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.
As PRISM Quartet celebrates its 25th anniversary, David Patrick Stearns profiles the all-saxophone group that has built a repertoire of more than 100 pieces.
Susan Lewis looks at the way Phoenixville is reinventing itself through arts, culture, and entertainment. The former mill town is getting set to stage its 11th annual BlobFest - an event that kicks off with a reenactment of a scene from The Blob, the 1958 horror movie that made the Colonial Theater famous.
Join Jill Pasternak for an encore presentation from 2004 featuring a national musical treasure: Ragtime pianist and raconteur Max Morath. "Mr. Ragtime" has been dedicated to early 1900s ragtime piano for many decades, keeping the essence of that era in the public eye with his numerous plays, television programs, books, and recordings. He has earned the moniker, "Mr. Ragtime," by being one of Ragtime's most ardent devotees.
Philadelphia, PA – Late 19th-century French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir worked until his death in 1919. WRTI's Susan Lewis explores LATE RENOIR, an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which makes the case that artworks created by Renoir during the final decades of his career were among his finest, and a model for future generations.
Susan Lewis considers art collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel and their gifts of 50 works to museums in each of the 50 states. Susan also looks at related exhibitions at the Delaware Art Museum and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Jim Cotter speaks with author Nancy M. Heinzen. Her history of Rittenhouse Square, The Perfect Square, was published by Temple University Press.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns profiles Philadelphia-based composer Maurice Wright.