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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Thoughts on the New York Philharmonic's new Music Director. Guests: Author/commentator Norman Lebrecht; Washington Post Chief Classical Music Critic Anne Midgette; Dallas Morning News Music Critic Scott Cantrell.
Carnegie Hall's Somewhere Project. Guests: Thomas Cabaniss, composer, moderator of Somewhere Project Public Forum; Sarah Johnson, director, Weill Music Institute. (Note: The public forum that was scheduled to take place Sunday, Jan. 24 was cancelled due to the blizzard and will not be rescheduled).
MLK Tribute Performances. Guests: Donna Walker-Kuhne, vice-president of community engagement, NJ Performing Arts Center; Virginia Johnson, artistic director, Dance Theatre of Harlem; Dan Berkowitz, director of collaborative learning, Philadelphia Orchestra; Robert Porco, director of choruses, Cleveland Orchestra.
Guest: Matthew Shaftel, Dean, Westminster College of the Arts, Rider University.
Orchestras and philanthropy. Guests: Simon Woods, president and CEO, Seattle Symphony; Kevin Smith, President and CEO, Minnesota Orchestra; Kate Nettleman, acting associate principal bass, Minnesota Orchestra; Greg Milliren, associate principal flutist, Minnesota Orchestra.
Extra: Additional comments about the contributions of the late Lee Henderson to the Minnesota Orchestra's recovery.
The Miro Quartet's Transcendence Education Project. Guests: Joshua Gindele, cellist, Miro Quartet, Mairi Cooper, Orchestra Director, Fox Chapel Area High School, and orchestra student Chloe Yofan.
Guests: Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and teen opera fan, Harry Rose, about Opera Rocks.
Music and Math. Guests: Pianist Orli Shaham, and composer/scholar Bruce Adolphe, about the upcoming Harmonic Concert Series at MoMath.
Extra: Additional comments by Christopher Woodside, Assistant Exec. Director of NAfME's Center for Advocacy, Policy and Constituency Development on the implications of the Every Student Succeeds Act for music and arts education.
Nutcracker 2015: Guests: Angel Corella, artistic director, Pennsylvania Ballet; Jennifer Weber, director and choreographer, Hip Hop Nutcracker.
Guests: Keith Cerny, general director and CEO, The Dallas Opera, about its Institute for Women Conductors; plus - Nutcracker 2015 Part 1 - An interview with American Repertory Ballet Artistic Director Douglas Martin and Executive Director Vanessa Logan about its sensory-friendly production.
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.