Pennsylvania Ballet is celebrating its 50th anniversary year. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the season starts with a full-length evening ballet by master choreographer George Ballanchine, with whom the company has had a long-standing personal and artistic connection. Ballanchine's Jewels is inspired by the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels, and unfolds in three distinct sections – Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds – each with its own music and mood. The season also includes works by Jerome Robbins and William Forsythe, and two world premieres.
Classical ballet, like its sister art form classical music, is rooted in classic, older repertoire. But as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the region's premiere ballet company is stepping away from conventional works for a season-ending program by three living choreographers who have their own distinctive takes on the intersection of contemporary and traditional ballet.
Pennsylvania Ballet’s latest production, A Midsummer Night's Dream, will be the first to be prepared and rehearsed in its new $17.5 million, purpose-built home on North Broad Street. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the company has also revived its ballet school and is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
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.
A major Andrew Wyeth retrospective opens this week at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It's one of three current local Wyeth Exhibitions. We'll take a look at the painter who, despite being ignored by the art world for much of his seven decade career, has remained true to his own artistic vision. Albert Stumm looks into how artists and arts organizations are helping local economic revitalization. Jason Peifer previews A Skull in Connemara by Martin McDonagh at the Iron Age Theatre in Norristown, PA.
On this week's Creatively Speaking!, the region's arts leaders look ahead to the coming year. Talking about their hopes for 2006 will be Philadelphia Orchestra music director Christoph Eschenbach, Philadelphia Museum of Art director Anne d'Harnoncourt, Kimmel Center president Janice Price, Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Roy Kaiser, Opera Company of Philadelphia producing artistic director Robert Driver and Delaware Symphony Orchestra music director David Amado. We'll also hear from several local theater artistic directors.