Philadelphia, PA – The island nation of Haiti has been devastated once again by mother nature. On this week's News & Views, Windsor Johnston reports on the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the Western Hemisphere's poorest country resulting in an estimated 200 thousand deaths and over one billion dollars in damage.
Join Jill when she interviews a champion of contemporary music. Conductor and pianist Robert Spano has been Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2001, and has gained national and international prominence, appearing with major orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States and Europe.
Regarded as an advocate of contemporary composers, Maestro Spano has earned a reputation for ambitious and adventurous orchestral programming and presentation, and has made several prominent recordings with the ASO, garnering multiple Grammy Awards.
Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia Orchestra principal harp Elizabeth Hainen, and principal cello Hai-Ye Ni. Both are soloists in upcoming concerts under Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.
Susan Lewis takes us to the Golden Age, a new play by Terrence McNally. The Philadelphia Theater Company production premieres January 22.
Jim Cotter speaks with Gala True, a Veterans Administration medical anthropologist studying the use of story telling techniques found in folklore and oral history projects, to help heal Afghan and Iraq war veterans.
Join Jill Pasternak for a candid interview 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. In celebration of Chopin's 200th Birthday that's coming up on March 1, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society will host a performance by Ohlsson on January 19th at 8 pm at the Kimmel Center with an all-Chopin program.
Jim Cotter speaks with Frank Chaves, Artistic Director of River North Chicago Dance Company. The company is performing in Philadelphia this week as part of a tour celebrating its 20th anniversary season.
David Patrick Stearns reviews the latest recording by the trio Time for Three, and speaks with the group.
In the second part of a companion series to a new book called Wicked Philadelphia, Tom Keels tells the story of the 19th-century occultist George Lippard.