The Academy of Vocal Arts has produced some of the world's most brilliant opera stars - and many of them returned to Philadelphia in late March to celebrate AVA's 75th Anniversary and perform in a gala concert. Tune in or listen online on April 11th when we bring you this special concert, recorded live at the Kimmel Center. The concert featured AVA star alumni from the Metropolitan Opera and from around the world.
"Flash Mobs" in Philadelphia: Groups of Young People Converging in the City Have Turned Violent
Philadelphia, PA – "Flash mob" activities in Philadelphia have increasingly turned into violent affairs, frightening visitors and merchants, and drawing stern rebukes from city leaders. WRTI's Jim Hilgen looks at how these social network-driven events started, and measures authorities are taking to combat them in the future.
Join Jill when she interviews violinist and composer David Balakrishnan - founder of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Turtle Island Quartet. Since its inception in 1985, the ensemble has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. The classically trained group has defined a unique style of string playing by crossing the line of classical, jazz, funk, rock, bluegrass bebop, new age, and hip hop.
Composers write music about love all the time. Hugo Alfven - urbane, well-trained, and rising in all the right circles - began one such piece as a young man in his twenties. It so overwhelmed him, however, that 20 years later it had mutated into a craggy three-quarter-hour symphony of four movements played without break, a luxuriant, ardent, and stunning wordless tale of such power that some critics thought it too suggestive for public performance.
For every young person with the talent and drive to be an accomplished vocalist or violinist, there are legions more whose main connection to classical music is destined to remain as a member of an audience. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston takes a look at a range of perspectives on nurturing a connection to classical music among the young.
Join Jill for a delightful hour with Big Band singer Lynn Roberts. Her career in the "Swing Era" included five years with Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, ten years with Benny Goodman, and four years with Harry James. Roberts appears with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops at the Kimmel Center for The Stage Door Canteen on March 26, 27, and 28, 2010. Peter Nero adds to the fun on Crossover this week.