Big revelations sometimes come in unassuming packages. Little did Temple University harpsichordist Joyce Lindorff know when she spent a month at historic Williamsburg, Virginia studying parlor music from colonial times - and on the instruments that were played - that she would come out with new ways of playing and hearing, and that it would be so much fun. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports.
Anyone who has ever attended a local sports event knows that Philadelphians love their beer. But what’s less well understood is the role that Philadelphia brewers, many of whom were German immigrants, played in the social and economic development of the city during the 1800s. WRTI's Jim Cotter reports.
The Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill has an enviable collection of art in the realist tradition, from the 1800s to the present. It also has a renowned annual juried show which, this year, as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, is dedicated to local, cutting-edge art.
In Front of Strangers, I Sing: The 72nd Annual Woodmere Museum Juried Exhibition curated by Dona Nelson and Rubens Genoff runs through September 1, 2013.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Music lives at The Fairmount Water Works, where a Philadelphia-area jazz singer is featured in a short film about the water. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, Phyllis Chapell finds that music is one way to highlight environmental issues.
The short film, AEIOU-Water, is shown Sundays at the Fairmount Water Works.
Motown founder and songwriter Berry Gordy is this year’s Marian Anderson Award honoree. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the Philadelphia-born opera superstar for whom the award is named, was renowned for her humility and her humanity.
His name is Yannick Nezet-Seguin, but in a New York Times profile, he was nicknamed Mighty Mouse by the opera star Joyce DiDonato. After all, he seems to have saved the day more than once for The Philadelphia Orchestra. And, as David Patrick Stearns reports, he hopes to continue to do so in the upcoming season.