Join Jeff Duperon on Friday, June 20th at 6 pm as he hosts his program live from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The museum’s Art After 5 series is featuring Michael Pedicin, a nationally respected post-bop saxophonist with some strong Philadelphia ties. Pedicin and his band will perform in support of their most recent release, Why Stop Now…Ubuntu.
Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! Rossini's music sparkles like sunshine with one hit tune after another. Not only is Figaro the Barber of Seville, he's also the ultimate Mr. Fix-It! This time he's out to ensure that Count Almaviva can marry lovely Rosina before her grumpy old guardian drags her to the altar himself. Saturday, June 21, 1 to 4 pm.
When I first heard Horace Silver play piano, I said to myself, "this fellow must have been groomed in the African America church." Not quite...but somewhat close: his mother was of Irish-African descent, and did sing in church; and his father was of Afro-Portuguese heritage.
One could detect in his unique, straight-ahead jazz style, gospel, blues, soul and funk - well before the latter adjective found its way into the music lexicon.
The music world - and the world at large - lost a very fine singer of standard popular songs last week when Jimmy Scott died on June 12th at age 88.
It’s surprising that the name Jimmy Scott was unknown to a good number of folks. But to those familiar with his work and his way with a song, he was a legend...and some of those who favored his work, were and are, legends in their own right: Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, and Billie Holiday, to name a few, sang his praises. The standard pop and jazz cognoscente, knew Jimmy Scott!
This week's Center Stage from Wolf Trap features Beethoven's second string quartet followed by two works which bring a real Brazilian flavor to the broadcast - just in time for the World Cup! Bill McGlaughlin and Rich Kleinfeldt are your hosts on Sunday, June 15th at 4 PM.
Ludwig van Beethoven: - String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2
This month's Applause! features two superb performances by The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. The first performance is of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto, recorded in concert last month in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Internationally acclaimed Japanese-born violinist Saeka Matsuyama is the soloist. The second is Mozart’s seldom heard Symphony No. 17 with guest conductor Matthias Bamert. Dave Conant is your host this Sunday, June 15th at 5 PM.
Conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos died on June 10th at his home in Pamplona, Spain. He was 80 years old. (At the bottom of this post are several interviews with the late maestro.) Just last week he announced that he would retire from all conducting activities due to his battle with cancer. Recent positions include chief conductor and artistic director of the Dresden Philharmonic from 2004 to 2011, and chief conductor of the Danish National Orchestra for the last two seasons.