Piffaro, Philadelphia’s Renaissance band, is taking Don Quixote back to his 17th-century roots in a pair of concerts this weekend at the Episcopal Cathedral titled The Musical World of Don Quixote . What might those roots sound like? A lot like ours, says the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns.

A group of Philadelphia-area musicians who share a love of early music, made Renaissance bands new 30 years ago. Their range of instruments? It includes shawms, dulcians, sackbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, lutes, guitars, harps, and a variety of percussion. Earlier this year, the artistic directors of Piffaro, The Renaissance Band provided WRTI's Meridee Duddleston with a glimpse of their musical roots.

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 band Piffaro, 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 Stearns has more. http://youtu.be/3v4fXYzWg0o

The Crossing Choir: Works by Kile Smith

Jan 18, 2012

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, youll hear performances of Kile Smiths 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. More Information about The Crossing Here Composer Kile...

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 organs 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. More Information: Wanamaker...

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 Inquirers 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...

As part of WRTIs 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 Saturdays Philadelphia Brahms Festival - three concerts in one day by young musicians from the Astral Artists roster.

Jim Cotter speaks with Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken, co-founders of Piffaro. The Renaissance...

The Loathly Lady, an original comic work conceived at the cusp between opera and musical theater, will debut at Penns 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 Chaucers The Wife of Baths Tale (c. 1400), in which a cruel knight must discover what women want most. The Loathly Ladys knight meets a series of opinionated characters in the course of his questing--Sigmund Freud,...

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...

David Patrick Stearns listens in on a recording by Piffaro, the wind band, and the vocal group The Crossing, of Kile Smiths Vespers .

Susan Lewis explores a re-created 16th-century Lenape village at Bucks Countys Churchville Nature Center, which is hosting its annual Pow Wow this weekend.

We listen back to a roundtable discussion on the changing face of arts education in Philadelphias public schools.

Jason Peifer has a preview of Shakespeare in Clark...