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11:30 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Woodmere's Annual Juried Exhibition Taps Into Regional Traditions

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.

Hear more of Jim Cotter's interview with Woodmere Art Museum Director Bill Valerio.

Where Music Lives
6:56 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Where Music Lives: High Above The Banks Of The Schuylkill In Laurel Hill Mansion

Laurel Hill Mansion

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.

Summer Schedule:

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: bfrankl433@comcast.net

Excerpts of an interview with Alma Jacobs, chair of Women for Greater Philadelphia and Barbara Frankl co-chair of the organization’s Concerts by Candlelight about the the summer series.

Let us know Where Music Lives in your community! Add your ideas in the comments section here and check out our other Where Music Lives posts.

Creatively Speaking
7:43 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Mozart, Beethoven, Dohnanyi, and Philadelphia

Christoph von Dohnanyi

WRTI will broadcast a Philadelphia Orchestra performance of music of Mozart and Beethoven this Sunday, highlighting some musical connections between these two masters. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, on the podium will be Christoph von Dohnanyi who has a longtime connection with the Philadelphians.  

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Creatively Speaking
3:45 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

A Philadelphia Favorite: Composer Jennifer Higdon

Composer Jennifer Higdon with Beau.

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. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns considers Jennifer Higdon's early development as a composer.
Jim Cotter explores how Philadelphia has influenced Jennifer Higdon's career.

Where Music Lives
3:17 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Where Music Lives: At the Water's Edge

Phyllis Chapell

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. 

Susan’s interview with Phylliss Chapell.

Information about Phyllis Chapell's upcoming live performances in the region.
 

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Creatively Speaking
8:31 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Marian Anderson's Philadelphia Legacy

Marian Anderson at Lincoln Memorial in 1939

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.

Creatively Speaking
8:23 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Philadelphia Celebrates Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly

The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia is part of worldwide celebrations of a landmark birthday for one of America’s greatest living artists. WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports.

Creatively Speaking
8:16 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Yannick Looks Ahead To The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2013-14 Season

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.

Listen to a more detailed interview with Yannick about some of the highlights of The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2013-14 season.

Where Music Lives
7:17 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Where Music Lives: In A Jazz Past Resurrected

Looking south down 12th St. from Jefferson, 1951. John Coltrane’s apartment at 1450 N. 12th St. was on the right of the street, probably in the foreground
Phillyhistory.org City of Philadelphia, Department of Records

Philadelphia's jazz roots live in all quarters of the city. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston tracks the telltale signs of the city's jazz past, through a digital endeavor.

A worldwide and community-based history project, All That Philly Jazz aims to keep alive Philadelphia’s contribution to the nation’s unique art form. It's mapping Philadelphia's rich jazz legacy through crowdsourcing, featuring stories, information, and contributions from jazz lovers and listeners, performers, experts and non-experts alike. The All That Philly Jazz map is here. Watch the map take shape and learn more about breathing life into this walk through the city’s jazz history.

Meridee Duddleston meets All That Philly Jazz's Faye Anderson on at Broad and Lombard Streets - a spot once bustling with jazz traffic from two jazz clubs, a theater and a hotel, where performers stayed.

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Creatively Speaking
1:13 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Jeffrey Rosen On The Importance of Constitutional Conversations

National Constitution Center's new President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia has an important role to play in 21st-century public discourse. That’s the view of its new president and CEO. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

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