This week we look ahead to the opening of the Philadelphia Orchestra's season at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and speak with new artistic director Rossen Milanov; Jason Peifer visits the Contemporary Stage Company in Wilmington as they celebrate the work of the South African writer, Athol Fugard; We take a look at two dance events opening in Philadelphia this week: Dance Boom! and the New Festival; and in our regular dip into the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis visits Independence Hall.
On this week's Creatively Speaking!, a conversation with Vänskä. He's in town to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra. Jason Peifer visits the Delaware Theatre Company as they stage the premiere of A Murder, A Mystery & A Marriage. The new musical is an adaptation of a Mark Twain short-story. We speak with new President and CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra, James Undercoffler. We look at a new art exhibit called "Soft Sites" which explores location and takes visitors "on location" from the Institute of Contemporary Art to Historic Bartram's Garden.
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.
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.
We'll take a look back at the past year in the arts in our region and bring you the highlights of news and events, and the people who made them happen. And what a year it's been. Together we've witnessed great performances and exhibitions and rediscovered so many great perennial treasures. We weren't just here, but also overseas, traveling with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Pennsylvania Ballet as they brought their art to new audiences in Asia and the UK and in Spain where we went on a voyage of discovery into the life of Salvador Dali.