This week we've news of exciting developments in the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer season at the Mann Music Center. Jason Peifer visits the Media Theatre in Media, PA, as they stage Sigmund Romberg's 1924 masterpiece, The Student Prince. Susan Lewis looks at the history of fine art photography. And we discover how Orchestra 2001 had to travel to Bucharest to find the score and orchestra parts for U.S. debut of George Enescu's Chamber Symphony.
The rafters ring with the sound of jazz as Jill speaks with Adam Unsworth. Unsworth is a French hornist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, but outside of the Kimmel Center he performs his own jazz compositions. We'll hear music from his recently released CD, Excerpt This!, as well as music he performed in the WRTI Performance Studio the day of the interview.
A conversation with Jennifer Frautschi. She's in town to perform the Schumann Violin Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Jason Peifer is at the Walnut Street Theater for Trying--the true story of a Philadelphia icon Francis Biddle. We look ahead to Antigony, a new work from the Rebecca Davis Dance Company, featuring a multi-national cast of dancers. Albert Stumm examines support systems for newly graduated fine artists. And in our regular look inside the CultureFiles section of GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis visits The Rosenbach Museum and Library.
This week we take a walk through this year's Philadelphia Flower Show with designer Sam Lemheney. Jason Peifer examines the role of the theater critic. He'll speak with the Philadelphia Inquirer's Toby Zinman, David Anthony Fox of Philadelphia City Paper, and the Philadelphia Weekly's J. Cooper Robb. Susan Lewis considers why we both love and fear The Bard as The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival opens its new season.
Hear an exploration of the sounds of Portugal with the music of the Lisbon-based group "Madredeus." Jill speaks with Pedro Ayres Magalhaes, the composer responsible for most of the music they perform, as well as being the ensemble's guitarist.
We speak with world renowned pianist Jeffrey Siegel. The second of his three-part series of Keyboard Conversations, which provide listeners with deeper insight into individual classical piano works is at the Kimmel Center next week. Jason Peifer examines the legacy of Arthur Miller and looks ahead to the People's Light & Theatre production of The Crucible, which opens next week. And in our regular look inside the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis visits the Fairmount Water Works in Philadelphia.
This week, a conversation with distinguished artist James Galway. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his spectacular contribution to the world of music, he has embarked on yet another aspect of his career, conductor as well as soloist. He'll appear with his wife Jeannie Galway on a 22-city tour conducting the Polish Chamber Orchestra in a program of works celebrating the 250th birthday of Mozart.
We go "south of the border" with a visit from pianist Thomas Tirino. Tirino has worked tirelessly recording and promoting the music of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, and released multiple volumes of Lecouna's music on CD. Now, Tirino has turned to another composer, the Brazilian-born Ernesto Nazareth, and has just released a CD of his music. WRTI is giving away 15 copies of the new Nazareth/Tirino CD, in a random drawing from e-mails and post cards received by January 21. Be sure to include your mailing address and telephone number. If you'd like to enter, click here!
This week, a visit with author Margaret Bartley, whose book Grisha examines the life of cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. Cellist Jeffrey Solow, on the music staff at the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University, and a former Piatgorsky student, also makes an appearance.