The eminent Australian maestro - born in Schenectady, New York - was known as an authority on the operas of Leos Janacek, and was associated with many of Britain's most prominent opera houses and orchestras. He died of cancer in London on July 14th.
WRTI's Jim Cotter met the maverick conductor once in Edinburgh, and describes him as "utterly charming, witty, and self-deprecating."
Since the early '60s, New Yorkers Dorothy and Herb Vogel have acquired a massive collection of contemporary art, using his income as a postal worker, while living on her income as a librarian. The couple has now given away 2,500 works - 50 works to a museum in each state. WRTI's Susan Lewis talks to the Vogels, and considers their gift to the nation.
Jim Cotter speaks with legendary pop artist Claes Oldenburg. The creator of two of Philadelphia's most iconic works of public art, he's been commissioned by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to create a third.
David Patrick Stearns looks at "The Month of Moderns" - a series of concerts by the chamber choir The Crossing at the Presbyterian Church in Chestnut Hill.
Susan Lewis visits historic Eastern State Penitentiary ahead of its annual Bastille Day celebrations.
"Unmatched for their musicality and sheer ability to entertain" (The London Times), 2009 Grammy Award-winners The King's Singers have put forth the highest caliber of a cappella performance since the group's inception at King's College, Cambridge in 1968. Regularly performing over 100 concerts every season, complemented by recording and teaching, The King's Singers delight audiences around the world with their incomparable musicianship, charm and wit.
What do you get when you combine a beautiful arboretum, a summer night, and amazing music? Throw in a blanket, a picnic dinner, maybe a bottle of wine? It's Groovin' in the Garden at the Morris Arboretum. Take a drive to Chestnut Hill and join WRTI jazz host Jeff Duperon for a delightful musical evening.
It's a work by one of the significant names in American music, yet it hasn't been heard for 70 years - until now. We know Ferde (Ferdie) Grofe (Grof-ay) as the composer of the well-known Grand Canyon Suite, and as the original orchestrator of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue for Paul Whiteman's band. But Cafe Society is a ballet from the height of his career that fell into oblivion.
Gary White, conductor of the Philadelphia Sinfonia - the youth orchestra that recently played Cafe Society at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center - will share with us the full story behind this fanciful evocation of Prohibition-era nightlife.