Gretchen Parlato has been called the most important jazz singer since Cassandra Wilson, and her delicate vocals won over the judges at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2004. Since then, Parlato has appeared on more than 50 recordings, and continues to build a following with tours throughout the U.S. and overseas. Her third album, The Lost and Found, was recently released.--NPR
David Patrick Stearns profiles soprano Michelle Johnson. The Metropolitan Opera 2011 National Council Audition Winner sings Donna Anna in the Academy of Vocal Arts' production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, opening on Saturday, April 30th.
Eric Brannon considers a Philadelphia public art exhibition viewable only through the screens of smartphones.
Susan Lewis takes us to the Penn Museum's exhibition about generations of Pennsylvanians who kept their Lenape identity secret for two centuries.
Charlie Haden and Quartet West Sophisticated Ladies
Charlie Haden and Quartet West have been around for years, and could easily be compared to a chameleon. They have a unique, distinctive style, but blend in easily performing with orchestras and vocalists. They stand out at certain times, but then long stretches of time go by when no one can find them. Well, they're back, and better than ever on Sophisticated Ladies.
Composers have always used elements of popular music to make high art. The suites of Bach and entire movements of Mahler would never have appeared without the seeds of middlebrow entertainment. John Zorn cultivates this ﬁeld, and, for The Gift, keeps to a corner of it called "The Sixties."
Baby Boomers Becoming Seniors: A Growing Population in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA – Debates about gov't programs such as Medicare and Social Security will be waged over the next two decades as the elderly American population expands. Philadelphia is at the forefront of this population trend. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston hears from those whose work gives them a unique perspective on enhancing the daily lives of a growing demographic.