Jill Pasternak talks with world-renowned saxophonist and three-time Grammy winner Branford Marsalis. They discuss his latest recording, Braggtown, as well as his involvement with the Habitat for Humanity Musicians' Village in his hometown of New Orleans.
Considered by many to be the greatest tenor of his time, Luciano Pavarotti, "King of the High C's," died at age 71 in September 2007. Jill Pasternak and Jack Moore examine the life and career of the opera superstar.
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.