The highest aspiration for those who teach is to do it in a way that transforms lives. Professor Steven Kreinberg, a faculty member at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, reveals what happens in his popular course "The Art of Listening." It’s a special kind of class that opens the door for college students to the world of classical music, jazz, opera, and musicals.
The four DePue brothers (Wallace, Jason, Zack, and Alex) were raised on classical music, barbershop, and Bluegrass. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, today they’re juggling work at conventional ensembles - The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Philly Pops - with a family-based band specializing in a blend of classical and American grass roots music.
In our class, Voice-Over Techniques for Media, we have journeyed through a rich history of voice performers. From hearing the likes of Frank Sinatra to Don LaFontaine, we now arrive at our turn. With Sharon Eisenhour behind us, there isn't much we can't complete. In our early start to this class, we were introduced to many different voice techniques as well as ways to go about using your voice properly for commercial and other creative purposes.
A little night music, please. Actually, there's a lot of it to enjoy on this beautifully conceived and performed two-disc set dedicated to the art of the piano nocturne. The French word means "nocturnal" or "of the night." Though far from being lullabies, these single movement miniatures typically do begin and end softly and reflectively. But like an evening’s sleep interrupted by a bad dream or bout of insomnia, there is often much restlessness and turmoil within.
Temple University's Dance Department has commissioned a new work to be performed by world-renowned, Philadelphia-based Rennie Harris Puremovement. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the piece was created for a site-specific performance beneath the mural in North Philadelphia for which it is named.
After the Freeh Report and the NCAA came down hard on Penn State for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, it was not only an eye opener at Penn State, but also for other universities around the country. WRTI’s Joe Irizarry speaks with Temple Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw and his counterpart at Villanova, Vince Nicastro, to discuss how each university is moving forward after the fallout at Penn State.
Violinist Soovin Kim visits Jill this week. Mr. Kim has quietly achieved a very high level of success in his years since graduating from Curtis. His latest recording of the 24 Paganini Caprices for solo violin is breath taking. All this has been accomplished while touring with the Musicians from Marlboro, performing in solo recitals with his accompanist Jeremy Denk, and with his trio. He is on the faculty of Yale University and Temple University, and will performing an all-Beethoven recital on May 17th, and on the 19th with program of Mozart trios.
This week, a visit with author Margaret Bartley, whose book Grisha examines the life of cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. Cellist Jeffrey Solow, on the music staff at the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University, and a former Piatgorsky student, also makes an appearance.