News and Views
3:33 pm
Sun April 27, 2008

Former U.S. President William J. Clinton Speaks with WRTI's Windsor Johnston

Former U.S. President William J. Clinton

Former U.S. President William J. Clinton

Philadelphia, PA – Bill Clinton discusses life back on the presidential campaign trail--this time on behalf of his wife, New York Senator Hillary Clinton.

The two-term American president also talks about the role he expects to play in a potential second Clinton administration, and makes some predictions about the road ahead for his wife and her Democratic opponent, Illinois Senator Barak Obama.

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Creatively Speaking
12:14 pm
Sat April 26, 2008

Steve Lopez--Fashioning Kimono at the Philadelphia Museum of Art--Leon Fleisher performs Hindemith

'The Soloist' by Steve Lopez

Jim Cotter speaks with author Steve Lopez.  His story of destitute musician Nathaniel Ayers is being made into a film starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.

Susan Lewis takes us to Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan, a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to Leon Fleisher's performance of Paul Hindemith's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with Christoph Eschenbach conducting the Curtis Symphony.

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Piano Jazz
4:05 pm
Fri April 25, 2008

Bobby Broom On Piano Jazz

Bobby Broom.
Courtesy of the artist

Bobby Broom was born in Harlem on January 18, 1961 and grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side. He didn't begin playing guitar until age 12 and his first lessons focused on folk music. A year later, Broom began studying with a jazz guitar teacher named, Jimmy Carter. Though Carter encouraged his student to listen to jazz, Broom was more interested in the pop hits of the day from Earth Wind and Fire and Kool and The Gang.

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Crossover
3:00 pm
Sat April 19, 2008

Giovanni De Chiaro: Classical Guitarist

Giovanni De Chiaro

This week Jill Pasternak speaks with American classical guitarist Giovanni De Chiaro. Since his New York debut in 1976 De Chiaro has concertized throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. He has also recorded two nationally televised special programs for the PBS network and has made numerous recordings for the Louisiana-based Centaur Records, including a four-volume set of his guitar transcriptions of the complete works of Scott Joplin.

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Creatively Speaking
10:04 am
Sat April 19, 2008

Arts Education in Philly--Bernstein's "Kaddish" Symphony--Animal Farm at Mum Puppettheater

Leonard Bernstein

Jim Cotter leads a conversation about arts education in Philadelphia's public school system.

David Patrick Stearns on Leonard Bernstein's third, "Kaddish", symphony.

Jason Peifer previews Mum Puppettheater's interpretation of George Orwell's classic novel Animal Farm.

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Creatively Speaking
12:30 pm
Fri April 11, 2008

Benjamin West--Lyric Fest--Benjamin Rush's Birthplace--The Philadelphia Antiques Show

The Fatal Wounding of Sir Philip Sidney, Benjamin West, 1805 Oil on canvas

Jim Cotter visits the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill to explore the work of Benjamin West a colonial-era superstar artist.

Susan Lewis considers Lyric Fest and its upcoming recital of songs written by composers with Philadelphia connections.

Historian Thomas Keels delves into the 1960s destruction of the birthplace of Benjamin Rush; Philadelphia's forgotten founding father.

Jason Peifer takes us to the 47th Annual Philadelphia Antiques Show.

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Crossover
2:33 pm
Thu April 10, 2008

John Owings: pianist

Pianist John Owings

Jill Pasternak welcomes pianist John Owings. Owings is a prizewinner of several prestigious competitions, including the gold medal at the first Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition in Cleveland. His CD recordings on the Koch International Classics and Opus Millesime labels have received outstanding reviews, and his most recent CD, on the Pro Organo label, features the complete keyboard works of Julius Reubke. Since 1990 Owings has been a member of the faculty of Texas Christian University.

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Creatively Speaking
10:53 am
Thu April 3, 2008

Philadelphia Museum of Art--Pianist Yuja Wang--Eastern State Penitentiary--Cherry Blossom Festival

Liberty Series: A Dream of Birds, 2007, by Katie Baldwin

We look ahead to a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring the works of some talented, young, local artists.

Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Stearns profiles pianist Yuja Wang. The fast-rising star is the soloist when the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields performs at the Kimmel Center next week.

Susan Lewis visits historic Eastern State Penitentiary, now planning the renovation of a synagogue within its walls.

Jason Peifer looks ahead to the year's Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.

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WRTI Spotlight
3:32 pm
Wed April 2, 2008

Jazz Appreciation Month on WRTI

Jazz Appreciation Month

WRTI presents a special celebration of the pioneers of jazz, as well as those who are keeping the art form alive. Tune in for a unique experience!

On Mondays through Thursdays during the month of April, starting at 6 pm to 6 am, you'll hear fascinating vignettes on the lives of a variety of jazz artists, and then experience their music. In addition, each week there will be a different instrumental theme. And Sundays during BP's jazz show, from 11 am to 3 pm, you'll be serenaded by great jazz vocalists from the present and the past.

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WRTI Spotlight
10:00 am
Wed April 2, 2008

Jazz Appreciation Month on WRTI

WRTI presents a special celebration of the pioneers of jazz, as well as those who are keeping the art form alive. Tune in for a unique experience!

On Mondays through Thursdays during the month of April, starting at 6 pm to 6 am, you'll hear fascinating vignettes on the lives of a variety of jazz artists, and then experience their music. In addition, each week there will be a different instrumental theme. And Sundays during BP's jazz show, from 11 am to 3 pm, you'll be serenaded by great jazz vocalists from the present and the past.

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