David Patrick Stearns profiles Meagan Miller. The West Chester soprano is a rising star in the world opera. Susan Lewis profiles Hedgerow Theatre in Media Pennsylvania, which has been forging its own unique artistic path since 1923. And Jim Cotter speaks with Francine Black and her daughter Tamara Black, founders and directors of Berks Opera Workshop.
Ignaz Pleyel had three strikes against him during the French Revolution. He was rich, he was a foreigner, and he worked for the Church. He was exactly the type of person for whom the Reign of Terror sharpened its guillotines. Even worse: he was an artist. Different despots use different tactics, but artists are usually among their first targets.
Comprised of four violin concertos written by Vivaldi in 1723, The Four Seasons is probably the Baroque composer's best-known work.
Each of the four concerti is based on a sonnet - supposedly written by Vivaldi himself. Each sonnet is divided into three sections (fast, slow, fast), which correspond with the three movements in each concerto.
Read the "Summer" sonnet and listen to each part of The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer)
Jill Pasternak interviews iconic film composer Michel Legrand. He has over 200 film scores to his credit, including the soundtrack for The Thomas Crown Affair featuring the standard, "The Windmills of Your Mind."
She was married to a baron, flew airplanes and fought for the French Resistance in North Africa. She smoked cigarettes from a holder, drove a Rolls-Royce and sipped Chivas from a silver flask. And, for the last three decades of her life, she dedicated herself to helping jazz musicians. Known as "The Jazz Baroness," she was a patron to the likes of Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey; Charlie Parker died in her hotel room. Now, a new biography called Nica's Dream tells the story of Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter.--from NPR