On this week's Creatively Speaking! with Jim Cotter, we listen back to four recent features from the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. We'll visit Philadelphia's Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum. Almost thirty years after they created Franklin Court, we take a tour of the 1976 "ghost house" with architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott-Brown. Susan Lewis visits Camden's Adventure Aquarium and explores Historic Yellow Springs.
We're 'down the shore'. Susan Lewis takes a look at the Cape May Music Festival. We speak with Temple University history professor Bryant Simon. He's the author on Boardwalk of Dreams--a history of Atlantic City. Jason Peifer examines Cape May's vibrant theatre scene and we pay a visit to the Noyes Museum in Oceanville.
Jill Pasternak's Crossover show this weekend features Peter Levinson, who has written a book on Tommy Dorsey's life. Tommy Dorsey Living in a Great Big Way is the book, and Crossover highlight rare recordings of the Dorsey Orchestra from the 20's to the 40's.
Jason Peifer takes a look at Daughters of Genius, a new comedy from 1812 Productions in Philadelphia. The play is about 17th century poet, John Milton, and his three daughters. Susan Lewis finds her way to The Salon, an underground concert series of classical, jazz and multicultural new music with an increasingly large following. And in our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section of GoPhila.com, we visit the neighbors at Elfreth's Alley, the oldest continuously inhabited street in the nation.
Violinist Soovin Kim visits Jill this week. Mr. Kim has quietly achieved a very high level of success in his years since graduating from Curtis. His latest recording of the 24 Paganini Caprices for solo violin is breath taking. All this has been accomplished while touring with the Musicians from Marlboro, performing in solo recitals with his accompanist Jeremy Denk, and with his trio. He is on the faculty of Yale University and Temple University, and will performing an all-Beethoven recital on May 17th, and on the 19th with program of Mozart trios.
This week, a conversation with Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music. His book has broken new ground in publishing by having a companion website where readers can listen to full length examples of musical works cross-referenced in the book. Tom Dinardo explains how he spent six years trying to organize a performance of a work for organ by legendary Hollywood composer David Raksin. Susan Lewis explores Betsy Ross House. And Jason Peifer previews the world premiere of Some Men, a Terrence McNally play set to open at the Philadelphia Theatre Company.
This week, we're at rehearsals for the Opera Company of Philadelphia's season ending performance of The Marriage of Figaro to speak with mezzo soprano Kirstin Chavez. Jason Peifer previews The Pirate at the Prince Music Theater. The new musical is a live stage adaptation of a 1949 Vincente Minnelli film starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. And Susan Lewis explores the history of music theater.