Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA)

AVA on WRTI
6:57 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Academy of Vocal Arts: L'elisir d'amore on May 6th at 2 pm

Tune in on for a special treat on Sunday, May 6th from 2 to 5 pm - Donizetti's lighthearted comedy The Elixir of Love, featuring the opera stars of the future singing this charming bel canto favorite - which includes the famous aria "Una furtiva lagrima."

This production is set at the end of World War II in Southern Italy, 1945.  The war is nearly over and love is in the air! Beautiful and rich, Adina, the village librarian is pursued by a handsome soldier and adored from afar by the lowly library caretaker. Will a magic potion even the odds?   

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Creatively Speaking
11:42 am
Sat April 30, 2011

AVA Resident Artist Michelle Johnson--Smartphone Public Art--Lenape Exhibition at Penn Museum

David Patrick Stearns profiles soprano Michelle Johnson. The Metropolitan Opera 2011 National Council Audition Winner sings Donna Anna in the Academy of Vocal Arts' production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, opening on Saturday, April 30th.

Eric Brannon considers a Philadelphia public art exhibition viewable only through the screens of smartphones.

Susan Lewis takes us to the Penn Museum's exhibition about generations of Pennsylvanians who kept their Lenape identity secret for two centuries.

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Crossover
4:01 pm
Sat November 6, 2010

Composer Margaret Garwood

Philadelphia composer Margaret Garwood is Jill Pasternak's guest this week on Crossover. Her opera The Scarlet Letter receives its world premiere by the Academy of Vocal Arts on November 19th, 2010 at the Merriam Theater. In this interview with Jill, Ms. Garwood shares highlights of her composing career, and insights into her musical style.

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Creatively Speaking
2:05 pm
Sat March 27, 2010

AVA Music Dir. Christofer Macatsoris--Jazz Composer Bill Cunliffe--Philagrafika--Artist Duke Riley

Academy of Vocal Arts Music Director Christofer Macatsoris

David Patrick Stearns profiles conductor Christofer Macatsoris, the music director of the Academy of Vocal Arts. AVA is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Jim Cotter speaks with Grammy Award-winning composer Bill Cunliffe. The Temple University Symphony Orchestra performs his fourth stream...La Banda at Lincoln Center on April 9, 2010.

Susan Lewis looks at Philagrafika 2010, a festival in multiple locations around Philadelphia celebrating the role of print in contemporary art.

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Creatively Speaking
11:01 am
Sat November 7, 2009

Tito Capobianco at AVA--The Mischianza--Pyle Show at DAM-Bringing TU Students to Cultural Venues

Illustrating Her World: Ellen B. T. Pyle at the Delaware Art Museum is on view until January 3, 2010.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to an Academy of Vocal Arts production of Verdi's Falstaff with the legendary Met Opera stage director Tito Capobianco at the helm.

In the first of a year-long exploration of overlooked events in local history, Tom Keels explores the Mischianza - a city-wide party held in Philadelphia during the American War of Independence.

Susan Lewis visits a Delaware Art Museum exhibition exploring the art of Ellen B.T. Pyle, a popular cover artist for The Saturday Evening Post during the '20s and '30s.

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Crossover
1:09 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

Preview of Academy of Vocal Arts Season

Join Jill Pasternak and her guests from the Academy of Vocal Arts for a sneak-peak into their 2009/2010 season of operatic performances. Guests include AVA Music Director and Maestro Christofer Macatsoris, AVA President Keven MacDowell, and Master Vocal Coach David Lofton. A surprise is also in store for WRTI listeners!

Highlights of the season include the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition in October, Verdi's Falstaff in November, An Evening of Russian Romances in December, and La Boheme in May.

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Crossover
9:43 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Maestro Christofer Macatsoris

Maestro Christofer Macatsoris

Music Director of The Academy of Vocal Arts since 1977, Maestro Macatsoris began his conducting career in Italy at the Conservatory in Milan. He went on to study conducting privately with such famed maestri as Fausto Cleva, Max Rudolf, and Tullio Serafin, and studied composition with Vincent Persichetti. Among his many performance credits are appearances with Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company, Pennsylvania Opera Company, San Francisco Opera Center, and numerous regional opera companies.

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Creatively Speaking
2:19 pm
Wed October 29, 2008

A is for Art Museum--Arts & Quality of Life Research Center--Unusual Acts of Devotion--Angela Meade

A is for Art Museum, by the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Katy Friedland and Marla Shoemaker

Jim Cotter speaks with with Katy Friedland and Marla K. Shoemaker, authors of a new children's book A is for Art Museum. We'll also drop in on an art program for pre-schoolers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Susan Lewis looks at Temple University's Arts and Quality of Life Research Center, where researchers are working to demonstrate links between the arts and physical well being.

Jason Peifer speaks with members of the Philadelphia Theatre Company and playwright Terrence McNally about his latest drama Unusual Acts of Devotion.

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Creatively Speaking
11:55 am
Thu March 27, 2008

Rudolf Buchbinder--The Clay Studio--Nina Jablonski and The Evolution of Skin Color--Joyce DiDonato

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder

Jim Cotter speaks with pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.  He performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Susan Lewis takes us to The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, a regional hub for ceramics education, creation, and exhibition.

A conversation with anthropologist Nina Jablonski.  She lectures about The Evolution of Human Skin Color at the Wagner Free Institute of Science on Saturday.

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Creatively Speaking
11:51 am
Sat October 14, 2006

Joyce El-Khoury

This week, a conversation with Joyce El-Khoury. the first year Academy of Vocal Arts resident artist is the winner of this year's Giargiari & Son, Bel Canto Competition; As the second and final weekend of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours approaches, Susan Lewis talks to artists about making art -- and visits them in the spaces where they create it; Jason Peifer visits the touring company of Dublin's Gate Theatre. As part of their Samuel Beckett Centenary Festival, they're staging Waiting for Godot in Philadelphia.

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