Crossover
10:40 am
Thu May 14, 2009

Brass Quintet Canadian Brass

Canadian Brass just released a new CD, Swing that Music: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

The virtuosi of Canadian Brass have made the brass quintet an exciting vehicle for serious concert music. The quintet has a long history of recording classical repertoire. They have a special affinity for Baroque music, which requires the musical structure that has become the Canadian Brass' trademark.

Their more than 60 recordings include works by Purcell, Vivaldi, Gabrieli, Pachelbel, Beethoven and Wagner ? all in meticulously crafted transcriptions that are setting new musical traditions in brass performance. They are especially drawn to the works of J.S. Bach.

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Crossover
1:31 pm
Sat May 9, 2009

Violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn

Elizabeth Pitcairn will appear at the Kimmel Center with Orchestra 2001 on May 22nd. She'll perform themes from the film The Red Violin on her famous Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius.

Virtuoso concert violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn is Jill's guest this week. She performs in partnership with one of the world's most legendary instruments, the Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius of 1720, which inspired the Academy award-winning film The Red Violin. She gave the Southern California premiere of The Red Violin Chaconne in 2000. Pitcairn has cultivated a world-renowned reputation for the soulful music that she creates with her famous violin.

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Classical Stories
9:30 am
Sat May 9, 2009

The Recording of Kile Smith's <em>Vespers </em>CD--<em>Painted Metaphors </em>at Penn Museum--Photographer Andrea Baldeck

Kile Smith's Vespers has been called "ecstatically beautiful" by The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns


As composer Kile Smith's Vespers is released on CD, we listen back to David Patrick Stearns report on the recording of the work last summer by Piffaro, the Renaissance wind band, and the virtuoso vocal group The Crossing. A CD-release party is scheduled for Saturday night, May 9th, at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church after a Piffaro concert.

Jason Peifer visits Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. The exhibition features 1,300-year-old-pottery from the highlands of Guatemala.

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Piano Jazz
10:17 am
Fri May 8, 2009

Nnenna Freelon: Piano Jazz At Tanglewood

Nnenna Freelon was a headliner during Marian McPartland's annual visit to Tanglewood.
Courtesy of the artist

The annual recording of Piano Jazz at the 2008 Tanglewood Jazz festival fell nearly halfway between two important milestones — Marian McPartland's 90th birthday, celebrated in March of 2008, and the 30th Anniversary of Piano Jazz, which we celebrate in 2009. It was truly an extravagant concert, as three wonderful performers took their turns on stage with McPartland.

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
3:25 pm
Thu May 7, 2009

Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI: <em>Lucia di Lammermoor</em>

Lucia di Lammermoor

Sunday, May 10
3 to 6 pm
Academy of Vocal Arts
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Conductor Christofer Macatsoris
AVA Opera Orchestra

Donizetti's famous and celebrated work, Lucia di Lammermoor is set in 17th century Scotland, and is based on Sir Walter Scott's novel, The Bride of Lammermoor. The opera features a famous "tour-de-force" mad scene for the soprano.

Cast:

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Crossover
12:07 pm
Sat May 2, 2009

Latin Band Tiempo Libre

Tiempo Libre will perform at the Kimmel Center on Friday, May 8th. Their new CD, Bach in Havana, will be released on May 5th, 2009.

Two-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre is one the hottest young Latin bands today. Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs and dance venues, the members of the Miami-based band are true modern heirs to the rich tradition of the music of their native Cuba.

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Creatively Speaking
3:06 pm
Fri May 1, 2009

PA Ballet's Tango with Style--Landis Valley Museum--Author Steve Lopez' The Soloist

The film version of Steve Lopez's The Soloist is now in movies theaters

Susan Lewis considers the variety in ballet today, as Pennsylvania Ballet prepares to open a new program headlined by a work titled Tango with Style.

Jason Peifer visits the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster County. The "living history" village and farm collects, preserves, and interprets the culture of the Pennsylvania German rural community from 1740 to 1940.

We listen again to Jim Cotter's interview with LA Times writer Steve Lopez. The movie adaptation of his best-selling book The Soloist has been released to critical and popular acclaim.

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Crossover
12:39 pm
Wed April 22, 2009

Tenor Stephen Costello

Tenor Stephen Costello

Philadelphia-based tenor Stephen Costello is the winner of this year's prestigious Richard Tucker Award. The annual prize is awarded to an American singer on the edge of a major national and international career. Jill Pasternak interviewed the rising star on Crossover in 2008 following his Metropolitan Opera debut.

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Creatively Speaking
9:07 am
Wed April 22, 2009

Thomas Chimes--Independence Seaport Museum--Cezanne & Beyond at PMA--L'Enfant at les Sortilges

Contemporary artist Thomas Chimes died on April 20th at age 88

We remember Thomas Chimes who died this week at age 88. He was one of Philadelphia's most respected contemporary artists.

Jason Peifer delves into the history of tattoos and body art with a visit to a new exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum. Skin & Bones explores the beliefs, mysteries, and traditions of the tattoo in American maritime culture.

We listen again as Susan Lewis visits Cezanne and Beyond at The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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INBOX
9:33 am
Sat April 18, 2009

Sergey Kachatryan, violin; Masur, conductor; Philadelphia Orchestra


Sergey Kachatryan looks a curly headed Pan and plays like him too, on the violin. The young man's pitches are impossibly clean. He pays more attention to expressivity than bravura. Sensibility and softness dominate until its time to pull out the stops. The cadenza to the Shostakovich Violin Concerto in A minor blazed as he built it into a bonfire.

Sergey Kachatryan, violin; Masur, conductor; Philadelphia Orchestra

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