This Sunday from 2 to 4 pm, Guest Conductor Jaap van Zweden takes the podium to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra in an all-Russian program from mid-April, which offers two major works. Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, inspired by the sights and sounds of Italy, was originally scored for string sextet. We’ll hear it performed in an expanded version for the full strings of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
A Dutch-born conductor, who walked away from a pre-eminent position in his homeland to find success abroad, conducts in Philadelphia this week. WRTI’s Jim Cotter says the former instrumentalist made the move against the advice of his compatriots but with the encouragement of a classical-music legend. Information about the concert here.
Susan Lewis explores an exhibition of the insect illustrations of a world-renowned entomologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.
David Patrick Stearns profiles the Dutch-born music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Jaap Van Zweden.
Eric Brannon takes us to Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville, PA for an exhibition of historical mechanical musical devices - the forebearers of modern electronic appliances such as the CD player and the iPod.