Music Features

Creatively Speaking
3:24 pm
Wed January 23, 2008

Antony Penrose- Pierre Boulez--The Academy of Music; and the Arden Theater's Wittenberg

Pierre Boulez

As The Philadelphia Museum of Art opens a retrospective of the iconic 20th century fine art photographer Lee Miller, Jim Cotter speaks with her son Antony Penrose.

David Patrick Stearns speaks with and profiles the legendary composer and conductor Pierre Boulez; Orchestra 2001 performs his Le Marteau Sans Maitre in concerts this weekend.

As preparations heighten for Philadelphia's annual Academy Ball, Susan Lewis takes a look at the "Grand Old Lady of Locust Street." 

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Creatively Speaking
11:31 am
Sat January 19, 2008

Settlement Music School -- Walnut Street Theater -- Reading Public Museum

Robert Capanna

Jim Cotter speaks with Settlement Music School Executive Director Robert Capanna. The school celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

Jason Peifer visits the Walnut Street Theater as it stages Arthur Miller's play, The Price. The show features renowned film actor Robert Prosky, a Philadelphia native.

Susan Lewis explores the Reading Public Museum, which over the course of its 100+ years has grown from a science collection into a multi-disciplinary museum with galleries for art and artifacts from all over the world.

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Crossover
9:07 am
Sat January 19, 2008

Time for Three and composer Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon

Jill welcomes the crossover trio Time for Three and composer Jennifer Higdon. Time for Three recently performed the premier of Higdon's Concerto 4-3 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The orchestra is also slated to perform another of Higdon's works, The Singing Rooms, for violin, chorus, and orchestra with violinist Jennifer Koh.

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Crossover
3:13 pm
Sat January 12, 2008

Terence Blanchard: jazz trumpet virtuoso and film composer

Terence Blanchard

Jill's guest is this week is Terence Blanchard. His most recent album,"A Tale of God's Will - Requiem for Katrina" was the film score for Spike Lee's documentary recounting the horrors that befell the people of New Orleans. Blanchard is a Grammy award winner and five-time Grammy nominee, and continues his musical efforts as an internationally recognized performer, composer, band leader, and arranger. He is also currently Artistic Director of the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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Creatively Speaking
12:18 pm
Sat January 12, 2008

The Philadelphia Orchestra: Leonard Bernstein Festival

Leonard Berstein

Jim Cotter speaks with Jennifer Higdon.  The Philadelphia Orchestra and Time for Three premier her Concerto 4-3 this week. It's part of the orchestra's Leonard Bernstein Festival.

Also, Susan Lewis looks at the life and legend of the great American composer, conductor, and educator.

Jason Peifer talks to the organizers of the annual One Book, One Philadelphia program.

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Creatively Speaking
2:40 pm
Sat January 5, 2008

Simone Dinnerstein--Independence Seaport Museum--Antonio Mancini at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Simone Dinnerstein

Jim Cotter speaks with pianist Simone Dinnerstein about a computer generated re-recording of Glenn Gould's legendary performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Her own recording of the 'Variations has been on the classical music charts for 18 weeks now.

Jason Peifer takes us the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia.

Susan Lewis visits an exhibition of the works of the prominent late nineteenth century Italian painter Antonio Mancini at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Crossover
11:48 am
Sat January 5, 2008

Carlos Chavez String Quartet

Carlos Chavez

Jill Pasternak speaks with the Carlos Chavez string quartet, formerly the Russian-American String Quartet. Since its founding, the ensemble has created a positive impact in its pursuit of unearthing, performing, and recording works by Mexican composers of the 19th and 20th century. In 1997 the quartet won First Prize in the Competition for Special Projects in Chamber Music sponsored by the Cultural Diffusion Department of Mexico's National Autonomous University for researching and recording lesser-known Mexican string quartets.

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Crossover
11:28 am
Sat December 29, 2007

Max Raabe: Vocalist and Arranger of the Palast Orchester

Max Raabe

Jill Pasternak speaks with vocalist Max Raabe, leader of the 12-piece Palast Orchester. The ensemble has achieved international success for their original arrangements of music from the Golden Age of film and dance, including Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin.

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Crossover
3:17 pm
Sat December 22, 2007

JOHN RUTTER: composer, conductor

Jill's guest this week, composer and conductor John Rutter, is one of the most respected figures in choral music. His works are among the most frequently-performed and loved in the choral repertoire. Mr. Rutter speaks about his career and his latest release with the Cambridge Singers, recorded in the historic Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral in Cambridge, England.

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Crossover
4:02 pm
Sat December 15, 2007

Peter Nero, music director of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops

Peter Nero

Jill Pasternak speaks with two-time Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero. Called by the Washington Post "the epitome of the Pops Conductor/Performer," Nero is the conductor and music director of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, an ensemble he founded nearly thirty years ago.

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