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
Jim Cotter speaks with Rossen Milanov. He conducts both Camden's Symphony in C with Astral Artists, and The Philadelphia Orchestra in upcoming concerts at the Kimmel Center.
Jason Peifer visits the Arden Theatre as it opens Bruce Graham's Something Intangible, the Arden's 30th world-premiere play. We'll hear about the career of the Philadelphia playwright.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns previews The Audition, a documentary exploring how the Metropolitan Opera finds new talent. The film features AVA artists Angela Meade and Michael Fabiano.
There's usually one sibling who carries everyone's baggage. The family Bruce Graham imagines In Something Intangible at the Arden Theatre now shows the burdens creativity inflicts. Two brothers, one an animator, the other an accountant, live in Hollywood in the 1940s. Something Intangible is the Arden's 30th world premiere.
Join Jill Pasternak as she welcomes Anne Akiko Meyers to Crossover. Meyers is celebrated today as one of the world's premiere concert violinists. She recently launched Smile, a much-anticipated new album with pianist, Akira Eguchi. It features special arrangements of works including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," and Astor Piazzolla's "Tangos."
MINAS is celebrating 25 years of spreading the joy of Brazilian music to Philadelphians. Join Orlando Haddad and Patricia King at the World Cafe Live for two shows on Saturday, April 11th - at 7:30 pm there will be a concert/dinner, and at 10:30 pm a Brazilian groove dance party. There's even more MINAS to look forward to this year! They have two CDs slated for release in the coming months.
This week's show is a premiere of sorts. Our guest Gabriela Imreh is an outstanding pianist, and she and her husband, conductor Daniel Spalding are detectives as well. Imreh shares the fascinating story of their precious discovery--Vittorio Giannini's Piano Concerto, a major work that she went on to record. The Concerto had almost been forgotten since its first performance in 1937; Imreh and her husband brought it back to life. Hear their story on this week's Crossover.
Hamlet's an exhausting and compelling fellow in the Lantern Company's production with Geoff Sobel in the title role. Sobel, a very physical actor keeps the brooding prince restlessly in motion, while making Shakespeare's thoughts his own.