In Voorhees, NJ, where a new music director forges a bond with an accomplished volunteer orchestra, classical music lives and grows. As the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey begins its new season, an evolutionary process is underway. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston reports.
Pennsylvania Ballet is celebrating its 50th anniversary year. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the season starts with a full-length evening ballet by master choreographer George Ballanchine, with whom the company has had a long-standing personal and artistic connection. Ballanchine's Jewels is inspired by the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels, and unfolds in three distinct sections – Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds – each with its own music and mood. The season also includes works by Jerome Robbins and William Forsythe, and two world premieres.
The National Constitution Center's new exhibition includes many of the world's most celebrated journalistic photographs. WRTI's Jim Cotter reports.
The Pulitzer Prizes were originally established by a bequest from newspaper baron Joseph Pulitzer, a century ago, to recognize exceptional contributions to journalism and literature. Prizes for music and photography were added in the early 1940s.
Philadelphia’s largest fine art museum - over the past decade - has also become one of the city’s premiere performing arts presenters. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, it’s attracting widely diverse audiences.
Music lives in Wilmington, where the Delaware Symphony Orchestra makes its home. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, the ensemble is now presenting symphonic works and chamber music in various venues in and around the city.
Steady work is a coveted and rare prize among many jazz musicians. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston visits a force in the local jazz scene who never had a problem getting gigs. Recognized by Mayor Michael Nutter for his enduring contribution to the city’s jazz scene, jazz drummer Charlie Rice has been keeping the beat for more than 70 years and counting.
David Patrick Stearns reports on how The Philadelphia Orchestra turned the cancellation of a high-profile concert in New York City, into a triumphant civic celebration in Philadelphia. This, just days after an enthusiastic, 5,000-strong crowd gathered on Independence Mall to witness Opera Philadelphia’s season-opening production.
Born in 1879, violinist, violist, conductor and composer Ottorino Respighi moved to Rome in 1913. He became internationally recognized for his trilogy of symphonic poems celebrating the fountains, pines, and festivals of the city. WRTI’s Susan Lewis considers The Pines of Rome.
The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (PCMS) has been feeding the growing musical appetites of music lovers for decades with increasing numbers of concerts. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, PCMS grew out of the celebrated Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, where gifted classical musicians have been playing chamber music since 1951.
The term Endangered Artifacts is most associated with objects from ancient civilizations. Yet, in Pennsylvania - as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports - there’s now a statewide effort to preserve some of the Commonwealth's own, most vulnerable, historical treasures.