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.
We're at the Opera Company of Philadelphia east coast premiere Margaret Garner. Jason Peifer explores the staging the Temple Theater's latest production, "On the Razzle" by Tom Stoppard. And in our regular look inside the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis visits the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.
This week pianist/composer Leanne Rees joins Jill on Crossover to discuss her dual career and most recent album. A trailblazer in the development of works by women composers, she has lectured and performed throughout the United States and was a featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on NPR.
This week, a conversation with Daniel Barenboim. The legendary pianist and conductor brings the Berlin Staatskapelle to the Kimmel Center next week. Philadelphia Daily News arts writer Tom Di Nardo takes a look at the latest Peter Nero and the Philly Pops concert series and talks about the state of 'Pops' music. In light of Philadelphia Mayor John Street's $65 million bond proposal for the arts, Albert Stumm examines where funding for arts and culture now lies among the city's priorities.
A conversation with Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia music director Ignat Solzhenitsyn. He conducts a program featuring two of the most significant works in the symphonic repertoire this Sunday and Monday. Susan Lewis explores the power and myths of Mozart -- his ever popular 18th century music is claimed by some to do everything from alleviating learning disorders to better ripen grapes. Jason Peifer previews the American premiere of Novecento at the Lantern Theater Company.
Jill's guests this week are husband and wife duo pianists Mischa and Cipa Dichter. Both students of the distinguished pedagogue Rhosinna Levine, the two met at the Juilliard School after Mischa had won the Tchaikovsky competition in 1965. Although acclaimed as solo pianists, the two have been performing together to sold out audiences for years, and have, in this 250th anniversary year of Mozart's birth, released a double CD of the composer's complete piano works for four hands.
As the Philadelphia Orchestra announces details of the 2006-07 season we speak with music director Christoph Eschenbach about how he selects repertoire and what he's got planned for next season. Jason Peifer explores the creation of Michael Hollinger's new play at the Arden Theatre Company - "Opus." Albert Stumm watches preparations by the U.S. Olympic Ice Sculpting team for the winter games which take place in Italy next month. And in our regular look inside the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. Susan Lewis visits Mother Bethel AME.
Jill's guest this week is jazz harpist Carol Robbins. A student of the late Dorothy Ashby, she was heavily influenced by the lush harmonies of pianist Bill Evans, and contemporary jazz musicians with whom she often plays. Her latest album with Billy Childs has been nominated for three Grammy's.
On this week's Creatively Speaking!, we celebrate Benjamin Franklin's 300th birthday. We'll listen back to recent features from the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. Besides being a great statesman, diplomat, communicator and inventor, Franklin also founded, among other institutions, the Library Company of Philadelphia and Fireman's Hall. We'll also visit the Franklin Institute and Christ Church Burial Ground--Franklin's last resting place.