Listeners may not think about the visuals in an orchestra concert, but body language is an important way in which musicians communicate with one another. From his chair, Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim leads Mozart’s Serenade in G Major: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik the way it would have been done in Mozart’s time, without a conductor, on January 10th, 11th, and 12th in concerts at the Kimmel Center.
A new year, a new book to nurture the hearts and minds of Philadelphians - and everyone! The award-winning novel by Julie Otsuka - The Buddha in the Attic - is a Japanese-American story of things left behind. It's this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia choice.
Starting January 17th through mid-March, The Free Library of Philadelphia will lead readers on a journey through the lives of Japanese-American “picture brides.” Their story starts with a voyage in steerage in the early 1900s, and culminates as they’re sent away to government internment camps during World War II. Otsuka’s rich portrayal reveals as much about our national character during those years as the personal resilience of these first-generation immigrants.
This past fall, the author shared her thoughts about writing The Buddha in the Attic - a prequel to her first celebrated novel, When the Emperor was Divine.
WRTI’s Susan Lewis talks with PAFA Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art Robert Cozzolino about 'The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World' and its new insights into art and American culture.
In the first part of the 20th century, George Gershwin found fortune as a composer of popular songs, which were used in dozens of Broadway and Hollywood musicals - many of which he created with his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin.
The work that launched him as a classical composer, however, was Rhapsody in Blue. It premiered in 1924, and was performed for decades by orchestras throughout the world. Before he died in 1937 at the age of 38, Gershwin would compose many solo pieces for piano, the first great American opera, Porgy and Bess, and a number of orchestral works.
WRTI’s Susan Lewis considers George Gershwin and his musical legacy.
As WRTI's weekly Saturday morning arts and culture show transitions to a daily feature format, Jim Cotter, Susan Lewis, David Patrick Stearns and Eric Brannon look at highlights from the show's almost 500 episodes.
Over the last nine years, the greater Philadelphia region has experienced astounding growth in the scale and quality of music, the fine arts, theater, and dance, as well as a wealth of other cultural activities.
We revisit memorable performances and exhibitions, and recall explorations of the widely varied hubs of artistic endeavors. We look back on our many conversations with international and local superstars, lesser-known and emerging artists, and art lovers who are shaping our world today.
Starting on January 7th, you'll hear 90-second Creatively Speaking features nine to ten times each day. Look for more stories about music, arts, and culture from Jim, Susan, David, and the newest member of the team, Meridee Duddleston.
We'll also be presenting a special series within Creatively Speaking: Where Music Lives; you'll hear 60 stories, throughout 2013, of how music is making a difference in the communities WRTI serves.
If anybody knows Rachmaninoff, it’s The Philadelphia Orchestra. The ensemble inspired the composer to write his final orchestral work: the Symphonic Dances, and collaborated with him intensively until his death in 1943. Since then, the Orchestra has maintained an unbroken tradition of performing works by Rachmaninoff, from the eras of Eugene Ormandy through Charles Dutoit.
The esteemed Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda, who has the trust and affection of the musicians from past guest engagements, recently conducted Rachmaninoff at the Kimmel Center. The conductor brought to these performances the rediscovery of a sound from which the orchestra has perhaps drifted. As The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, Noseda may just about be out-Ormandying Eugene Ormandy.