The author of The Satanic Verses reveals how he's moved far beyond the controversy ignited by the book's publication. Rushdie, who now spends one month a year teaching at Emory University, shares his insights on literature and the young, and the current status of fiction writing.
The Booker Prize winner entertained a packed audience at the Kimmel Center when he spoke as part of the 2007-2008 Philadelphia Speakers Series presented by Widener University, and sponsored by WRTI.
Bucks County artist Susan Opie walks us through her works of bugs and critters, now on view in the outdoor sculpture garden at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. The museum's ongoing Outdoor Sculpture Program features the works of contemporary American sculptors.
Jason Peifer examines the life and theatrical works of the late Wendy Wasserstein. Her final play, Third, is being produced by the Philadelphia Theater Company. Third will be performed at PTC's new home, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
This week Jill Pasternak speaks with Dr. Barry Rose, O.B.E. Dr. Rose is a distinguished and renowned choral conductor and organist considered by many to be the finest in Britain, and generally regarded as one of the world's leading teachers and trainers in choral music.
"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music."
-- Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Join us on Tuesday, April 1 as we honor the legendary Russian composer, pianist, and conductor Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff. WRTI will feature selected works from his repertoire between 6 am to 6 pm on his 135th birthday.
Jill interviews virtuoso flutist Robert Stallman who has just issued a new album of his transcriptions of the four-hand Piano Sonatas of Mozart as Quintets for flute, viola and string quartet. An amazing realization puts these works in a new light and underscores the possible ideas that Mozart had when writing these works for four hands. The transformation of these works is enlightening and delightful, and Mr. Stallman's enthusiasm and love of the music comes through in the transcriptions and the superb performances. Mozart would agree, we think.
Join us throughout the day on Monday, March 21st as we highlight the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Considered to be the king of Baroque music, and perhaps of all Western music, Bach is synonymous with the art of fugue, magnificent counterpoint, oratorios, passions, masses, and cantatas, and legendary virtuosity on the organ and harpsichord.
Kenya Update: Life After the December 2007 Election
Philadelphia, PA – What started out as an attempt by WRTI News Director Windsor Johnston to shed light on the lives of Kenyan villagers, quickly changed on December 29, 2007. That was the day when results of the presidential election were announced by the Electoral Commission of Kenya. Many believe the election was rigged.