Born in 1942 in Harlem, Larry Willis grew up around music; jazz was popular in his neighborhood, and closer to home, he had a brother who played piano. As a child, Willis noodled around on the piano that was in the house, but his talent seemed to lie in singing.
Jim Cotter speaks with pianist Simone Dinnerstein about a computer generated re-recording of Glenn Gould's legendary performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Her own recording of the 'Variations has been on the classical music charts for 18 weeks now.
Jason Peifer takes us the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia.
Susan Lewis visits an exhibition of the works of the prominent late nineteenth century Italian painter Antonio Mancini at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Jill Pasternak speaks with the Carlos Chavez string quartet, formerly the Russian-American String Quartet. Since its founding, the ensemble has created a positive impact in its pursuit of unearthing, performing, and recording works by Mexican composers of the 19th and 20th century. In 1997 the quartet won First Prize in the Competition for Special Projects in Chamber Music sponsored by the Cultural Diffusion Department of Mexico's National Autonomous University for researching and recording lesser-known Mexican string quartets.
Tune to WRTI on Saturday, January 19th, when the Metropolitan Opera will broadcast a historic performance of Puccini's La Boh?me, starring the late Luciano Pavarotti with the legendary Renata Scotto, conducted by Maestro James Levine. Originally broadcast on March 19, 1977, this performance was the inaugural Live from the Met telecast that turned Pavarotti into an American superstar.
Jill Pasternak speaks with vocalist Max Raabe, leader of the 12-piece Palast Orchester. The ensemble has achieved international success for their original arrangements of music from the Golden Age of film and dance, including Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin.
Jill's guest this week, composer and conductor John Rutter, is one of the most respected figures in choral music. His works are among the most frequently-performed and loved in the choral repertoire. Mr. Rutter speaks about his career and his latest release with the Cambridge Singers, recorded in the historic Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral in Cambridge, England.
Legendary jazz and R&B producer Joel Dorn passed away on December 17, 2007.
My friend, Joel Dorn, of some 37 years passed away today [December 17, 2007]. We bonded a friendship initially by phone, and corresponded that way for almost 40 years before finally meeting face-to-face. But all the while he'd send me LP's and CD's he either singularly produced or helped produce.