With Rachel Katz
A Tempo is a 30-minute public affairs program devoted to issues, challenges and opportunities facing the performing arts.The show examines the impact of the economy, technology, and social and cultural changes on musicians, ensembles, venues and other organizations involved with the arts. It also looks into the importance of music and arts education, and public support and appreciation, including philanthropy. In addition to one or two feature interviews, the show includes a short selection of news headlines from around the arts world. A Tempo airs Saturdays at 7 pm.
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Guests: Xian Zhang, the next music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; and composer Kento Iwasaki on his 'traveling opera', Beloved Prey.
BalletX's Premiere of Nicolo Fonte's Beasts. Guests: Choreographer Nicolo Fonte; set designer Mimi Lien; Christine Cox, artistic director, BalletX.
Extra: Additional conversation with choreographer Nicolo Fonte and set designer Mimi Lien
New Initiatives of YOLA (Youth Orchestra LA). Guest: Gretchen Nielsen, Director of Educational Initiatives, Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Guest: Carolyn Sloan, author, Welcome to the Symphony.
Guests: David Devan, General Director, Opera Philadelphia; Annie Burridge, Managing Director, Opera Philadelphia; Marc Scorca, President/CEO, Opera America.
Dance and Parkinson's Disease. Guests: Jeff Friedman, dance professor, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University; Pamela Quinn, dance and movement consultant.
Guests: Phillip W. Serna, Founder, Viols in our Schools; Jason Tramm, Artistic Director, Mid-Atlantic Opera.
Carnegie Hall's Musical Explorers program. Guests: Joanna Massey, Director of School Programs, Weill Music Institute, Carnegie Hall; Jenny Woodruff, Education Director, Savannah Music Festival; Kendra Whitlock Ingram, Vice President, Programming and Education, Omaha Performing Arts.
Guests: Leon Botstein, president, Bard College, on its new The Orchestra Now graduate program; Allison Vulgamore, CEO, Philadelphia Orchestra, on the orchestra's performances during Pope Francis' visit.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Any Given Child Program in Trenton. Guests: Mario Rossero, senior vice president for education, Kennedy Center; Francisco Duran, superintendent of Trenton Public Schools; Eric Jackson, Mayor, Trenton; Matthew Shaftel, Dean, Westminster College of the Arts, Rider University; also Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Litton-Lodal Music Director of the American Boychoir on an update of the school's new year; and Mike Blakeslee, chief operating officer, National Association for Music Education, on the legacy of former MENC president Dorothy Straub.
Extra: Westminster College of the Arts Dean Matthew Schaftel on a partnership with HomeFront
Artistic collaboration in Steamboat Springs, CO. Guests: John Fielder, wilderness photographer; Kim Keith, executive director, Steamboat Springs Arts Council; photographer; Ernest Richardson, music director and conductor, Steamboat Symphony Orchestra; Betse Grassby, interim director, Steamboat Symphony Orchestra.
Extra: John Fielder on his other musical collaborations
School music programs. Guests: Leah Wilson, director of learning and leadership, Opera America; Alison Scott-Williams, vice president, arts education, New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
The ukulele in school music programs. Guests: Karen Deschere, executive director, Wharton Music Center; Scott Shuler, arts education specialist and former president, National Association for Music Education; Scooter Ferguson, special concerts chair, The Folk Project and Uke NJ Festival.
Extra: Scooter Ferguson on the popularity of the ukulele in the U.S.
Tech and the Arts: The Quartweet Project, and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance's TechniCulture Program. Guests: Marc Uys, executive director, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Xandi van Dijk, violist, Signum Quartett, Michael Norris, vice president of external affairs, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance's Teen Arts and Culture Intership Program. Guests: Interns Troi Strickland and Ashley Walker; Michael Norris, vice president of external affairs, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance; Rebekah Sassi, director of institutional advancement, Walnut Street Theatre.
Increasing diversity in classical music. Guests: Trey Devey, president, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Peter Landgren, Dean, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. Also: Andrew Kurtz, general manager, Vulcan Lyric.
Music education and the school curriculum. Guests: Michael Butera, executive director, National Association for Music Education; Bob Morrison, chairman, New Jersey Arts Education Partnership.
Extra: Additional comments from Bob Morrison, chairman of the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership
Extra: Additional comments by Grammy-nominated pianist Terrence Wilson
The Bay-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra's summer series at the Borgata. Guests: Jed Gaylin, music director, and Paul Herron, executive director, Bay-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra; cellist Christine Lamprea; Joe Lupo, senior vice president, Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's Edward T. Cone Composition Institute. Guests: Emerging composers Shuying Li, Reinaldo Moya, Brendan Faegre and Luke Carlson; Composer Steven Mackey; conductor JoAnn Falletta.
Extra: Additional comments with this year's institute participants
Giving USA 2014 Annual Report on Philanthropy. Guests: Keith Curtis, Chair, GivingUSA Foundation and President of The Curtis Group, and Robert Evans, President, Evans Consulting Group; also, Judith Scheide on the return journey of the portrait of J.S. Bach to Leipzig as a bequest from the Estate of Princeton Philanthropist William H. Scheide.
Extra: William H. Scheide's legacy
Guest: Christine Cox, artistic and executive director, Ballet X, about the company's Choreographic Fellowship; also, students at the American Repertory Ballet Princeton Ballet School's summer intensive program talk about Misty Copeland's promotion as the first African-American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater.
The new Google Play Classical Live service. Guests: Jessica Lustig, co-director, Classical Live; Ted Kartzman, global head of independent music companies, Google Play, Gary Hanson, executive director, Cleveland Orchestra, and Mark Volpe, managing director, Boston Symphony Orchestra.
El Sistema in New Jersey. Guests: Participants and instructors at the Fiddle and Fa La La Fest celebrating the six El Sistema-inspired programs in New Jersey; El Sistema-Trenton, Sister Cities Girlchoir, Union City Music Project, Paterson Music Project, NJSO Champs and Sonic Explorations.
Expanding Orchestras. Guests: Robert J. Flanagan, Konosuke Matsushita Porfessor of International Labor Economics and Policy Analysis Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Representatives of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Houston Symphony; and an American Boychoir School Update with President Kerry Heimann and Litton-Lodal Music Director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz.
Extra: Cincinnati Symphony
Extra: Robert J. Flanagan
Extra: American Boychoir
Museums and Music. Guests: Loel Levy, President and CEO, Center for Jewish History; Nelly Silagy Benedek, Director of Education, The Jewish Museum; Kenny Savelson, Executive Director, Bang on a Can.
Guests: Jerome Rose, founder and director, International Keyboard Institute and Festival; Richard Tang Yuk, artistic director, Princeton Festival.
Extra: Richard Tang Yuk speaks about the Festival's piano competition
Guests: Carol Montparker, author, The Composer's Landscape: The Pianist as Explorer; Jack Kohl, author, That Iron String.
Extra: Jack Kohl
Guests: Julia Wolfe, composer and winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music for the oratorio Anthracite Fields; Richard Loatman, founding artistic director, Capital Singers of Trenton.
American Boychoir School Update. Guest: Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Litton-Lodal Music Director, American Boychoir School.
Guest: Jeannie L. Howe, executive director, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.