Meridee Duddleston

News Reporter, Arts & Culture Reporter

Meridee began reporting in the newsroom at WRTI in 2003 while working toward a master's degree in journalism at Temple University.  Since that time, her duties have expanded to news anchor and contributor to WRTI's arts and culture series, Creatively Speaking.

A graduate of Hamline University School of Law, Meridee grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and practiced law before making a major leap into the world of journalism. She also holds a graduate degree from New York University School of Law and received a B.A in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

In 2011, Meridee was recognized for outstanding public affairs reporting by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcaster's Association (PAPBA) with awards for two News & Views stories. She received 1st place for "Baby Boomers Becoming Seniors: A Growing Population in Philadelphia," and 2nd place for "TUNE UP PHILLY: Classical Music Instruction as a Vehicle for Social Change."

Meridee can be heard weekday mornings between 6 and 10 am.

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Creatively Speaking
7:16 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Science Of Jazz: A Mapping App Merges Art And Technology

Dr. Youngmoo Kim, director of Drexel University’s Expressive & Creative Technologies Center (ExCITe)

A smartphone app developed at Drexel University deconstructs music into discernible elements like tone, intensity, and rhythm, and facilitates a fuller way of experiencing a live performance. Drexel University’s Expressive & Creative Technologies Center (ExCITe) uses the “Science of Jazz” app to translate some of what’s measurable about music into visual form.  

Microphones capture sound and the app transforms it to images in real time: one for how sound waves reach different parts of a concert hall, another to approximate which notes musicians are playing on their instruments, and another to depict the pitch and intensity of each instrument.

Dr. Youngmoo Kim, ExCITe’s director, is behind the app, which he says makes the live concert more educational and meaningful. Limited to the iPhone - and used only for jazz performances so far - see how it works: 


 

 Audio FileIn these excerpts of Meridee Duddleston’s interview with Dr. Kim he describes synergy between art and science and creates a word picture of how the “Science of Jazz” Iphone app works. It was first demonstrated during a jazz concert at the Philadelphia Science Festival in 2012 and was further refined for another concert in 2013.Edit | Remove

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Where Music Lives
10:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Where Music Lives: At The Shore, Equidistant Between Philadelphia And NYC

Anthony LaGruth is artistic director of the Garden State Philharmonic

Music lives in Ocean County, New Jersey where the Garden State Philharmonic opens its arms to existing and future generations of music lovers, forging a classical path between the metropolises of Philadelphia and New York City.  Anthony LaGruth is the artistic director and conductor of the orchestra-in-residence at Ocean County College in Toms River, New Jersey.  The ensemble opens its new season on November 16th with Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony at the historic Strand Theatre in Lakewood.


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Where Music Lives
6:56 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Where Music Lives: High Above The Banks Of The Schuylkill In Laurel Hill Mansion

Laurel Hill Mansion

Among the seven historic homes in Fairmount Park that served as summer homes for the wealthy, only one is a regular venue for the kind of music their original inhabitants might have enjoyed. Chamber music lives at Laurel Hill Mansion where about 60 people can sit in an intimate room where the Concerts by Candlelight take place each June, July and August, and listen to music salon style. 

The musicians perform at the end of a beautiful room with a high ceiling and three tall windows overlooking the water.  The five-concert chamber series, founded in 1976, is run by the Woman for Greater Philadelphia, which maintains the East Fairmount Park mansion in Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood.

All concerts are on Sunday evenings at 7 pm. Refreshments are also served.

Summer Schedule:

July 21 – La Fiocco
July 28 – The Copeland Quartet
August 4 – The Wister Quartet
August 25 – Allen Krantz, guitar; Shannon Lee, violin
Tickets are $20.  For more information and reservations contact: Barbara Frankl, 215-643-7923, or send her an email: bfrankl433@comcast.net

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Creatively Speaking
3:45 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

A Philadelphia Favorite: Composer Jennifer Higdon

Composer Jennifer Higdon with Beau.

Philadelphia’s Jennifer Higdon is among the most-frequently performed living American composers. Her works have been performed around the world and recorded on dozens of CDs. Higdon received a Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2010 for her Violin Concerto, a composition written for violinist Hilary Hahn and first performed by Hahn and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2009. 

The prolific Higdon is in the process of adding an opera to her extensive repertoire. The joint commission of The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Philadelphia is based on Charles Frazier’s Civil War novel Cold Mountain. It's scheduled to open in Santa Fe in 2015, followed by an East Coast premiere at the Academy of Music in February 2016. 

Where Music Lives
7:17 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Where Music Lives: In A Jazz Past Resurrected

Looking south down 12th St. from Jefferson, 1951. John Coltrane’s apartment at 1450 N. 12th St. was on the right of the street, probably in the foreground
Phillyhistory.org City of Philadelphia, Department of Records

Philadelphia's jazz roots live in all quarters of the city. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston tracks the telltale signs of the city's jazz past, through a digital endeavor.

A worldwide and community-based history project, All That Philly Jazz aims to keep alive Philadelphia’s contribution to the nation’s unique art form. It's mapping Philadelphia's rich jazz legacy through crowdsourcing, featuring stories, information, and contributions from jazz lovers and listeners, performers, experts and non-experts alike. The All That Philly Jazz map is here. Watch the map take shape and learn more about breathing life into this walk through the city’s jazz history.

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Creatively Speaking
5:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

What Do You Know About Handel's Water Music?

George Frideric Handel was born in Germany in 1685, and moved to Britain as a young man. He spent his most productive years there, and became a naturalized British subject in his early 40s.  His now-famous Water Music suites, commissioned for King George I for a ceremonial boat ride on the River Thames in London, were first performed during the summer of 1717. 

Five years later, Water Music was brought inside to London’s Stationers' Hall. But whether the audience heard just a portion, or the entire hour-long work, remains a mystery. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston puts the well-known Baroque piece into perspective.


Where Music Lives
6:26 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Where Music Lives: At Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church In Washington Township, NJ

Martha Frampton is president of Music at Bunker Hill, founded in 2008.

Music Lives in Gloucester County, New Jersey, where WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston finds a concert series that focuses on bringing music to a previously underserved community.

A concert series in southern New Jersey’s Washington Township attracts top-notch performers from the region, across the river, New York, and all around.  The Music at Bunker Hill concerts take place in a church built on a high point in Gloucester County.

Starting with three concerts, the program has steadily grown.  Having just completed its fifth season, the Sunday series stands out as a breath of fresh air. The sanctuary of Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church is the venue for Music at Bunker Hill, and it's Where Music Lives.

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Where Music Lives
8:26 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Where Music Lives: At LaRose Jazz Club and Wherever You Find Tony Williams

Tony Williams

Music lives at LaRose Jazz Club in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. That's where sax player and local jazz legend Tony Williams has a steady Monday night gig. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston spends time with Tony Williams - now in his 80s - and finds out how this mainstay of the Philadelphia jazz scene keeps it fresh today and pursues his vision for tomorrow.

For over 35 years, Williams' Mount Airy Cultural Center has built a bridge to the next generation - through jazz. The 2013 Tony Williams Scholarship Jazz Festival is scheduled for Friday August 30th to Monday September 2nd.

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Where Music Lives
8:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Music Lives In David Michie's Charming Violin Shop Off Rittenhouse Square

Music lives in a quaint, historic building on Philadelphia’s Locust Street, just a few doors down from the Curtis Institute of Music, where David Michie restores and sells violins and bows, drawing virtuoso musicians from far and wide. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston paid a visit to this master craftsman.

Michie has much to say about the importance of a high-quality bow. "What the Italians were to string instruments, the French were to bows," he explains. In the 1800s, large blocks of wood from the pernambuco tree were used as ballast in ships making their way from Brazil to France.  And Francois Tourte, who developed the modern bow and is considered the “Stradavarius of bow makers,” took to the wood and started using it. Pernambuco is now an endangered species whose export is restricted. Although carbon fiber and other substitutes are now in the mix, Michie says nothing beats a bow made of pernambuco wood from Brazil. Here's the website for David Michie Violins.

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Where Music Lives
10:10 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Music Lives In The Voices Of The Greater South Jersey Chorus

What does it take to make a chorus come together?  The pressure of an impending performance?  The skill and sensibility of a conductor? The intrinsic beauty of the music? WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston stopped by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill for a rehearsal of the Greater South Jersey Chorus as it strives for perfection.

This Saturday evening, May 18th at 8 pm, The Greater South Jersey Chorus performs Spotlight, a program of choruses and songs from opera, stage, and screen. The concert will be performed at The Roman Catholic Church of St. Isaac Jogues in Marlton.  More information about the concert.

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