We've all seen the "Drama And Comedy" masks meant to depict the full range of emotions that entertainment causes us to feel. This week's Crossover could certainly use those masks as a trademark.
The "Drama" portion of the program deals with a documentary receiving its world premiere on PBS (WHYY in Philadelphia) on April 14th at 10 pm. It's the story of acclaimed Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, who, during the Nazi rise to power in the 1930s, used his prominence and clout to bring some of the best Jewish musicians into what was then Palestine, to create what eventually became the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The documentary is called Orchestra of Exiles by Joshua Aronson, and Jill speaks with him about this powerful film and the story it tells: the real-life drama of trying to preserve Jewish music, culture, and life during the Nazi regime. Jill also plays recordings of Huberman's work as a celebrated musician in his own right.
Then, it's the "Comedy" portion of the program, when Jill speaks with Ken Baker, artistic director of the Bristol Riverside Theater. The theater's current production is Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, which runs at BRT through April 28th. They'll talk about the show, the theater, and what's next for BRT over the next year or so, with music from Pirates punctuating the conversation.
Join us for Crossover, Saturday mornings at 11:30 am on WRTI-FM and the All-Classical stream at wrti.org, with an encore Friday evenings at 7 pm on HD-2 and the All-Classical stream.