Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum is not a typical tourist stop displaying artwork, or artifacts of culture, history or science - although it has some of all of these. The museum is popularly known today for its human specimens of medical anomalies, such as the tallest skeleton in North America and its plaster cast of conjoined twins - but its mission extends beyond entertaining the curious public.
The in-demand fine art photographer Andrea Baldeck has a new book out - Bones, Books, and Bell Jars: Photographs of the Mutter Museum. Its black-and-white close ups of soft-tissue medical specimens, hard human skeletons, and shiny steel instruments bring together just a few of Baldeck’s lifelong interests.
David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to three cutting-edge events happening simultaneously over the coming weeks in Philadelphia: The Crossing Choir's Month of Moderns Festival, Bowerbird's festival devoted to the music of Morton Feldman (including the composer's six-hour string quartet) and Opera Company of Philadelphia's U.S. premiere of Hans Werner Henze's Phaedra.
Jim Cotter speaks with Christopher O'Riley, pianist and host of the popular national radio program From the Top.