A lone violin plays a simple, haunting melody, and you think of the people: the many taken away, the few saved, and the one who saved the few. His name is Schindler, and the violin plays. This forlorn, soft, heart-rending music--performed here by Itzhak Perlman--is by John Williams, the king of Hollywood composers. It transforms the movie, because as sad as Schindler's List is, it is the sweetness of the music that drives the sadness deeper. John Williams makes magic happen in front of our eyes. That's what he does.
Giacomo Gates: The Revolution Will Be Jazz - The Songs of Gil Scott-Heron
The ever-witty vocalist Giacomo Gates is usually compared to Eddie Jefferson or Jon Hendricks when it comes to style. If not those artists, he's compared to instrumentalists due to his mastery of Vocalese. That being said, I'm sure you're wondering how the art of the late Gil Scott-Heron can even be associated with Gates.
As America's first president is considered through the material culture of two of his households - one at Mount Vernon and one in Philadelphia - WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at the man behind the myth. NEW VIEWS FROM MOUNT VERNON, and THE PRESIDENT'S HOUSE: THE UNTOLD STORY IN QUILTS run through September 5th at the Nat'l Constitution Center.
Susan Lewis explores an exhibition of the insect illustrations of a world-renowned entomologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.
David Patrick Stearns profiles the Dutch-born music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Jaap Van Zweden.
Eric Brannon takes us to Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville, PA for an exhibition of historical mechanical musical devices - the forebearers of modern electronic appliances such as the CD player and the iPod.
Join Jill Pasternak for a candid interview from 2010 with the distinguished pianist Garrick Ohlsson. Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess.
Since 1824, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania has been collecting documents that tell the story of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia region. WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at the Society and how it is carrying forth its mission.
From the Top, with host Christopher O'Riley, will be at the Ocean City Music Pier - right on the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ - on Wednesday, August 31st at 8 pm.
Take a trip down the shore to see a live taping of the show, featuring extraordinary young classical musicians from our region and across the country. They're sure to delight you with amazing performances and charming personal stories. What a great way to end the summer!