This week we look ahead to the opening of the Philadelphia Orchestra's season at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and speak with new artistic director Rossen Milanov; Jason Peifer visits the Contemporary Stage Company in Wilmington as they celebrate the work of the South African writer, Athol Fugard; We take a look at two dance events opening in Philadelphia this week: Dance Boom! and the New Festival; and in our regular dip into the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis visits Independence Hall.
An encore broadcast of a fascinating hour with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. His brother Andrew's hit musical Phantom of the Opera is in the spotlight, due to Julian's recording, with violinist Sarah Chang, of a double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra that uses themes from the stage work. Also, Jill spends some time in tribute to the great Shirley Horn.
We visit the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia. It's just won a national award for innovation in education for doing things the old-fashioned way! Susan Lewis explores truth, memory, and the murkiness of memoir with artists from this week's First Person Arts Festival. And in our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Jason Peifer visits the Wilma Theater.
On this week's Creatively Speaking! with Jim Cotter, we listen back to four recent features from the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. We'll visit Philadelphia's Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum. Almost thirty years after they created Franklin Court, we take a tour of the 1976 "ghost house" with architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott-Brown. Susan Lewis visits Camden's Adventure Aquarium and explores Historic Yellow Springs.
We're 'down the shore'. Susan Lewis takes a look at the Cape May Music Festival. We speak with Temple University history professor Bryant Simon. He's the author on Boardwalk of Dreams--a history of Atlantic City. Jason Peifer examines Cape May's vibrant theatre scene and we pay a visit to the Noyes Museum in Oceanville.
Jill Pasternak's Crossover show this weekend features Peter Levinson, who has written a book on Tommy Dorsey's life. Tommy Dorsey Living in a Great Big Way is the book, and Crossover highlight rare recordings of the Dorsey Orchestra from the 20's to the 40's.
Jason Peifer takes a look at Daughters of Genius, a new comedy from 1812 Productions in Philadelphia. The play is about 17th century poet, John Milton, and his three daughters. Susan Lewis finds her way to The Salon, an underground concert series of classical, jazz and multicultural new music with an increasingly large following. And in our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section of GoPhila.com, we visit the neighbors at Elfreth's Alley, the oldest continuously inhabited street in the nation.
Violinist Soovin Kim visits Jill this week. Mr. Kim has quietly achieved a very high level of success in his years since graduating from Curtis. His latest recording of the 24 Paganini Caprices for solo violin is breath taking. All this has been accomplished while touring with the Musicians from Marlboro, performing in solo recitals with his accompanist Jeremy Denk, and with his trio. He is on the faculty of Yale University and Temple University, and will performing an all-Beethoven recital on May 17th, and on the 19th with program of Mozart trios.