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Theater Of The Mind: Winterthur's Downton Abbey Exhibition

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A museum tour is not something you'd think would translate well on radio...but it always winds up being an audience favorite on Crossover. It must be the theater-of-the-mind element of the broadcast. And the subject usually relates to theater and the performing arts.

This week, we return to Delaware's Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. When we were last there in 2006, we surveyed Fashion in Film: Period Costumes from the Silver Screen. This time, the highly successful PBS Masterpiece series, Downton Abbey, inspired the creative people of Winterthur to present The Costumes of Downton Abbey

The exhibition runs through January 4th, 2015, and has been attracting record crowds to Winterthur since opening in March. It features 40 costumes from the TV series, as well as furnishings and other materials used in the production. At various points in the show, lines are drawn between the characters and situations in the series and the people and lifestyle that was part of Henry Francis. du Pont's palatial estate. Winterthur was once du Pont's home.

Jill takes in the exhibition with guides Maggie Lidz, estate historian; Jeff Groff, director of public programs; and Mack Truax, lighting coordinator. Interspersed throughout the program will be music from the period by Edward Elgar, William Walton, Archibald Joyce and much more.

Crossover with Jill Pasternak airs on Saturday mornings at 11:30 am on WRTI-FM, with an encore on Friday evenings at 7 pm on WRTI-HD2.  Both airings can be heard on the All-Classical web stream at wrti.org.