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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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