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!
New Wineries in NJ: Court Ruling Puts Their Business on Hold
Philadelphia, PA – Over 30 new wineries in NJ are facing unexpected challenges because of a court ruling preventing them from conducting business; they're waiting for the NJ Legislature to intervene on their behalf. WRTI's Joe Irizarry speaks with the director of the NJ Division of Alcoholic and Beverage Control, as well as some winery owners about the situation.
David Patrick Stearns profiles Meagan Miller. The West Chester soprano is a rising star in the world opera. Susan Lewis profiles Hedgerow Theatre in Media Pennsylvania, which has been forging its own unique artistic path since 1923. And Jim Cotter speaks with Francine Black and her daughter Tamara Black, founders and directors of Berks Opera Workshop.
Ignaz Pleyel had three strikes against him during the French Revolution. He was rich, he was a foreigner, and he worked for the Church. He was exactly the type of person for whom the Reign of Terror sharpened its guillotines. Even worse: he was an artist. Different despots use different tactics, but artists are usually among their first targets.