We hear a wonderful interview that had been lost (and miraculously found) between eminent jazz pianist-composer Stanley Cowell and acclaimed soprano Julianne Baird. Bob Perkins joins Jill in this very interesting conversation.
As the Philadelphia Orchestra prepares to release its latest CD, we speak with music director Christoph Eschenbach. Jason Peifer examines the role of the dramaturg in theater. Susan Lewis looks ahead to the Japanese Masters of the Brush, the latest exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Julia Fischer, young, beautiful, and from Munich, is playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra. During Saturday's performance I could not keep Yehudi Menuhin from mind. The program didn't mention him, so the next morning I looked up her website and discovered that in her teens she won two international Menuhin Competitions under the violinist's supervision. The Beethoven concerto was Menuhin's signature piece, and Ms. Fischer's interpretation, while every bit her own, conveys a radiance & purity that recalls the late artist.
The men in Lambarena, a dance inspired by music of the same name, leap like gazelles across the Serengeti Plain. But the venue is the Merriam Theater, and we're watching the Pennsylvania Ballet. The women dancing hold their heads so high on their long necks, swing their arms and hips so well you can tell these skinny beauties have worked with African advisers.
This week, a conversation with Rossen Milanov. The artistic director of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center has created an innovative program for the ensemble's summer season. Susan Lewis takes us to the LA Theatre Works' touring production of The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial. The radio play adapted for the stage come to Philadelphia this week. Jason Peifer visits Pennsylvania Ballet as they prepare to open their latest production, Modern Masters. We'll hear from the creators of Lambarena, a work combining classical ballet and West African dance.
In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, WRTI will feature recorded vignettes about various jazz musicians that can be heard throughout the month of April, 6:00PM to 6:00AM, daily.
In April of 2002, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History launched the first annual Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). Jazz Appreciation Month is celebrated by paying tribute to jazz music and its history through concerts, programs, museum collections, and by spotlighting the current jazz scene to encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz.