Two musicians discover secrets about one another - and learn about themselves - through their work on a song cycle by 19th-century German composer Robert Schumann. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers this award-winning drama about the power of music to bridge differences.
A five-day-a-week training program in West Philadelphia aims to provide a safe haven and cultivate lasting skills through classical music. At St. Francis de Sales school, students in grades one through seven are the focal point of the newly launched after-school project: TUNE UP PHILLY. It's the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's version of Venezuela's youth orchestras and ensembles known as El Sistema. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston learns about its transformative potential.
Susan Lewis considers DRACULA by Bram Stoker, whose notes for the famous novel live on at the Rosenbach Museum and Library. A Dracula Exhibition and Festival are taking place through October at the Rosenbach in Center City, Philadelphia.
Since the early '60s, New Yorkers Dorothy and Herb Vogel have acquired a massive collection of contemporary art, using his income as a postal worker, while living on her income as a librarian. The couple has now given away 2,500 works - 50 works to a museum in each state. WRTI's Susan Lewis talks to the Vogels, and considers their gift to the nation.
Philadelphia, PA – Late 19th-century French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir worked until his death in 1919. WRTI's Susan Lewis explores LATE RENOIR, an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which makes the case that artworks created by Renoir during the final decades of his career were among his finest, and a model for future generations.
Over the course of four days, 36 artists will create art on the banks of the Schuylkill River. WRTI's Susan Lewis explores Art in the Open - a festival that brings audience and artist together during the creative process. Works created between June 9 to 12, 2010 will be shown on June 13th at the University of the Arts.
For every young person with the talent and drive to be an accomplished vocalist or violinist, there are legions more whose main connection to classical music is destined to remain as a member of an audience. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston takes a look at a range of perspectives on nurturing a connection to classical music among the young.
In his over 90 years, Pablo Picasso created thousands of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, and prints, and became one of the most-recognized artists of the 20th century. On this week's News and Views, Susan Lewis looks at how an exhibition - now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until April 25, 2010 - puts this modern master in context.
As America navigates the politics of 2010, an exhibition in Philadelphia explores the ways in which our government and culture have been shaped by an ancient civilization. On this week's News and Views, Susan Lewis explores the National Constitution Center's comparison of Ancient Rome and America. The exhibition runs through August 1st.