Music Features

Crossover
1:50 pm
Sat September 6, 2008

Canadian Brass

Jill Pasternak's show features the brass quintet Canadian Brass.

"The men who put brass music on the map." - The Washington Post

Creatively Speaking
12:13 pm
Sat September 6, 2008

Piffaro in the Netherlands--Feria del Barrio--Peace, Liberty, and Independence

Benjamin West, American Commissioners of the Preliminary Peace Agreement with Great Britain, 1783-1784, London, England, Oil on canvas. Courtesy, Winterthur, gift of Henry Francis du Pont.

David Patrick Stearns reports from the Netherlands on performances by the Philadelphia-based wind band Piffaro at the prestigious Utrecht Early Music Festival.

Jason Peifer takes a look at Latino arts and culture in Philadelphia as the North Kensington neighborhood prepares to celebrate the 25th Annual "Feria del Barrio" (The festival of the community) this weekend.

Susan Lewis looks at an upcoming exhibition commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in collaboration with the American Revolution Center.

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Creatively Speaking
12:24 pm
Sat August 30, 2008

Pianist and Broadcaster Christopher O'Riley--Traditions of Folk Art--All About the Philadelphia Zoo

Gus is a new arrival at the Philadelphia Zoo

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interview with pianist and broadcaster Christopher O'Riley.

Jason Peifer explores how the skills and traditions of folk art are being passed on through apprenticeships.

Susan Lewis considers the history and contemporary mission of the Philadelphia Zoo, the nation's first zoological garden.

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Crossover
11:26 am
Sat August 30, 2008

Marilyn Maye: jazz singer

Jill Pasternak talks to the legendary jazz cabaret singer during an encore broadcast originally aired in June. Maye's career has been multi-faceted, including 76 appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, singing alongside jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald, and performing at jazz clubs in NYC from the Copacabana to Birdland.

Discovered by Steve Allen in a Kansas City nightclub almost five decades ago, she went on to sing for Princess Grace in Monaco, with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and at Lincoln Center.

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Creatively Speaking
2:18 pm
Sat August 23, 2008

Musicians from a Different Shore--Charles Demuth Museum--Ocean Grove Pipe Organ--Rhythms of India

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interview with Mari Yoshihara, author of Musicians from a Different Shore.

Jason Peifer visits the Charles Demuth Museum in Lancaster.

David Patrick Stearns looks back on the 100-year history of the Grand Pipe Organ in Ocean Grove, New Jersey.

Susan Lewis takes a walk through Rhythms of India: The Art of Nandalal Bose, an exhibition currently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Crossover
9:52 am
Sat August 16, 2008

Keith Lockhart: Boston Pops music director

Leonard Bernstein

Jill Pasternak speaks with the Maestro about his upcoming appearance with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at the Kimmel Center on August 20.

The concert will honor the memory of Leonard Bernstein, who would have turned 90 on August 25.

The three-part program, Make Mine Bernstein, reflects on one of the 20th century's most influential composers of American classical music and Broadway hit musicals.

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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.

More about David Russell

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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