Jill Pasternak welcomes world famous flamenco guitarist Paco Pena. This dazzling virtuoso has been honored by Guitar magazine for the last five years consecutively as Best Flamenco Guitarist of the Year. He appears frequently in concert with his Dance Troupe and guitarists, The Losadas.
Jim Cotter speaks with Settlement Music School Executive Director Robert Capanna. The school celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
Jason Peifer visits the Walnut Street Theater as it stages Arthur Miller's play, The Price. The show features renowned film actor Robert Prosky, a Philadelphia native.
Susan Lewis explores the Reading Public Museum, which over the course of its 100+ years has grown from a science collection into a multi-disciplinary museum with galleries for art and artifacts from all over the world.
Jill welcomes the crossover trio Time for Three and composer Jennifer Higdon. Time for Three recently performed the premier of Higdon's Concerto 4-3 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The orchestra is also slated to perform another of Higdon's works, The Singing Rooms, for violin, chorus, and orchestra with violinist Jennifer Koh.
Jill's guest is this week is Terence Blanchard. His most recent album,"A Tale of God's Will - Requiem for Katrina" was the film score for Spike Lee's documentary recounting the horrors that befell the people of New Orleans. Blanchard is a Grammy award winner and five-time Grammy nominee, and continues his musical efforts as an internationally recognized performer, composer, band leader, and arranger. He is also currently Artistic Director of the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
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.