Jill Pasternak hosts 2006 National Medal of Arts winner Erich Kunzel, conductor of the Cincinnati Pops. Dubbed the "Prince of Pops" by the Chicago Tribune, he's celebrating the 50th anniversary of his conducting debut. Originally aired June 18, 2006.
Other Stories: The Blue Ball Barn in Wilmington, DE, built in 1914 by Alfred I. duPont and home to the Delaware Folk Art Collection; the latest exhibition at the American Philosophical Society; a conversation about the carillon, a musical instrument of multiple bells most often located in church towers.
James Undercoffler: The Philadelphia Orchestra's new president.
Public art in Philadelphia and the 100-year-old Fairmount Park Art Association.
A review of Marlborough Music Festival.
The role of the artistic director in theater (part of a continuing series) includes interviews with Terry Nolen of the Arden Theatre, the Philadelphia Theatre Company's Sara Garonzik, and Robin Marcotte from Hotel Obligado.
Jill speaks with piano virtuoso Lang Lang. A child prodigy in China, he began playing when he was only two years old. He entered the Curtis Institute of Music when he was 14, and made his U.S. debut in 1998. But it was his spellbinding performance at the 1999 Ravinia Festival that catapulted him into international fame. Originally Aired April 23, 2005.
Russian violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov chats with Jill Pasternak about his worldwide concerto and solo recital tours. A 2004 Grammy winner for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra) for the Britten: Violin Concerto/Walton: Viola Concerto, Vengerov has released a documentary film, Living the Dream. Originally aired October 14, 2006.
Acclaimed pianist Jorge Federico Osorio talks with Jill Pasternak about his interesting career. Born in Mexico City, he has performed with leading orchestras around the world. Although primarily a classical pianist, Osorio's recordings also include Piano Espagnol and Mexican Piano Music by Manuel M. Ponce. Originally aired on August 13, 2005.
This week, Jill interviews an exciting new light on the music scene. His name is Gordon Goodwin, and he has been responsible for creating a new genre of music, with his Big Phat Band?contemporary big band jazz. His newest album, The Phat Pack, highlights once again his 18 man band, made up of some of the finest studio musicians in the music world today. Inspired by the big bands of the early to mid 20th century, his new take is both nostalgic and brilliant.