Music Features

Creatively Speaking
3:08 pm
Sat August 2, 2008

Paul Taylor--Patchwork Politics--Christ Church's African-American Roots--Calder Jewelry

Necklace, c. 1943. Alexander Calder. Silver wire, string, and ribbon. Inscription: "Calder". Private Collection, New York. Photo by Maria Robledo.

We listen back to Jim Cotter's recent conversation with the veteran choreographer Paul Taylor.

Jason Peifer explores the creativity stirred up during presidential elections with a visit to the exhibition Patchwork Politics: From George to George W. at the Heritage Center Museum in Lancaster.

Tom Keels takes us to Philadelphia's historic Christ Church to learn how it is remembering its lesser-known, African-American congregants and their fight for freedom.

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Crossover
10:16 am
Sat August 2, 2008

Gil Shaham: violinist

Jill Pasternak speaks with the world-famous violinist about his recording of The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, an orchestral adaptation of a popular Chinese legend.

Written in 1959 by composers Chen Gang and He Zhanhao while they were students at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto premiered in the same year featuring renowned violinist Yu Lina. Although instantly popular, the concerto was banned by the Communist regime during the Cultural Revolution and the composers were jailed.

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Crossover
2:20 pm
Sat July 26, 2008

David Russell, classical guitarist

David Russell, classical guitarist

Jill Pasternak welcomes classical guitarist David Russell. Born in Glasgow, Scotland but raised in Spain, Russell has earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike, including being named a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997 and winning a Grammy award in 2005 for his CD Aire Latino.

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Originally aired March 29, 2008

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Creatively Speaking
12:11 pm
Sat July 26, 2008

Kile Smith's Vespers--Churchville's Pow Wow--Arts Educ. in Philly Schools--Shakespeare in Clark Park

David Patrick Stearns listens in on a recording by Piffaro, the wind band, and the vocal group The Crossing, of Kile Smith's Vespers.

Susan Lewis explores a re-created 16th-century Lenape village at Buck's County's Churchville Nature Center, which is hosting its annual Pow Wow this weekend.

We listen back to a roundtable discussion on the changing face of arts education in Philadelphia's public schools.

Jason Peifer has a preview of Shakespeare in Clark Park. This year the West Philadelphia park features the Bard's romantic comedy As You Like It.

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Crossover
4:19 pm
Sat July 5, 2008

July 4th Pops Celebration!

Jill interviews conductors Keith Lockhart and Erich Kunzel.

Creatively Speaking
3:03 pm
Sat July 5, 2008

Colonial Philadelphia Furniture--Independence Hall--Composer Charles Strouse, creator of Annie

Jim Cotter takes a walk through the new exhibition The Fix on Colonial Philadelphia Furniture: A Secret Guide to Cabinetmakers' Prices at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

We listen back to a feature on Independence Hall by Susan Lewis.

Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Stearns profiles composer Charles Strouse, creator of the musical Annie.

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Creatively Speaking
2:09 pm
Sat June 28, 2008

The State of Local Arts--Art of Nandalal Bose--Kutztown Folk Festival--Composer Harry Donald Hewitt

Annapurna, 1943, Nandalal Bose, Indian, Wash and tempera on paper, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 4794

Jim Cotter hosts a round-table discussion recorded at the Kimmel Center. The panelists are Kimmel Center President and CEO Ann Ewers, Philadelphia Theater Company Producing Artistic Director Sara Garonzik, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe Producing Director Nick Stuccio, and Pennsylvania Ballet Executive Director Michael Scolamiero.

Susan Lewis reports on a new Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition of the work of Nandalal Bose, a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. The artist is widely considered as India's father of modern art.

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Crossover
10:59 am
Thu June 26, 2008

Jean-Michel Pilc: jazz pianist and composer

Jean-Michel Pilc

On this week's Crossover, hear the stunning artistry of French pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc. Hailed by critics as a musical genius, Pilc is largely self taught. A composer of depth who reveres the classics, in many cases he uses them as a point of departure. He has recorded over a dozen albums, and this week he'll discuss his latest: New Dreams.

"Jean-Michel Pilc is a dazzlingly inventive pianist"
--The New York Times

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Crossover
4:04 pm
Sat June 21, 2008

Gordon Turk: concert organist

Jill Pasternak speaks with Gordon Turk, organist in residence at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Turk discusses upcoming organ recitals on the 100-year-old, 10,000 pipe Great Auditorium Organ. Performances are scheduled throughout July and August.

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Creatively Speaking
1:34 pm
Sat June 14, 2008

Kimmel Center's Ann Ewers--Pottstown Symphony--The Role of Theater Directors--Local Carillons

Carillon at Valley Forge National Historical Park

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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