Philadelphia theatergoers visiting New York for Shakespeare's Globe on Broadway may stumble upon a surprisingly familiar sight: Priscilla Smith Herreid, a member of the Philadelphia Renaissance wind bandPiffaro,playing shawms and bagpipes to accompany the beheadings in Richard III as well as the comic complications of Twelfth Night. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stea
Be sure to join us from 3 to 5 pm on Sunday, January 22nd for a special treat - concert broadcasts of the 24-voice chamber choir The Crossing, led by Donald Nally. This month, you'll hear performances of Kile Smith's Vespers (with Piffaro, the Renaissance wind band), Where Flames a Word, and The Waking Sun (with Tempesta di Mare).
All three of these performances were recorded at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia.
Jim Cotter speaks with Peter Richard Conte, the Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ. Conte is the soloist in a concert with the Symphony in C orchestra, which is part of the organ's centennial celebration.
Susan Lewis profiles the Curtis Institute of Music, a vanguard in the training of classical musicians since 1924.
David Patrick Stearns takes us to where East Meets West - a concert series by the Renaissance wind band Piffaro.
As Pennsylvania Ballet opens its 2010/2011season on October 21st, Jim Cotter speaks with artistic director Roy Kaiser.
The Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin makes his Berlin Philharmonic debut this week. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports from the German capital.
Susan Lewis considers artists' self portraits and artistic identity, as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts gets set to open an exhibition of artist portraits and self-portraits.
As part of WRTI's "A Day at The Opera," Jim Cotter speaks with Opera Company of Philadelphia Artistic Director Robert Driver about National Opera Week. It celebrates the vitality of the art form as a contemporary cultural expression.
Susan Lewis looks ahead to Saturday's Philadelphia Brahms Festival - three concerts in one day by young musicians from the Astral Artists roster.
The Loathly Lady, an original comic work conceived at the cusp between opera and musical theater, will debut at Penn's Irvine Auditorium on April 1st. Join Jill Pasternak when she interviews librettist Wendy Steiner, and composer Paul Richards.The Loathly Lady is based on Geoffrey Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Tale (c. 1400), in which a cruel knight must discover what women want most.
David Patrick Stearns reports from the Netherlands on performances by the Philadelphia-based wind band Piffaro at the prestigious Utrecht Early Music Festival.
Jason Peifer takes a look at Latino arts and culture in Philadelphia as the North Kensington neighborhood prepares to celebrate the 25th Annual "Feria del Barrio" (The festival of the community) this weekend.
Susan Lewis looks at an upcoming exhibition commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in collaboration with the American Revolution Center.