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Creatively Speaking
12:01 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Neither Shy Nor Retiring: Garrick Ohlsson Plays On

WRTI's Jim Cotter backstage at the Kimmel Center with Garrick Ohlsson last April.

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson recently celebrated a landmark birthday, one that in the past might have qualified him for “golden years” status.  But as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the one-time child prodigy continues to look forward.

This Sunday afternoon on WRTI, Garrick Ohlsson plays Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 in concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra. The program, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, also features works by Richard Strauss.

Listen to Jim Cotter's interview with pianist Garrick Ohlsson

Where Music Lives
11:20 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Music Lessons On Rittenhouse Square: At Curtis And Way Beyond!

A view of Curtis from Rittenhouse Square

Music lives, as it has for decades, on Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. And now - as the Curtis Institute of Music works with a company that distributes free classes through the Internet - world-class instruction will be available throughout the world. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the renowned conservatory is offering two pilot classes to audiences everywhere a computer and Internet access can be found. Coursera is making this happen.

Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas launches September 3rd.  From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance, launches October 1st .

Listen to Susan's interview with pianist Jonathan Biss about his course, Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, which launches September 3, 2013.

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Creatively Speaking
12:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

The Secretive Correspondence Between Tchaikovsky And Countess Nadezhda von Meck

Countess von Meck (1831—1894) supported Tchaikovsky for 13 years, but they never met.

Penn Music History Professor Jeffrey Kallberg talks to Susan Lewis about Tchaikovsky's secret correspondence with a patron, Countess von Meck.

WRTI's upcoming broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert features Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, insights into the work have come from the composer’s correspondence with a secretive patron.

Listen on Sunday, July 28th, 2 to 4 pm. The program also includes music by Wagner and Christopher Rousee.

Listen to Susan’s interview with University of Pennsylvania Professor of Music History Jeffrey Kallberg.

Creatively Speaking
12:13 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

The Independence Seaport Museum: Telling History And Promoting A Vital Resource

Summer draws people to the water, but Philadelphia’s rivers are important to city residents year round. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, that’s the message of the Independence Seaport Museum, on the Delaware River at Penn's Landing.

The Independence Seaport Museum is open daily, with extended hours Thursday through Saturday during the summer. Tides of Freedom, an exhibition now at the Seaport Museum through 2015, tells of the role of the river in the African-American experience.

Listen to Susan's interview with Museum President John Brady.

Where Music Lives
10:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Where Music Lives: At The Shore, Equidistant Between Philadelphia And NYC

Anthony LaGruth is artistic director of the Garden State Philharmonic

Music lives in Ocean County, New Jersey where the Garden State Philharmonic opens its arms to existing and future generations of music lovers, forging a classical path between the metropolises of Philadelphia and New York City.  Anthony LaGruth is the artistic director and conductor of the orchestra-in-residence at Ocean County College in Toms River, New Jersey.  The ensemble opens its new season on November 16th with Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony at the historic Strand Theatre in Lakewood.

Excerpts of Meridee Duddleston’s interview with Anthony LaGruth.

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Creatively Speaking
6:56 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Esa-Pekka Salonen: A 21st-Century Conductor And Composer

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen is best known for his fruitful 17-year tenure as the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, now led by Gustavo Dudamel. Together, with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, Salonen is credited with putting the West Coast on the classical music map in an entirely new way. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the conductor will return to LA's Disney Hall later this year.

Creatively Speaking
6:38 am
Mon July 22, 2013

A Civil War-Era Artist Who Battled Disability

William Trego in his studio in 1899 with "The Rescue of the Colors"
Mercer Museum/Bucks County Historical Society

Pennsylvania has been the birthplace of many well-regarded painters, including artists such as Thomas Eakins, Benjamin West, and Wharton Esherick. 

However, mention the name William T. Trego and you’ll likely be met with blank stares. WRTI’s Jim Cotter reflects on one of Pennsylvania’s lesser-known masters.  William T. Trego Catalogue at the James A. Michener Art Museum.

Creatively Speaking
6:33 am
Mon July 22, 2013

The Strad: Great Or Just Very Good?

Gil Shaham plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius.

Nearly 300 years after the death of Antonio Stadivarius, the classical music world is paying up more and more millions for his violins.  And audiences attend concerts advertised more for their instruments than those playing them.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns asks: should fiddles be calling the tunes?

Creatively Speaking
7:23 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Continually Collecting: The Philadelphia Museum Of Art's Wide Range Of Works

Flowers, 1964. Andy Warhol, American, 1928 - 1987. Screenprint on canvas, 24 x 24 x 1 inches. Partial and promised gift of Anne d'Harnoncourt and Joseph Rishel in memory of Sarah Carr d'Harnoncourt, 2001. © Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Over the years, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection has grown to as many as 250 thousand objects.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a special exhibition highlights recent acquisitions that reflect the variety of the museum’s holdings.

First Look: Collecting for Philadelphia runs through September 8th. In addition to the approximately 125 objects on view in the First Look gallery, several hundred other new acquisitions on view in the permanent galleries are identified with First Look labels.

Philadelphia Museum of Art First Look Co-Curator Alice Beamesderfer speaks with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Creatively Speaking
7:38 am
Tue July 16, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra Gets Romantic

Anton Bruckner

WRTI’s concert broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra on Sunday, July 21, 2013 features the music of two Romantic Viennese masters.  WRTI’s Susan Lewis talks with concertmaster David Kim about how the symphonies of Franz Schubert and Anton Bruckner bring out the famous Philadelphia sound, and about the interpretation of guest conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi. 

Listen to this Sunday’s WRTI concert broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra at 2 pm, which will include an interview at Intermission with concertmaster David Kim.

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