Where Music Lives

Where Music Lives
6:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

That Charming Violin Shop Off Rittenhouse Square

Music lives in a quaint, historic building on Philadelphia’s Locust Street, just a few doors down from the Curtis Institute of Music, where David Michie restores and sells violins and bows, drawing virtuoso musicians from far and wide. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston paid a visit to this master craftsman.

Master violin restorer and dealer David Michie recounts how renowned French archetier (the French term for bow maker) Eugene Sartory policed the market for counterfeits of his work. Michie also provides some advice on choosing a bow in these excerpts of an interview with Meridee Duddleston.

Michie has much to say about the importance of a high-quality bow. "What the Italians were to string instruments, the French were to bows," he explains. In the 1800s, large blocks of wood from the pernambuco tree were used as ballast in ships making their way from Brazil to France.  And Francois Tourte, who developed the modern bow and is considered the “Stradavarius of bow makers,” took to the wood and started using it. Pernambuco is now an endangered species whose export is restricted. Although carbon fiber and other substitutes are now in the mix, Michie says nothing beats a bow made of pernambuco wood from Brazil. Here's the website for David Michie Violins.

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Where Music Lives
9:11 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Symphony in C Celebrates Diamond Jubilee Under New President

Music Lives in Camden, New Jersey where a storied symphony orchestra is celebrating its 60th anniversary.  As WRTI's Jim Cotter now reports, the organization begins its new season under the leadership of a newly appointed president who has a very hands-on approach.

Symphony In C President Pamela Brant speaks with Jim Cotter at the start of the season.

Symphony in C's 60th season opens on September 21st with a program featuring Dvorák’s Cello Concerto with David Finkel as soloist, the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra. And Neon Lights by Jules Pegram, the winner of  Symphony in C’s Young Composers’ Competition.

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Where Music Lives
7:41 am
Mon August 26, 2013

The Jazz Sanctuary: Bringing People Together Through Music

The Jazz Sanctuary at Gloria Dei Church in South Philly.

Music lives in South Philadelphia through The Jazz Sanctuary, an organization that takes jazz into to houses of worship and other nontraditional venues. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, founder Alan Segal says jazz and the spiritual community drove his recovery from a life threatening crisis.

The Jazz Sanctuary presents concerts open to the public at houses of worship and other non-profit venues. Information about upcoming concerts.

Listen to more of Susan's interview with The Jazz Sanctuary's founder Alan Segal.

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Where Music Lives
6:47 am
Mon August 5, 2013

A Feast Of Summer Opera In Reading

Berks Opera Workshop will perform a concert version of Verdi's AIDA on Friday, August 9th.

Follow the Schuylkill west from Philadelphia - either the river or the expressway will do - and you’ll eventually arrive in Reading. The state’s fifth-largest city, John Philip Sousa spent his last days here, the Rabbit series by John Updike was set here, and, Reading once lent its name to a now-defunct railway company with a still well-known Philadelphia terminal.

Today, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the city is best known for its outlet malls, its pagoda, and a wealth of regional cultural organizations including the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Music Lives in Reading.

Berks Opera Workshop will perform a concert version of Verdi's AIDA on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the Miller Center for the Arts at Reading Community College.

Jim Cotter speaks with Berks Opera founder/directors Francine and Tamara Black.

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Where Music Lives
11:20 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Music Lessons On Rittenhouse Square: At Curtis And Way Beyond!

A view of Curtis from Rittenhouse Square

Music lives, as it has for decades, on Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. And now - as the Curtis Institute of Music works with a company that distributes free classes through the Internet - world-class instruction will be available throughout the world. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the renowned conservatory is offering two pilot classes to audiences everywhere a computer and Internet access can be found. Coursera is making this happen.

Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas launches September 3rd.  From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance, launches October 1st .

Listen to Susan's interview with pianist Jonathan Biss about his course, Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, which launches September 3, 2013.

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Where Music Lives
10:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Where Music Lives: At The Shore, Equidistant Between Philadelphia And NYC

Anthony LaGruth is artistic director of the Garden State Philharmonic

Music lives in Ocean County, New Jersey where the Garden State Philharmonic opens its arms to existing and future generations of music lovers, forging a classical path between the metropolises of Philadelphia and New York City.  Anthony LaGruth is the artistic director and conductor of the orchestra-in-residence at Ocean County College in Toms River, New Jersey.  The ensemble opens its new season on November 16th with Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony at the historic Strand Theatre in Lakewood.

Excerpts of Meridee Duddleston’s interview with Anthony LaGruth.

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Where Music Lives
6:56 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Where Music Lives: High Above The Banks Of The Schuylkill In Laurel Hill Mansion

Laurel Hill Mansion

Among the seven historic homes in Fairmount Park that served as summer homes for the wealthy, only one is a regular venue for the kind of music their original inhabitants might have enjoyed. Chamber music lives at Laurel Hill Mansion where about 60 people can sit in an intimate room where the Concerts by Candlelight take place each June, July and August, and listen to music salon style. 

The musicians perform at the end of a beautiful room with a high ceiling and three tall windows overlooking the water.  The five-concert chamber series, founded in 1976, is run by the Woman for Greater Philadelphia, which maintains the East Fairmount Park mansion in Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood.

All concerts are on Sunday evenings at 7 pm. Refreshments are also served.

Summer Schedule:

July 21 – La Fiocco
July 28 – The Copeland Quartet
August 4 – The Wister Quartet
August 25 – Allen Krantz, guitar; Shannon Lee, violin
Tickets are $20.  For more information and reservations contact: Barbara Frankl, 215-643-7923, or send her an email: bfrankl433@comcast.net

Excerpts of an interview with Alma Jacobs, chair of Women for Greater Philadelphia and Barbara Frankl co-chair of the organization’s Concerts by Candlelight about the the summer series.

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Where Music Lives
3:17 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Where Music Lives: At the Water's Edge

Phyllis Chapell

Music lives at The Fairmount Water Works, where a Philadelphia-area jazz singer is featured in a short film about the water. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, Phyllis Chapell finds that music is one way to highlight environmental issues.

The short film, AEIOU-Water, is shown Sundays at the Fairmount Water Works. 

Susan’s interview with Phylliss Chapell.

Information about Phyllis Chapell's upcoming live performances in the region.
 

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Where Music Lives
7:17 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Where Music Lives: In A Jazz Past Resurrected

Looking south down 12th St. from Jefferson, 1951. John Coltrane’s apartment at 1450 N. 12th St. was on the right of the street, probably in the foreground
Phillyhistory.org City of Philadelphia, Department of Records

Philadelphia's jazz roots live in all quarters of the city. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston tracks the telltale signs of the city's jazz past, through a digital endeavor.

A worldwide and community-based history project, All That Philly Jazz aims to keep alive Philadelphia’s contribution to the nation’s unique art form. It's mapping Philadelphia's rich jazz legacy through crowdsourcing, featuring stories, information, and contributions from jazz lovers and listeners, performers, experts and non-experts alike. The All That Philly Jazz map is here. Watch the map take shape and learn more about breathing life into this walk through the city’s jazz history.

Meridee Duddleston meets All That Philly Jazz's Faye Anderson on at Broad and Lombard Streets - a spot once bustling with jazz traffic from two jazz clubs, a theater and a hotel, where performers stayed.

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Where Music Lives
6:33 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Where Music Lives: In the Air!

Longwood Gardens Carillon

Music lives high in the sky. One of the largest musical instruments is also among the most public. WRTI’s Susan Lewis considers carillons and their bells, which are ringing out in summer concert series all over the greater Philadelphia region.   

Listen to Susan Lewis' feature on the history of the carillon.

Concerts coming up...

Fort Washington, St.Thomas Church, Whitemarsh, Catherine Colt Dickey Memorial Carillon - Tuesdays during July at 7 pm:

July 2, Julianne vanden Wyngaard

July 9, Gerard DeWaardt

July 16, Tebbel Lonie Duo

July 23, Sally Harwood

July 30, Linda Dezuris

Kennett Square, Longwood Gardens, Chimes Tower - Sundays at 3 pm

All of the performances take place at the Chimes tower

May 12, Stephen Schreiber

May 19, Lisa Lonie

June 23, Lisa Lonie and Janet Tebbel

June 30, Julianne Vander Wyngaard

July 7, Gerard de Waardt

July 21, Sally Harwood

July 28, Linda Dzuris

August 4, Daniel Kehoe

August 18, John Widmann

August 25, Gordon Slater

September 1, Ellen Dickinson

September 8, Janet Tebbel

September 15, Doug Gefvert

Philadelphia, First United Methodist Church of Germantown, Shelmerdine Memorial Carillon - Mondays at 7:30 pm

June 24, Janet Tebbel

July 1, Julianne VandenWyngaard

July 8, Gerard de Waardt

July 15, Lisa Lonie and Janet Tebbel, duo carillonneurs

Valley Forge, Washington Memorial Chapel, Washington Memorial National Carillon - Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

July 3, Julianne Vanden Wyngaard

July 10, Gerard de Waardt

July 17, Janet Tebbel-Lisa Lonie Duo

July 24, Sally Harwood

July 31, Linda Dzuris

August 7, Daniel K. Kehoe

August 14, Music of the British Isles, Irish Thunder Pipes and Drums

August 21, Gordon Slater

August 28, Doug Gefvert

Princeton, Princeton University, Grover Cleveland Tower, The Class of 1892 Bells
Sundays at 1 pm
July 7 - Julianne vanden Wyngaard
July 14 - Gerard DeWaardt
July 21- Lisa Lonie
July 28 - Sally Harwood
August 5 - Linda Dzuris
August 11 - Doug Gefvert
August 18 - Gordon Slater
August 25 - Tebbel/Lonie Duo
Sept 1 - Anton Fleissner

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