Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
1:34 pm
Sat July 3, 2010

An American Ballet Score Lost and Found

American composer Ferde Grofe in 1937

Ferde Grofe's Cafe Society: Lost and Found

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.

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Creatively Speaking
3:00 pm
Fri July 2, 2010

PRISM Quartet--BlobFest--Philly's Historical Interpreters--German Soc. of PA's Hardy Von Auenmueller

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.

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
12:59 pm
Fri July 2, 2010

Two Concerts in Celebration of America: Indianapolis Orchestra and Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

3 to 4 pm

An All-American program to celebrate Independence Day

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

4 to 5 pm

"Land of Our Fathers" - with the Orchestra of Temple Square, in a program of patriotic favorites

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10:11 am
Fri July 2, 2010

Ragtime King Max Morath

Max Morath: Mr. Ragtime

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.

Ragtime King Max Morath

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News and Views
10:56 am
Mon June 28, 2010

'LATE RENOIR' Explored at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Girl in a Red Ruff, 1896
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French
Oil on canvas
Bequest of Charlotte Dorrance Wright, 1978

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.

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Creatively Speaking
3:44 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

The 50 Gifts of Art Collectors Dorothy & Herbert Vogel--The Perfect Square--Composer Maurice Wright

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel in 1975
Photo by Nathaniel Tileston

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.

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News and Views
12:08 pm
Mon June 21, 2010

West Philadelphia High School Students Compete with World's Best Engineers to Create Cars that Deliver 100-MPG Fuel Efficiency

West Philadelphia High School Students Compete with World's Best Engineers to Create Cars that Deliver 100-MPG Fuel Efficiency

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Creatively Speaking
12:53 pm
Sat June 19, 2010

Yannick Nezet-Seguin--Ancient Rome Exhibition--Wicked Philadelphia, Continued

Jim Cotter speaks with Yannick Nezet-Seguin - the new music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra - and gets reaction to his appointment from orchestra musicians and management.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns looks back to Yannick's first visit to Philadelphia in 2008.

Susan Lewis takes us to Ancient Rome. The latest exhibition at the National Constitution Center examines how the classical influence helped shape America.

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
12:50 pm
Fri June 18, 2010

New York Philharmonic: Works by Stravinsky, Bernstein, and Copland,

Igor Stravinsky

Sunday, June 20

3 to 5 pm

Conductors: Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, and Aaron Copland


STRAVINSKY: Scenes de Ballet

BERNSTEIN: The Dybbuk Suite, No. 2

COPLAND: The Tender Land

Soloists: Joy Clements, Claramae Turner, Richard Cassilly, Richard Fredericks, Norman Triegle, the Choral Arts Society

The New York Philharmonic's Website

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Audio Archive
11:36 am
Thu June 17, 2010

Hot Tip for the High Brow: Dave Conant on Historical Societies

Hot Tip for the High Brow: Dave Conant on Historical Societies

Philadelphia, PA – Dave explores how historical societies are a valuable resource for aspiring genealogists and budding local historians.

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