Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Itzhak Perlman: Violinist

Nov 1, 2008

Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, Mr. Perlman is recognized by audiences all over the world who respond to his flawless technique and his irrepressible joy of making music. Now celebrating the 50th anniversary of his American debut, he'll be in Philadelphia performing at the Kimmel Center on November 2.

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Jim Cotter speaks with Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts President and CEO Ann Ewers.

David Patrick Stearns on the rise and fall of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra.

Jason Peifer takes a look at the historic role of the theater director. We'll hear from the Wilma Theater's Blanka Zizka, and Seth Rozin of the InterAct Theatre.

Susan Lewis visits several area carillons; they're large musical instruments consisting of bells that live at the top of tall towers.

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The author of The Satanic Verses reveals how he's moved far beyond the controversy ignited by the book's publication. Rushdie, who now spends one month a year teaching at Emory University, shares his insights on literature and the young, and the current status of fiction writing.

The Booker Prize winner entertained a packed audience at the Kimmel Center when he spoke as part of the 2007-2008 Philadelphia Speakers Series presented by Widener University, and sponsored by WRTI.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has one of the world's finest collections of American Art. The exhibition Spot Check: Academy Contemporary highlights some of PAFA's most notable recent acquisitions.

Jason Peifer takes a look at the legacy of playwright August Wilson, who's Pulitzer Prize winning show, The Piano Lesson comes to the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia.

Susan Lewis looks at Pennsylvania Ballet's latest production which is based on the music of Handel's Messiah.

This week Jill Pasternak previews the "Broadway at the Academy" production of My Fair Lady with singer Marni Nixon and Mervon Mehta, Vice President of Programming and Education at the Kimmel Center. The London production features Nixon in the role of Henry Higgins' mother. She is best known as the singing voice for Audrey Hepburn in the film version of My Fair Lady, as well as for Natalie Wood in West Side Story. Also, Mehta gives Jill a run-down of the coming "Broadway at the Academy" 2008-009 season.


Jane Bunnett, soprano saxophonist and flutist

Dec 1, 2007

Jill Pasternak talks with Canadian soprano saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett. She has become one of the foremost jazz musicians in Canada, particularly as a Cuban-Jazz Fusion specialist.


Jane Bunnett appears at the Kimmel Center Saturday, December 1 at 7:30pm.

Anne Ewers, New President of Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

A look at the role of the costume designer in theatrical  productions.

Mari Yoshihara, author of Musicians from a Different Shore, examines role of Asians in classical music world.

First Person Arts presents a storytelling competition, or "Story Slam," as part of the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art.


Anne Ewers: New President of Philadelphia's Kimmel Center

Michener Art Museum in New Hope's exhibition <i>Gershwin to Gillespie: Portraits in American Music</i>

Four dramaturges from Philadelphia theaters (part of a continuing series)

Philadelphia Museum of Art curator Carlos Basualdo on postwar German exhibition <i>Notations: Kiefer, Polke, Richter</i>. 


Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts: A Profile.

Profiles of: The Wilma Theater located on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts.

Historic Independence Hall.

The Camden Children's Garden. 


Maris Jansons cond., Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Jul 7, 2007

Conductor Mariss Jansons speaks with Jill, ahead of his Wednesday night concert at the Kimmel Center with his new Bavarian Radio Symphony. Orginally Aired October 28, 2006.