A different sort of reality show is dominating the ratings - the classical radio ratings, that is. It's a weekly show that travels from Honolulu to Tuscaloosa in which participants are routinely teased and their personalities probed.
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein talks about the legendary Glenn Gould and the digital re-performance of his 1955 Goldberg Variations. Dinnerstein, whose own version of Bach's Goldberg Variations has reached the top of the classical music charts, tells us if technology can replicate the man. Also, Amadeus at Philadelphia's Wilma Theater is reviewed.
At age 78, the famed soprano and arts booster Beverly Sills passed away in Manhattan. Born Belle Miriam Silverman in Brooklyn, New York, Sills debuted in Philadelphia in 1947. She went on to win praise for her silvery sound as well as her dedication to the arts in New York City. Jill Pasternak and Jack Moore pay tribute to the opera legend.
Named "Artist of the Year" by Diapason and Gramophone magazines, Maestro Riccardo Chailly has conducted some of the world's leading orchestras. He joins Jill from his hometown of Milan to discuss the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig's new release of the Schumann symphonies re-orchestrated by Mahler. Originally aired Feb. 24, 2007.
Christoph Eschenbach: The Philadelphia Orchestra's music director.
River Of Gold: Pre-Columbian Treasures from Sitio Conte, an exhibition at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology showcasing artifacts discovered during the 1940 Penn excavation of a Panama cemetery
The job of a playwright (part of a continuing theater series) featuring Philly writers Thomas Gibbons, Bruce Graham, and Michael Hollinger.
Featuring: Director Anne d'Harnoncourt on the Museum's largest expansion; a history of the 150-year-old Museum and its collections; a tour of the new Perelman Building, including galleries devoted to photography, costumes and textiles, and modern and contemporary design; renowned Perelman architect Richard Gluckman on the Art Deco building.
Jill's guest is the mesmerizing Russian-born pianist Evgeny Kissin. Hailed as one of the outstanding artists of our time, the 2006 Grammy Award winner speaks with Jill about his career and one of his newest releases, a live recording of his all-Chopin program from the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. Originally aired on April 21, 2007.
Jason Vieaux is one of today's most acclaimed and inventive classical guitarists. A top-prize winner in the 1996 Naumburg International Competition, Vieaux was also a 1995 artistic ambassador for the U.S. to Southeast Asia. Hear selections from his latest release Images of Metheny. Originally aired on April 8, 2006.