Music Director of The Academy of Vocal Arts since 1977, Maestro Macatsoris began his conducting career in Italy at the Conservatory in Milan. He went on to study conducting privately with such famed maestri as Fausto Cleva, Max Rudolf, and Tullio Serafin, and studied composition with Vincent Persichetti. Among his many performance credits are appearances with Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company, Pennsylvania Opera Company, San Francisco Opera Center, and numerous regional opera companies.
Jill Pasternak speaks to two of the three members of the all-female Eroica Trio, a chamber ensemble that continues to make inroads into new territory since its inception in the early 1990s when they received a Naumburg Award. Pianist Erika Nickrenz and violinist Susie Park, along with cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio are all consummate musicians, products of the Juilliard and Curtis conservatories.
This week Jill Pasternak's guest is acclaimed flutist Mimi Stillman. At 12, Ms. Stillman was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music. She has since appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, and performed chamber music in many of the world's great concert halls. She is the founder and artistic director of the Dolce Suono Chamber Music Concert Series, entering its third season in its new home at First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia.
Jim Cotter speaks with Alan Gilbert, the Music Director-Designate of the New York Philharmonic.
Susan Lewis looks at the music and life of Beethoven, and in particular at Mahler's transcription of his Opus 95. Alan Gilbert will conduct The Curtis Institute of Music in performances of this work next week.
And we'll hear from composer David DiChiera. The Opera Company of Philadelphia presents the east coast premiere of his new work Cyrano this weekend.
Jill speaks with piano virtuoso Lang Lang. A child prodigy in China, he began playing when he was only two years old. He entered the Curtis Institute of Music when he was 14, and made his U.S. debut in 1998. But it was his spellbinding performance at the 1999 Ravinia Festival that catapulted him into international fame. Originally Aired April 23, 2005.
We revisit four recent features from the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. We look back at the history of Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. We'll take a walk through Doylestown's James A. Michener Art Museum, while Susan Lewis visits the Rosenbach Museum & Library and the Fairmount Water Works.
Violinist Soovin Kim visits Jill this week. Mr. Kim has quietly achieved a very high level of success in his years since graduating from Curtis. His latest recording of the 24 Paganini Caprices for solo violin is breath taking. All this has been accomplished while touring with the Musicians from Marlboro, performing in solo recitals with his accompanist Jeremy Denk, and with his trio. He is on the faculty of Yale University and Temple University, and will performing an all-Beethoven recital on May 17th, and on the 19th with program of Mozart trios.
A conversation with Curtis Institute of Music president Gary Graffman who retires this year, and incoming president Roberto Diaz. Jason Peifer visits The Wilma Theater as they mount a festival of Caryl Churchill plays. The celebration will include two full productions and readings of five Churchill plays. As the Kimmel Center unveils a new work of art, Susan Lewis explores Philadelphia's history of promoting public art, from classical sculptures to clothespins. In our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section of GoPhila.com, we visit Historic Fallsington.