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6:55 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Ars Nova Workshop: Keeping Jazz and Experimental Music Alive in Philadelphia

Billy Hart Quartet, featuring Mark Turner: tenor saxophone; Ethan Iverson: piano; Ben Street: bass; Billy Hart: drums

Ars Nova means “New Art,” and for over a dozen years, Ars Nova Workshop has been presenting musicians performing jazz and experimental music in Philadelphia. Susan Lewis reports on how promoting new music is in keeping with the City's rich musical history. 

Coming up on Wednesday, March 20th at 8 pm...Ars Nova Workshop presents The Billy Hart Quartet at the Philadelphia Art Alliance on Rittenhouse Square in Center City, Philadelphia.


Creatively Speaking
6:05 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Where Music Lives: At Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square

The Vienna Boys Choir

Music lives among the flowers at Longwood Gardens in Chester County. As Susan Lewis reports, the performing arts have always had a home at this estate-turned-botanical garden, which spans over a thousand acres with woodlands, meadows, fountains, and, of course … gardens: 20 outside and 20 in its four-acre conservatory.

Coming up at Longwood Gardens: The Vienna Boys Choir on Thursday, March 7th. Organist David Schelat on Sunday, March 10th.

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
6:01 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Jail Was Heat. Purvis Young, American, 1943-2010. Paint on weathered Masonite with nailed-on pieces of various types of weathered scrap wood, 43 x 34 inches. Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection
Philadelphia Museum of Art

The term "outsider art" came into use in the early 1970s from a French description for unrefined art. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the preferred term today is “self-taught,” and a single collection of such work is the focus of a new, major exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

The Kimmel Center Prepares For Travels In Time

Construction begins on The Time Machine that will be the centerpiece of PIFA 2013.

When the first Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) ended in May of 2011, no one knew for sure if there would be a second one. But now, as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the city is preparing for PIFA 2013, a journey through time, which runs from March 28th to April 27th.

Creatively Speaking
1:43 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Yannick's Connection With Anton Bruckner

On The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert - a new weekly radio series on WRTI - Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin takes to the podium to conduct a symphony by one of the composers who is closest to him.  WRTI’s Jim Cotter has more.


Creatively Speaking
12:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

All About Gioachino Rossini

Gioachino Rossini was born the last day of February in 1792. WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at the life and legacy of this prolific and celebrated operatic composer whose memorable melodies endure today.

Creatively Speaking
11:38 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Yannick Shares Highlights of The Philadelphia Orchestra 2013-14 Season

Yannick Nezet-Seguin has been dubbed The Philadelphia Orchestra's "Mighty Mouse" by Joyce DiDonato

His name is Yannick Nezet-Seguin, but in a New York Times profile recently, he was nicknamed "Mighty Mouse" by the opera star Joyce DiDonato.

After all, he's been saving the day for the recently distressed Philadelphia Orchestra. And, as The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports, he hopes to continue to do so in the upcoming 2013-2014 season.


Creatively Speaking
10:11 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Nurturing Outstanding Musical Talent in Philadelphia Schools

Don Liuzzi

Philadelphia’s All-City Orchestra has brought together talented music students from city high schools for over 60 years,. Its alumni include musicians in orchestras around the country. Students are learning from some of the best in the business, starting with their director, Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Timpani Don Liuzzi.

The annual All-Philadelphia High School Music Festival takes place on Monday March 4th at the Kimmel Center. The Philadelphia Orchestra performs the Shostakovich 5th Symphony on March 1st. 


Creatively Speaking
9:51 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Remembering A Philadelphia-Born Opera Legend

Marian Anderson at Lincoln Memorial in 1939

This week, we celebrate the birthday of Marian Anderson. The opera superstar was born in Philadelphia in 1897. WRTI’s Jim Cotter says that though her voice had an ethereal quality, the late, great contralto was renowned for her humility and her humanity.

Creatively Speaking
9:40 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Wind Symphony: Beyond Memories of High School Band

Steven Krull Photography

Band music includes marches, pop songs, and transcriptions of orchestral works. But over the last century more composers have written explicitly for winds. The Philadelphia Wind Symphony was founded, in part, to explore the variety and richness of the repertoire.

The Philadelphia Wind Symphony performs this Sunday afternoon, March 3rd, at the University of the Arts, in Center City, Philadelphia.  

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