Nearly 300 years after the death of Antonio Stadivarius, the classical music world is paying up more and more millions for his violins. Â And audiences attend concerts advertised more for their instruments than those playing them.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns asks: should fiddles be calling the tunes?
As The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its new season in September 2014, the ensemble will have a new assistant conductor on board. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, the Hong Kong-trained musician has garnered international acclaim this summer.
The highest aspiration for those who teach is to do it in a way that transforms lives. Professor Steven Kreinberg, a faculty member at Temple Universityâ€™s Boyer College of Music and Dance, reveals what happens in his popular course "The Art of Listening."Â Itâ€™s a special kind of class that opens the door for college students to the world of classical music, jazz, opera, and musicals.
For the past few years, pianist Stewart GoodyearÂ has been reconnecting to his musical roots through Beethoven. He performed all 32 of the composer's piano sonatas in a single day in 2011 and 2013, and then over four concerts last month. A stunt? A statement? Goodyear tells The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns it's more like a calling.
Isn't Stewart Goodyear that pianist who specializes in Gershwin?
Philadelphiaâ€™s largest fine art venue has, over the past decade, become one of the cityâ€™s premiere performing arts presenters. As WRTIâ€™s Jim Cotter reports, itâ€™s attracting audiences with its wide variety of presentations.
Many classical pianists of the second half of the 20th century shone but briefly. The Philadelphia Inquirerâ€™s David Patrick Stearns looks at a nearly lost generation of musicians.
The F. Scott Fitzgerald saying, that there are no second acts in American lives, would seem to be borne out by America's great pianists of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. All had careers that buckled in one way or another under the relentless pressure of concerts, recordings, and radio broadcasts.
On Sunday August 24, 2014, WRTI broadcasts aÂ Philadelphia Orchestra concert featuring a Haydn symphony that was first played in 1794. WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis talked with the orchestraâ€™s principal trumpet about using modern instruments to produce a more 18th-century sound. The program also includes Vivaldiâ€™s Four Seasons and Purcellâ€™s Suite No. 1 from The Fairy-Queen.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is now showcasing plans to update and renovate its main building. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, the design is by celebrated architect Frank Gehry, for whom the project was both atypical and pre-ordained.
The Philadelphia region is rich with music schools training the next generation of artists. South-African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, a recent graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts and a 2013 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, stands out and already has a busy international performance schedule in the upcoming season.
WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis speaks with Musa about his career thus far, and the road ahead.