The success of the movie BLACK SWAN has thrown a Hollywood spotlight on classical ballet. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers Pennsylvania Ballet's current production of SWAN LAKE, its relationship to the original ballet, and its connection to the hit film. The reprisal of the 2004 production has a score by Tchaikovsky.
Ferruccio Busoni. He was the first to perform all 18 Franz Liszt Preludes together, the first to play all 24 Chopin Preludes together, and, over four nights in Berlin, he soloed in 14 concertos with orchestra. Fourteen. They couldn't invent words big enough to describe this new star among pianists. Not only did they call him star, but also sun, giant, and king - tripping over themselves to find superlatives.
Aerobic Exercise: How Does it Benefit Cognition and Memory?
Philadelphia, PA – A landmark study released in PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES in January, 2011 indicates that walking can expand the hippocampus region of the brain - responsible for cognition and memory. WRTI's Timothy Churchill talks with a neurologist, health experts, and an octogenarian fighting Parkinson's with a regimen of daily physical exercise.
Age Still Confers Benefits In Our Youth-Oriented Society
Philadelphia, PA – Research on how adults ages 18 to 85 rate their satisfaction with life and day-to-day moods yields a few surprises. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston highlights the thrust of a study published in PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES. It's an age-related snapshot of psychological well-being in the United States.
In this encore broadcast Jill speaks with harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, who in 2009 retired from her post as harpist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. We speak about her personal experience as the first and only African American musician in one of the world's most prestigious symphonies, and how that aspect of the music business has changed. Ms. Pilot appeared in recital with violinist Tai Murray on November 21, 2010 at the Settlement Music School's Germantown branch in Philadelphia.
Jim Cotter takes us to the Penn Museum's latest, newly revamped, exhibition Secrets of the Silk Road. Susan Lewis looks at how the Mendelssohn Club is expanding the concept of choral performance, with help from its audiences.
David Patrick Stearns profiles the Equadorian-born, Philadelphia-based composer Diego Luzuriaga. And Jim Cotter speaks with historian David Contosta and landscape architect Carol Franklin, authors of Metropolitan Paradise: The Struggle for Nature in the City, Philadelphia's Wissahickon Valley, 1620-2020.
WRTI, our region's largest classical music and jazz station, faces a significant threat: Congress is working on legislation that could cut 100% of funding for public broadcasting, which includes $300,000 to fund programming operations for WRTI, plus additional monies used to upgrade our physical infrastructure. These proposed cuts jeopardize WRTI and public broadcasting as a whole.
Join Jill Pasternak when she interviews the Serafin String Quartet - the quartet in residence at the University of Delaware. Their latest CD includes works by William Grant Still, Antonin Dvorak, Samuel Barber, and George Gershwin. They'll also be recording composer Jennifer Higdon's un-recorded chamber works during 2011.
African-American composers and performers are in the spotlight this month.
Tune in to hear works by composers including William Grant Still, William Levi Dawson, Scott Joplin, and George Walker - the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize in music in 1996. We'll also hear music composed by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; although he was British, he had a strong following in America.