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Alisa Weilerstein and The Elgar Cello Concerto: Her Way

Dec 15, 2012

David Patrick Stearns profiles American cellist Alisa Weilerstein. She’s in town to perform the iconic Elgar cello concerto with The Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

Gianandrea Noseda Takes Philadelphia Orchestra Sound Back In Time

Dec 11, 2012

If anybody knows Rachmaninoff, it’s The Philadelphia Orchestra. The ensemble inspired the composer  to write his final orchestral work: the Symphonic Dances, and collaborated with him intensively until his death in 1943. Since then, the Orchestra has maintained an unbroken tradition of performing works by Rachmaninoff, from the eras of Eugene Ormandy through Charles Dutoit. 

The esteemed Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda, who has the trust and affection of the musicians from past guest engagements, recently conducted Rachmaninoff at the Kimmel Center. The conductor brought to these performances the rediscovery of a sound from which the orchestra has perhaps drifted. As The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, Noseda may just about be out-Ormandying Eugene Ormandy.

Pianist Seymour Lipkin: Still Scaling Artistic Heights

Nov 24, 2012

The Philadelphia Inquirer's ’s David Patrick Stearns profiles Seymour Lipkin, a pianist who - in his mid 80s -  is taking on Beethoven's massive Hammerklavier sonata, among other daunting musical feats.

WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the life and work of George Gershwin, and one of  the great 20th-century master’s signature works, Rhapsody in Blue.

Composer Michael Hersch

Jan 25, 2012

David Patrick Stearns speaks with the Philadelphia-based composer Michael Hersch.

The violinist talks about the waves and troughs of his career.

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