Join us during classical music hours for selections dating back from the birth of our nation to the present. And from Saturday night of the holiday weekend through the following Tuesday morning, you'll hear your favorite big bands and classic vocalists during regular jazz hours.
Jim Cotter speaks with Michael Taylor, curator of a Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition devoted to the works of Marc Chagall and his early 20th-century contemporaries in Paris.
David Patrick Stearns profiles the world-renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.
And Susan Lewis looks at the way Phoenixville is reinventing itself through arts, culture and entertainment. The former mill town is getting set to stage its 12th annual Blobfest - an event that kicks off with a reenactment of a scene from the 1958 horror movie that made the Colonial Theater famous, The Blob.
Here's a taste of A Grand Celebration - the Philadelphia Orchestra performing with Peter Richard Conte on the Wanamaker Organ. There's a story behind this historic recording. Kile Smith fills us in, and helps us hear what it's like to experience the glorious sounds of the Wanamaker Organ.
It's sometimes forgotten that most of the greatest composers in classical music were also superb improvisers. Bach amazed audiences with his improvisational keyboard skills, Beethoven was always game for an improvisational showdown with other musicians and, by all accounts, Liszt drove women crazy with his flights of romantic fancy during performances. No wonder, then, that the history of jazz is peppered with "jazzed up" versions of classical compositions. Here are five of them.--from NPR
"BP with the GM" was on the scene in Wilmington on June 21st, broadcasting his show live from the 2011 Dupont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. Here he is chatting it up with trumpeter Eddie Morgan. The Festival continues through June 26th. Check it out!
Urban Living: The Growth of Philadelphia's Young Adult Cohort
Philadelphia, PA – The latest census data shows that the number of young adults living in downtown Philadelphia, between the ages of 20 to 34, has expanded dramatically in the past 10 years. WRTI's Timothy Churchill talks about this new trend with the director of Temple University's Career Center, a Temple sociology professor, a Philadelphia booster, and two young adults.
The Boston Early Music Festival ended on June 19th. The New York Times called it "...an early-music fan's idea of paradise for a week." Listen to one of the Festival highlights: The Orchestra at Play - Festive Concertos, Suites, and Sinfonias by Bach, Handel, Corelli, and Vivaldi--from NPR
Jazz pianist and composer Randy Weston performs with his African Rhythms Quintet, and remembers Philadelphia native Ray Bryant - his longtime friend and musical colleague, who died on June 2nd.--from NPR