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5:41 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Backstage with Itzhak Perlman: Talking About Teaching

Violinist Itzhak Perlman

One of classical music’s superstars plays all over the world, appears on large and small screens, makes multiple recordings, and also conducts. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, Itzhak Perlman is passionate about passing on music in the classroom as well. 

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Creatively Speaking
5:13 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Trying To Rehabiliate One Of History's Most Problematic Operas

Opera fans often hope to find some sort of lost masterpiece or even an obscure work by a great composer; which is what the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns recently encountered at the Bard Summerscape Festival, with the help of a creative team that knows Philadelphians well.

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Creatively Speaking
4:04 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

The Crossing's Path: Marked By Ups and Downs

The Crossing performing at The Icebox at Crane Arts Center in June, 2014.

The Crossing, one of America’s foremost contemporary-music choirs, has endured an eventful past 12 months.

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Creatively Speaking
11:50 am
Tue August 5, 2014

A Whole Lot Of Coughing Going On At Classical Concerts

Why do people cough during classical music concerts? Is it a physical reflex, or is there something else going on? WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston takes a look at some research.

Hiccups and sneezes are not standard accompaniments to classical music. But when was the last time a live performance was free of coughing? At a classical music concert, rules of etiquette demand silent immersion in the music - no cell phones or texting of course, no talking, and a limited array of acceptable responses to the performance.

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Creatively Speaking
3:27 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Musical Theater Star Chita Rivera in "The Visit"

Chita Rivera

Revenge fantasies don't get any nastier than The Visit, the 1950s play about a billionaire who returns to the hometown that had done her wrong, having secretly...bought it. But is that something to sing about? The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns found that the 81-year-old Chita Rivera is in her element doing just that. The Visit, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival through August 17th.

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Creatively Speaking
12:42 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

A Civil War-Era Artist Who Battled Disability

William Trego in his studio in 1899 with "The Rescue of the Colors"
Mercer Museum/Bucks County Historical Society

 

Pennsylvania has been the birthplace of many highly regarded artists; well-known figures such as Thomas Eakins, Benjamin West, and Wharton Esherick. 

However, mention the name William T. Trego and you’ll likely be met with blank stares. WRTI’s Jim Cotter reflects on one of Pennsylvania’s lesser-known masters.  William T. Trego Catalogue at the James A. Michener Art Museum.

Creatively Speaking
12:14 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Remembering the Great Louis Armstrong with Terry Teachout

Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)

August 4th marks the anniversary of the birth of the great trumpet virtuoso, singer, and bandleader Louis Armstrong who died in 1971 at age 69, one month shy of his 70th birthday. WRTI’s Susan Lewis looks at the life and legacy of the musician who propelled jazz onto a mainstream stage. She speaks with Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal drama critic, playwright, and author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong.

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Creatively Speaking
11:57 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Classical Star Yuja Wang: Embracing Traditional and Contemporary Culture

Pianist Yuja Wang

Curtis Graduate, Chinese Pianist Yuja Wang performs all over the world. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the young classical star embraces traditional and contemporary culture.

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Creatively Speaking
11:14 am
Fri August 1, 2014

A German Violin Virtuoso Makes His Philadelphia Debut

Violinist Augustin Hadelich

This Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcast features what would turn out to be the final engagement with the ensemble for a great Spanish conductor - the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

The program of French music he conducted, included a lesser-performed work; a Spanish-inspired symphony showcasing a highly regarded German violinist in his Philadelphia Orchestra debut.

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Creatively Speaking
11:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Looking at Debussy and Ravel with the Late Maestro Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos

Spanish conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, who died in June, conducted The Philadelphia Orchestra this past season. The program featured the music of two French composers who wrote and circulated in the same artistic circles in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. During Fruhbeck's visit,  WRTI's Susan Lewis talked with the Maestro about the imagery and musicality of Debussy and Ravel.

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