This week, a conversation with Daniel Barenboim. The legendary pianist and conductor brings the Berlin Staatskapelle to the Kimmel Center next week. Philadelphia Daily News arts writer Tom Di Nardo takes a look at the latest Peter Nero and the Philly Pops concert series and talks about the state of 'Pops' music. In light of Philadelphia Mayor John Street's $65 million bond proposal for the arts, Albert Stumm examines where funding for arts and culture now lies among the city's priorities.
A conversation with Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia music director Ignat Solzhenitsyn. He conducts a program featuring two of the most significant works in the symphonic repertoire this Sunday and Monday. Susan Lewis explores the power and myths of Mozart -- his ever popular 18th century music is claimed by some to do everything from alleviating learning disorders to better ripen grapes. Jason Peifer previews the American premiere of Novecento at the Lantern Theater Company.
Jill's guests this week are husband and wife duo pianists Mischa and Cipa Dichter. Both students of the distinguished pedagogue Rhosinna Levine, the two met at the Juilliard School after Mischa had won the Tchaikovsky competition in 1965. Although acclaimed as solo pianists, the two have been performing together to sold out audiences for years, and have, in this 250th anniversary year of Mozart's birth, released a double CD of the composer's complete piano works for four hands.
As the Philadelphia Orchestra announces details of the 2006-07 season we speak with music director Christoph Eschenbach about how he selects repertoire and what he's got planned for next season. Jason Peifer explores the creation of Michael Hollinger's new play at the Arden Theatre Company - "Opus." Albert Stumm watches preparations by the U.S. Olympic Ice Sculpting team for the winter games which take place in Italy next month. And in our regular look inside the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. Susan Lewis visits Mother Bethel AME.
Jill's guest this week is jazz harpist Carol Robbins. A student of the late Dorothy Ashby, she was heavily influenced by the lush harmonies of pianist Bill Evans, and contemporary jazz musicians with whom she often plays. Her latest album with Billy Childs has been nominated for three Grammy's.
On this week's Creatively Speaking!, we celebrate Benjamin Franklin's 300th birthday. We'll listen back to recent features from the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. Besides being a great statesman, diplomat, communicator and inventor, Franklin also founded, among other institutions, the Library Company of Philadelphia and Fireman's Hall. We'll also visit the Franklin Institute and Christ Church Burial Ground--Franklin's last resting place.
On this week's Creatively Speaking!, the region's arts leaders look ahead to the coming year. Talking about their hopes for 2006 will be Philadelphia Orchestra music director Christoph Eschenbach, Philadelphia Museum of Art director Anne d'Harnoncourt, Kimmel Center president Janice Price, Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Roy Kaiser, Opera Company of Philadelphia producing artistic director Robert Driver and Delaware Symphony Orchestra music director David Amado. We'll also hear from several local theater artistic directors.
We'll take a look back at the past year in the arts in our region and bring you the highlights of news and events, and the people who made them happen. And what a year it's been. Together we've witnessed great performances and exhibitions and rediscovered so many great perennial treasures. We weren't just here, but also overseas, traveling with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Pennsylvania Ballet as they brought their art to new audiences in Asia and the UK and in Spain where we went on a voyage of discovery into the life of Salvador Dali.
The charming duo Les Tourterelles (The Turtle Doves). Coco Soleil and Christiana Gallagher deliver a combination of sophisticated, yet naive, French vocal selections from the renaissance to modern day, with guitar and percussion.