Few smallish New Jersey towns have major orchestras, choruses and chamber music performances. But music lives in Princeton: and in many guises, as the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns now reports.
Music lives at Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the college's Westminster Symphonic Choir has, for almost 90 years, been performing with the world's foremost orchestras under some legendary conductors, including Leopold Stokowski, Arturo Toscanini and Bruno Walter, and more recently with a college alum who is among the foremost of his generation.
Music lives in Ocean Grove, NJ. Where else could you come in from the beach and hear an organ recital during the day, and opera arias at night? No wonder Ocean Grove's Great Auditorium, with its soaring ceiling and electrified American flag, has iconic status. Yet the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns saw lingering Hurricane Sandy damage that's still being repaired and without any help from FEMA.
The artistry and athleticism of the ballet dancer can soar with a well-fitting pointe shoe. On a given weekend, members of three generations of the Jenkins family might be on the scene at The Rosin Box, a jewel-like shop on Sansom Street in Philadelphia, just a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square, where ballet slippers and pointe shoes are sold - and, where music lives.
Dave and Angela Jenkins opened this niche business in 1977, and it has remained family-owned and operated since. Their son Len Jenkins spoke with WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston about this facet of dance that contributes to the beauty we see on the stage.
There's music on South Broad Street - and not just in concert halls. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Wilma Theater is home to BalletX, a company that continues to use music and dance to push the boundaries of classical forms.
Listen to Susan's interview with Christine Cox, co-artistic and executive director of BalletX.
BalletX's fall series at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia runs from November 20th to November 24th, and features three world premieres by Adam Barruch, Gabrielle Lamb, and Matthew Neenan. Details here.
Music lives in West Philadelphia, where diverse audiences experience classical music and more in an intimate setting. WRTI’s Susan Lewis investigates LiveConnections, which conducts programs at World Café Live.
Opera lives on the Christina Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware. There, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, audiences experience the power of operatic voices in an intimate setting - uniquely presented by OperaDelaware.
In Voorhees, NJ, where a new music director forges a bond with an accomplished volunteer orchestra, classical music lives and grows. As the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey begins its new season, an evolutionary process is underway. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston reports.
Music lives in Wilmington, where the Delaware Symphony Orchestra makes its home. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, the ensemble is now presenting symphonic works and chamber music in various venues in and around the city.