic painting The Gross Clinic in Philadelphia. We speak with those leading the charge; Jason Peifer explores The Tales of Hoffmann from Temple University Opera Theater. The production is based on the newest edition of the 19th century opera, which incorporates 24 previously undiscovered pages from Composer Jacques Offenbach's original score; and, Susan Lewis looks at a new film-making contest. Project 21 gives competitors just 21 days to create a complete new work-but with a twist.
This week, a conversation with the actor Ed Harris. He's the star of a new Copying Beethoven, a fictional retelling of the great composer's last years. Susan Lewis looks at how non-profits are reinventing commercial movie houses as neighborhood cinemas for art films and documentaries. We look at one man's collection of films and his efforts to share these celluloid treasures with the viewing public, many of which without him, would have vanished. Jason Peifer provides a glimpse into the Pig Iron Theater Company's process of developing new work.
This Veterans Day, Jill speaks with Steve Frank, Vice President of Education and Exhibits at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. They'll take you on a walking tour of the profoundly moving 9/11: A Nation Remembers, the current exhibit on view until January 1st.
This week, a conversation with Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Director Jane Golden. A new book documenting the programs recent successes has just been published; Jason Peifer looks at the role of theater set designers; Susan Lewis examines how we define fine art photography; and in our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com we visit the Historic Fallsington.
We celebrate National French Week in Philadelphia this week on Crossover. Jill Pasternak's guests are Emmanuelle Delpech-Ramey and James Sugg, who are in Delpech-Ramey's Madame Douce-Amere at the Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3; Dr. Lynn Miller, author of French Philadelphia; and Les Tourterelles, French songstresses Christiana Gallagher and Coco Soleil.
This week, a conversation with film-maker Jeanette Lerman. Her documentary The Upside of Memory opens this year's Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival; Susan Lewis looks ahead to the opening of the Opera Company of Philadelphia's season; and Jason Peifer visits the InterAct Theatre Company as they stage Kiss of the Spider Woman.
This week, Otto Werner Mueller at 80. Ahead of birthday celebrations at the Kimmel Center on Sunday, we speak with the veteran conductor and educator about his life in music; Jason Peifer looks ahead to this year's Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre; the expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be the state's largest capital project ever. We look at the fate of artists and arts organizations that'll lose their work spaces to accommodate the $632m project; Susan Lewis sits in on an unusual music master-class.
This week's Crossover is a Jazz-Classical double header. Jill Pasternak welcomes Eric Mintel, jazz pianist and composer, and violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn. Both are Philadelphia-born artists and have carved successful careers in their respective genres.