A musician’s understanding of his artistry often deepens over time. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston gets a perspective from a jazz man who’s performed for over a half century. Guitarist and vocalist Jimi Odell has been called one of Philadelphia’s best-kept secrets. And even though he wasn’t born here, local jazz buffs proudly claim him as their own. Now in his '80s, Odell bought himself a guitar and an instruction book when he was 19. Looking back he says it’s not an easy instrument to master.
After injuring his hands, Philadelphia jazz pianist Jimmy Amadie stopped playing for decades. But a CD released this year documents his return to the concert stage, playing live at Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Check out the CD here!
Pianist Yefim Bronfman speaks with Susan Lewis about the genius of Beethoven.
A celebrated pianist continues to explore the genius of Beethoven’s piano concertos. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the fourth concerto remains one of the most intriguing masterpieces in the piano repertoire.
Listen to Susan's interview with Yefim Bronfman this Sunday afternoon, November 24 when WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra concert broadcast features Bronfman playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Also on the program is Shostakovich’s 11th symphony. Semyon Byshkov conducts.
A prominent Philadelphia art museum in Chestnut Hill is moving ahead with expansion plans. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, a meeting with local community members this week will help shape the future of the institution.
Beethoven and Shostakovich grew up in different countries in different centuries. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a renowned Russian conductor, leading The Philadelphia Orchestra on this week’s concert broadcast, finds a great affinity between the two musical giants.
Sunday afternoon, November 24, 2013, on WRTI, Semyon Byshkov leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of Shostakovich’s 11th Symphony and Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto, with Yefim Bronfman as soloist. Susan will interview Maestro Semyon Byshkov at Intermission about Shostakovich's 11th Symphony.
The artistry and athleticism of the ballet dancer can soar with a well-fitting pointe shoe. On a given weekend, members of three generations of the Jenkins family might be on the scene at The Rosin Box, a jewel-like shop on Sansom Street in Philadelphia, just a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square, where ballet slippers and pointe shoes are sold - and, where music lives.
Dave and Angela Jenkins opened this niche business in 1977, and it has remained family-owned and operated since. Their son Len Jenkins spoke with WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston about this facet of dance that contributes to the beauty we see on the stage.
Her story is, in its way, a great American immigrant’s tale: the Italian-born, American violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s career continues to evolve in ways that no one could have predicted. WRTI’s Jim Cotter profiles an artist who has spent most of her life in the spotlight.
There's music on South Broad Street - and not just in concert halls. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Wilma Theater is home to BalletX, a company that continues to use music and dance to push the boundaries of classical forms.
Listen to Susan's interview with Christine Cox, co-artistic and executive director of BalletX.
BalletX's fall series at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia runs from November 20th to November 24th, and features three world premieres by Adam Barruch, Gabrielle Lamb, and Matthew Neenan. Details here.
This Sunday’s broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra, on November 17th at 1 pm, features a celebrated oboe concerto by Richard Strauss. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the 1945 work has a Philadelphia connection.
The concert features Mahler's 4th Symphony, Britten's Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, and the Strauss Oboe Concerto with soloist Richard Woodhams.