Works for Organ and Orchestra by Charles-Marie Widor and Aaron Copland
The organ world in Paris - in January of 1870 - was buzzing when the top names in the business saw to it that a 25-year-old got the biggest job in the city. St. Sulpice Church was looking for someone to pilot its newly installed five-manual organ, the greatest and largest instrument by Aristide Cavaille-Coll, known as the greatest organ builder of the 19th century.
Camille Saint-Saens, Charles Gounod, and Cavaille-Coll himself all said that there was only one person for the job: Charles-Marie Widor. The church offered Widor the appointment on a temporary basis. He kept the job for 64 years.
Jim Cotter speaks with Fiach Mac Conghail, artistic director of Dublin's Abbey Theatre - the national theater of Ireland. Philadelphia's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the Abbey Theatre production of Mark O'Rowe's Terminus from February 16 to 20, 2011, as part of the Philadelphia Irish Theatre Festival.
David Patrick Stearns profiles Michael Tilson Thomas as the veteran conductor leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of concerts.
Tom Keels looks at efforts to secure a future for the venerable ocean liner the SS United States.
The life of the popular composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has engendered conjecture and controversy. WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at the musical rivalry between Mozart and composer Antonio Salieri, suggested in Walnut Street Theatre's production of AMADEUS.
Join Maureen Malloy from 9 pm to midnight as she presents some of the nominated works and winners from the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards show that aired on TV on February 13th. Jazz singer Denise Donatelli took the #1 spot on WRTI's listener-generated Top 75 of 2010 with her rendition of "Don't Explain." Will her release beat out Gregory Porter's "Water" for Best Jazz Vocal Album? Tune in to find out!
World-renowned pianist Byron Janis is Jill Pasternak's guest this week on Crossover. Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal is Janis' recently published autobiography, which he discusses with Jill during the show.
David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the Opera Company of Philadelphia's upcoming production of Gounod's Romeo & Juliet that casts the Capulets and Montagues - not as feuding families - but as rival haute couture design houses.
Jim Cotter speaks with Charles Croce, the new CEO of the recently revamped and renamed Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, which tells the story of the City of Philadelphia.
Join Jill Pasternak for an interview with composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, who has taken the world by storm with his unique choral arrangements, innovative compositions, and Virtual Choir project - an exciting online social experiment.