Jim Cotter speaks with playwright Rogelio Martinez. The Arden Theatre presents the world-premiere production of his Wanamaker's Pursuit as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA).
Susan Lewis considers two early 20th-century artists whose work in Paris has inspired collaborations in this year's PIFA.
Eric Brannon takes us to Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville, PA for an exhibition of historical mechanical musical devices - the forefathers of modern electronic appliances such as the CD player and the iPod.
The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts is now taking place at venues throughout the city with 135 events and 1,500 artists. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the historical context of PIFA, with a look at the arts and culture of early 20th-century Paris.
Join Jill as she interviews Dr. Josh Perelman, Deputy Director for Exhibitions, Programs and Collections, and Michael Rosenzweig, President and CEO of the National Museum of American Jewish History. They discuss the founding of the museum, the role it plays as the country's only museum dedicated exclusively to telling the still-unfolding story of Jews in America, and the importance of its status as a Smithsonian affiliate institution.
Japan?s Earthquake and Tsunami: The Economic Impact on the United States
Philadelphia, PA – WRTI's Timothy Churchill speaks with two professors from Temple University's Fox School of Business about the short- and long-term impact of Japan's March 11th disasters on the U.S. economy, and the future of trade between the two countries.
Spring is here, and along with it comes our annual jazz celebration in April. This year, the Philadelphia jazz community - including WRTI - has organized the Philadelphia Jazz Coalition to help our city celebrate its extraordinary jazz legacy and current thriving jazz scene throughout the month. Jazz events and programs are happening at a variety of venues in Philadelphia. WRTI joins in the city's celebration with special jazz programming.
Opera sensation Vittorio Grigolo is a man in demand. From the Met to La Scala, the finest opera houses around the world clamor to have his voice resound through their halls. He's one of the handful of rising tenors to have been touted as "the next Pavarotti."--NPR
Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell (September 27, 1924 - July 31, 1966) was an American Jazz pianist. Powell has been described as one of "the two most significant pianists of the style of modern jazz that came to be known as bop", the other being his friend and contemporary Thelonious Monk. Along with Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Powell was a key player in the history of bebop, and his virtuosity as a pianist led many to call him "the Charlie Parker of the piano".
Relache: Press Play Music of Mark Hagerty, Guy Klucevsek, Cynthia Folio
Relache has been slipping the thin leading edge of new music into Philadelphia since 1979. They've done it with a jolly indifference to the clashing of styles or the rocking of boats. Even their name, which in French means "the show is closed," exhibits their iconoclasm and humor. Downtown, uptown, no town, doesn't matter: if it's new - brand new - Relache is all over it.
Two composers are born within two years of each other, and they both die in the same year. One is world-famous; the other is almost unknown. Join us as we explore works by Richard Wagner and Robert Volkmann - two composers who were opposites, yet had much in common.
Something special occurs when talented people collaborate. That is what happened when Sarah Vaughan and trumpet star Clifford Brown and his band got together to record at the Fine Sound Studios in New York in December of 1954.