Elizabeth Hainen

Creatively Speaking
9:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Tan Dun: Building on Bela Bartok's Legacy

Chinese contemporary classical composer and conductor, Tan Dun

Hungarian pianist and composer Bela Bartok was born on March 25th in the year 1881. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he is revered by a prominent contemporary composer who is building on Bartok’s legacy.

Tan Dun's Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women was premiered in the U.S. by The Philadelphia Orchestra this season, and broadcast on WRTI in December, 2013.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
10:40 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Philadelphia Orchestra New Music Micro-Festival on WRTI: December 29 at 1 PM

Composer Tan Dun

Join us this Sunday, from 1 to 4 pm, for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from a series of fall 2013 concerts that introduced Philadelphia audiences to three major new works commissioned by the Orchestra.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:24 am
Mon October 28, 2013

From 'Crouching Tiger' To 'Secret Songs': Composer Tan Dun's Next Move

Chinese composer Tan Dun's latest work, Nu-Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, was inspred by an ancient language spoken in a remote area of Tan's home province of Hunan.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 1:24 pm

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Creatively Speaking
8:20 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Orchestra Musicians Take Center Stage In Custom Works

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen performs as soloist on October 31st and November 1st

The Philadelphia Orchestra is launching a mini festival of new concertos this week. But instead of the typical violin, piano, or cello soloists, the orchestra's principal harp, bassoon, and flute will be out in front, in pieces that, as The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, promise to be anything but more of the same.

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Creatively Speaking
6:05 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Elizabeth Hainen: Spreading Her Love Of The Harp

Elizabeth Hainen visits harp students at Philadelphia's St. Francis de Sales school.

Philadelphia Orchestra harpist Elizabeth Hainen speaks with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

The harp is one of the world’s oldest instruments. And now, thanks to the efforts of Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen, concert grand harps are once again being played in Philadelphia schools.

As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, Hainen is the driving force behind The Lyra Society, an organization she founded in 2004 to promote the harp through new commissions and lessons in the Philadelphia schools.

The Lyra Society presents A Harpist's Homecoming, with Philadelphia students and former Boston Symphony Principal Harp Ann Hobson Pilot, on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 6 pm at Philadelphia High School for Girls at Broad and Olney Streets. Information here.

Listen to Elizabeth Hainen's interview with Susan Lewis about nurturing the next generation of Philadelphia harpists.

The Pines of Rome and More!
12:01 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert: Yannick and Italian-Themed Music, March 24 at 2 PM

This week's broadcast, on Sunday, March 24, 2 to 4 pm, takes us back to November, 2011, when then-Music Director Designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin was appearing with greater frequency in Philadelphia, winning over the hearts of the Orchestra as well as Verizon Hall audiences. 

One of the most memorable of these early concerts was the Italian-themed program scheduled for rebroadcast this Sunday - Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini, followed by the ever-popular fourth symphony of Mendelssohn, and -  following Intermission - Verdi's overture to his opera La Forza del Destino, one of his finest overtures, and Respighi's exciting orchestral showpiece The Pines of Rome, a long-time favorite of Philadelphia audiences.

Listen to Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Principal Clarinet Sam Caviezel talk with Susan Lewis about how the clarinet depicts a nightingale in The Pines of Rome.
Susan Lewis talks with Philadelphia Orchestra Organist Michael Stairs about how the Kimmel Center organ has changed the sound of his part in The Pines of Rome.

Intermission Features: As part of Women's History Month, Meridee Duddleston will take a closer look at The Philadelphia Orchestra's first female player, harpist Edna Phillips, the first woman to be appointed a principal player of any American orchestra.  And afterward, Susan Lewis will speak with today's principal harpist, Elizabeth Hainen - one of the world's great ambassadors for the instrument.

**Audio for Intermission features will be added to this post on Monday morning.

The performances that you'll hear in this broadcast were widely admired, receiving high praise from critics and concert-goers alike. So don't miss this opportunity to re-live them, this Sunday, March 24th, from 2 to 4 pm.

More information, including Program Notes, at The Philadelphia Orchestra's website.

Program:

Tchaikovsky - Francesca da Rimini
Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 ("Italian")
Verdi - Overture to La forza del destino
Respighi - The Pines of Rome
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

Crossover
11:03 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Harpist Elizabeth Hainen

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen is Jill Pasternak's guest this week.

Elizabeth Hainen's website

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Crossover
10:00 am
Sat May 21, 2011

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen

Jill Pasternak speaks with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen about the upcoming Lyra Society concert featuring 30 harpists led by Maestro Charles Dutoit.

Four harpists will perform with Ms. Hainen during this Crossover show as a preview to the May 26th concert at Curtis' Field Hall.

In addition to Ms. Hainen, we'll hear Kimberly Rowe, Dani Xia, Elizabeth Morgan Ellis, and Gian Torrano Jacobs perform just for WRTI listeners.

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Creatively Speaking
9:42 am
Sat January 23, 2010

Phila. Orch. Principals--Phila. Theatre Co.'s GOLDEN AGE--Healing War Veterans--PRISM Quartet's 25th

PRISM Quartet is celebrating its 25-year anniversary. Members include Matthew Levy, Timothy McAllister, Zach Shemon, and Taimur Sullivan.

Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia Orchestra principal harp Elizabeth Hainen, and principal cello Hai-Ye Ni. Both are soloists in upcoming concerts under Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.

Susan Lewis takes us to the Golden Age, a new play by Terrence McNally. The Philadelphia Theater Company production premieres January 22.

Jim Cotter speaks with Gala True, a Veterans Administration medical anthropologist studying the use of story telling techniques found in folklore and oral history projects, to help heal Afghan and Iraq war veterans.

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