David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to an internationally simulcast Philadelphia Orchestra concert featuring the superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang.
Susan Lewis looks at here., a new exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts exploring the sense of place in the work of artists from?six different U.S. regions.
Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia contemporary artist Tristin Lowe. His Under the Influence, an installation comprised of two interconnected works, goes on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on October 22nd.
Superstar Hungarian pianist and composer of the 19th century, Franz Liszt (October 22, 1811 - July 31, 1886) was an enormous figure in the history of Western music, revolutionizing people's ideas about what was possible on the piano. The German poet Heinrich Heine coined the term "Lisztomania" to describe the intense frenzy of Liszt's fans during a performance. Yes, he was a precursor to the modern-day rock star! Take a listen to an interesting story from NPR about Liszt's impact on the classical music world - 200 years after his birth!
This broadcast includes Liszt's Mephisto Waltz and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, which will dazzle you with a combination of sheer power and lyrical virtuosity. You'll also hear Ricardo Lorenz's Canciones de Jara for viola and orchestra, with viola soloist Roberto Diaz.
The Gramophone Awards are a huge deal within classical music. Watch videos and read an article about all of the contenders. A few of the winners: Montenegran guitarist Milos Karadaglic, and the omnipresent Gustavo Dudamel.--from NPR Classical
Susan Lewis profiles Tempesta Di Mare. The Philadelphia-based Baroque orchestra is celebrating its 10th anniversary with concerts featuring fanfares, suites, and a birthday symphony.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns examines the relationship between star tenor Stephen Costello and his coach Bill Schuman, an Academy of Vocal Arts faculty member who is considered to be one of the great voice builders - and rebuilders - in the business.
And Jim cotter speaks with Symphony in C President Krishna Thiagarajan as the Camden-based orchestra opens its new season.
We've been asking for instruments....and you've been delivering! To date, we've received dozens of instruments on behalf of Musicopia. Tyrone Wims, a listener who recently donated several instruments, wrote us an email letting us know his feelings about the importance of this project. "I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for sponsoring a Musicopia instrument drop-off location. I was more than happy to donate the nine instruments I collected in my brother's name, James R. Wims.
It's easy to romanticize or oversimplify the relationship between jazz and Prohibition, but the banning of alcohol and the subsequent rise of speakeasies clearly played a role in the music's evolution during its early days.--from NPR
Did you listen to the WRTI broadcast of the Academy of Vocal Arts' popular Giargiari Bel Canto Operatic Competition on October 9th? Many of you voted in our online poll for the competition's star singers. Here are the results...