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.
This week, a conversation with Joyce El-Khoury. the first year Academy of Vocal Arts resident artist is the winner of this year's Giargiari & Son, Bel Canto Competition; As the second and final weekend of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours approaches, Susan Lewis talks to artists about making art -- and visits them in the spaces where they create it; Jason Peifer visits the touring company of Dublin's Gate Theatre. As part of their Samuel Beckett Centenary Festival, they're staging Waiting for Godot in Philadelphia.
This week, a conversation with JoAnn Falletta. Susan Lewis visits Look Again. We examine the fate of artists and arts organizations that'll lose their work spaces to accommodate the expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. We speak with architect Bernard Cywinski, the creator of the Liberty Bell Center.
Jill takes you on a walking tour through Winterthur's current exhibit, Fashion in Film, which runs through January 7th. She's accompanied by Winterthur Host/Curator Kathleen Keifer and Nancy Lawson, the American representative for the renowned British costume house Cosprop. The exhibit features original period costumes worn by some of Hollywood's most glamorous stars in film classics.
Jill has four special guests this week, the members of the Mississippi Guitar Quartet. Its members, including founder Giovanni DeChiaro, will be making their New York debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.
This week we speak with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and composer Clarice Assad. Salerno-Sonnenberg is the soloist for performances of Assad's violin concerto by the Philadelphia Orchestra; We look ahead to the 215 Festival: Philadelphia's unique celebration of writers and words; Jason Peifer previews a Palestinian/Jewish Israeli Theater Initiative that will be touring the region.
First published in 1989, The National Endowment for the Arts recently chose Amy Tan's first novel, The Joy Luck Club, as one of its "Big Reads" for 2007. Meridee Duddleston had a chance to speak with the author whose first and subsequent works resonate with readers in the United States and around the world.
Choral master Robert DeCormier visits with Jill this week. Admired for the level of excellence he established in his 17 years as Music Director of the New York Choral Society, Mr. DeCormier continues that tradition with two recent releases, Yiddish Songs from the Shtetl to the Resistance, and the Argentinian mass, Misa Criolla, performed by his Vermont-based ensemble, Counterpoint.
This week, we look ahead to the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's season opening celebration of the Shostakovich centenary and speak with Music Director Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Susan Lewis takes us through Treasures: The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820 the latest exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Jason Peifer visits the Arden Theatre Company as they open their season with an adaptation of the John Irving novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany.