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.
Peter Levinson, author of Tommy Dorsey: Livin' in a Great Big Way, chats with Jill about swing legend and big-band leader, Tommy Dorsey. Dorsey, and his brother Jimmy, helped define American pop music from the '20s to the '50s. You'll also hear rare recordings of the Dorsey Orchestra. Originally aired on May 27, 2006.
The charming duo Coco Soleil and Christiana Gallagher deliver a combination of sophisticated, yet naive, French vocal selections from the renaissance to modern day, with guitar and percussion. Originally aired November 4, 2006.
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.