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.
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.