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.
Jill remembers an icon, Edith Piaf, a Parisian singer who captured the hearts of the entire world with her passionate and earthy performances. The show was inspired by the release of La Vie en Rose, a film which was one of the centerpiece productions of the Philadelphia Film Festival, which ended last week. Mike Lerman from the Festival staff joins Jill for the show.
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein: Her recording of Bach's <i>Goldberg Variations</i> has won praise.
William H. Johnson's <i>World on Paper</i> at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia--the waterfront museum includes a working boat shop, an 1892 battleship used in the Spanish-American War, and a World War II submarine.