David Finckel was a member of the Emerson Quartet for over 30 years. In that time, the ensemble garnered a reputation as one of the world’s finest chamber ensembles. As the celebrated cellist leaves the group behind, WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports that it - and he - will endure.
Philadelphia is world renowned for its role in the birth of America. But the city has a rich history from before and after that time. Professional tour guides play an integral part in sharing Philadelphia's stories with thousands of visitors each year..and there are many stories to tell.
Music lives high in the sky. One of the largest musical instruments is also among the most public. WRTI’s Susan Lewis considers carillons and their bells, which are ringing out in summer concert series all over the greater Philadelphia region.
All of the performances take place at the Chimes tower
May 12, Stephen Schreiber
May 19, Lisa Lonie
June 23, Lisa Lonie and Janet Tebbel
June 30, Julianne Vander Wyngaard
July 7, Gerard de Waardt
July 21, Sally Harwood
July 28, Linda Dzuris
August 4, Daniel Kehoe
August 18, John Widmann
August 25, Gordon Slater
September 1, Ellen Dickinson
September 8, Janet Tebbel
September 15, Doug Gefvert
Philadelphia, First United Methodist Church of Germantown, Shelmerdine Memorial Carillon - Mondays at 7:30 pm
June 24, Janet Tebbel
July 1, Julianne VandenWyngaard
July 8, Gerard de Waardt
July 15, Lisa Lonie and Janet Tebbel, duo carillonneurs
Valley Forge, Washington Memorial Chapel, Washington Memorial National Carillon - Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
July 3, Julianne Vanden Wyngaard
July 10, Gerard de Waardt
July 17, Janet Tebbel-Lisa Lonie Duo
July 24, Sally Harwood
July 31, Linda Dzuris
August 7, Daniel K. Kehoe
August 14, Music of the British Isles, Irish Thunder Pipes and Drums
August 21, Gordon Slater
August 28, Doug Gefvert
Princeton, Princeton University, Grover Cleveland Tower, The Class of 1892 Bells Sundays at 1 pm July 7 - Julianne vanden Wyngaard July 14 - Gerard DeWaardt July 21- Lisa Lonie July 28 - Sally Harwood August 5 - Linda Dzuris August 11 - Doug Gefvert August 18 - Gordon Slater August 25 - Tebbel/Lonie Duo Sept 1 - Anton Fleissner
The musical Hair opened on Broadway, and 2001: A Space Odyssey was at the movies. It was also in 1968 that Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, and 14,000 American military personnel died in Vietnam.
George Frideric Handel was born in Germany in 1685, and moved to Britain as a young man. He spent his most productive years there, and became a naturalized British subject in his early 40s. His now-famous Water Music suites,commissioned for King George I for a ceremonial boat ride on the River Thames in London, were first performed during the summer of 1717.
Five years later, Water Music was brought inside to London’s Stationers' Hall. But whether the audience heard just a portion, or the entire hour-long work, remains a mystery. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston puts the well-known Baroque piece into perspective.
Andre Watts is among the most popular soloists with Philadelphia Orchestra audiences. WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports that the pianist, who celebrated his 67th birthday this month, has been performing with the orchestra of his adopted hometown for almost his entire lifetime.
Ars Nova means “New Art." And for over a dozen years, Ars Nova Workshop in Philadelphia has been presenting musicians performing jazz and experimental music in interesting venues. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, promoting new music is in keeping with Philadelphia’s rich musical history.
Coming up:Monday, June 24th at 8 pm, jazz pianist Uri Caine performs the second Masada book - "The Book Of Angels" - by composer John Zorn in a 19th-century storefront synagogue in South Philadelphia - Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel.
On Sunday, June 23 at 2 pm, WRTI’s broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert features a world-renowned singer who is at home in many genres. Simon Rattle leads the Philadelphians in a program that features soprano Barbara Hannigan singing Berg’s Three Fragments from Wozzeck, and Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre. While Hannigan’s repertoire includes a wide range of classical masters, she’s become especially renowned for her innovative performances of contemporary music.
The concert also includes Webern’s Passacaglia and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6.
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.