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A Tempo
With Rachel Katz

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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April 11

Record Store Day. Guests: Jonathan Lambert, general manager, Princeton Record Exchange; Frank Oteri, composer advocate, New Music USA, and senior editor, NewMusicBox.

April 4

Research on music for cats. Guests: Composer David Teie.

March 28

Women Composer Program. Guests: Composers Julia Adolphe and Melody Eötvös, and American Composers Orchestra President Michael Geller.
Extra: Matthew Barton, curator of recorded sound at the Library of Congress, about this year's inductees into the National Recording Registry.

March 21

Guests: Choreographer Karole Armitage, and American Museum of Natural History curator Rob DeSalle.

March 14

Guest: Dr. Nimesh Nagarsheth, gynecological oncologist and drummer/percussionist with rock band N.E.D., which seeks to raise awareness for women's cancers.

March 7

Guest: Warren Hyer, Executive Director, Central Ohio Symhony, on the orchestra's Drum Circle Program with the Delaware County Juvenile Treatment Court.

February 28

Guest: Murry Sidlin, conductor and creator, The Defiant Requiem.

February 21

Diversity in Ballet. Excerpts from a talk given by American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland at Princeton University, and conversations with students and other attendees.

February 14

Music education and appreciation. Guests: Debra Reilly, strings specialist/orchestra director, Parkland School District, Allentown, PA, and a finalist for 2015 Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award; Clarice Thornton Davis, author, Wilhelmina's Butterflies.

February 7

Guests: Annie Burridge, managing director, Opera Philadelphia; William Burden, tenor; and Youngmoo Kim, resident technologies, Opera Philadelphia.

Extra: Additional comments on Opera Philadelphia's new opera initiatives

January 31

2015-2016 Season Previews (New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia Orchestra). Guest: Yannick Nezet-Seguin, music director, Philadelphia Orchestra.

January 24

Recent research about participation in the arts. Guest: Sunil Iyengar, director, NEA Office of Research and Analysis.

January 17

Philadelphia Orchestra's LiveNote App. Guest: Jeremy Rothman, vice president of artistic planning, Philadelphia Orchestra.

January 10

Guest: Pamela Katz, author, The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women and Germany on the Brink.

January 3

Guests: Drew McManus, arts consultant and blogger,; Jenny Silva, CEO, Sheet Music Plus; Wendy Shay, acting chair and audiovisual archivist, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.


December 27

The Psalms Project. Guests: John Nelson, founding artistic director, Soli Deo Gloria; Joseph LoSchiavo, president/CEO, Soli Deo Gloria; Paul Moravec, composer; Lori Corssin, cantor, Temple Emanu-El, New York City; Kent Tritle, director of music, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City.

December 20

Guest: Victoria Bond, composer, about her new children's Hanukkah opera and her contribution to the Psalms Project organized by Soli Deo Gloria.

December 13

Guest: Judith Clurman, conductor, Essential Voices USA about their new CD Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit.

December 6

Osseily Hanna, filmmaker and author, Music and Co-existence: A Journey Across the World in Search of Musicians Making a Difference.

November 29

Holiday Travel spotlight. Guests: Ranaan Meyer, double bass player, Time for Three; Heather Noonan, vice president for advocacy, League of American Orchestras.

November 22

Scott Robinson, founder, CEO, Pennsylvania Philharmonic; Michael Butterman, Music Director, Pennsylvania Philharmonic; Brendan Cooke, General Director, Opera Delaware.

November 15

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Writer-in-Residence program. Guests: Ricky O'Bannon, BSO Writer-in-Residence; Eileen Andrews, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, BSO.

November 8

Dvorak's 9th Symphony Goes Home. Guests: Barbara Karpetova, director, Czech Center New York; Barbara Haws, archivist/historian, New York Philharmonic; Michael Beckerman, Carroll and Milton Petrie Chair of Music, New York University.

A Tempo Extras - hear additional commentary from Rachel's guests:

Barbara Karpetova
Barbara Haws
Micheal Beckerman

November 1

Music and Mental Health. Guest: Dr. Richard Kogan, psychiatrist and guest lecturer for NAMI-Mercer's Night Out with NAMI.

October 25

Guest: Jamal Rossi, Joan and Martin Messinger Dean, Eastman School of Music.

October 18

Guest: Fred Bronstein, Dean, Peabody Institute, The Johns Hopkins University.

October 11

Guests: Jacques Lacombe, music director, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; James Roe, president and CEO, NJSO; David Hayes, director of orchestral and conducting studies, Mannes College The New School for Music.

October 4

Guest: Robert Freeman, author, The Crisis of Classical Music in America: Lessons from a Life in the Education of Musicians.

September 27

Guests: Charles and Mirella Affron, authors, Grand Opera: The Story of the Met.

September 20

Bounce - The Basketball Opera. Guests: Grethe Barrett Holby, executive and artistic director, Ardea Arts; Torrie Allen, Producer, "Bounce"; Daniel Bernard Roumain, composer; and Charles R. Smith, Jr, librettist.

September 13

The New York Philharmonic's Art of the Score Festival. Guests: Edward Yim, VP of Artistic Planing, NY Philharmonic VP, and Betsey Tumarkin, Artistic Planning Manager.

September 6

A Curtis Institute and Pennsylvania Ballet collaboration for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Guests: Composers Rene Orth and Alyssa Weinberg, PA Ballet dancer Kelsey Hellebuyck; Nick Stuccio, president FringeArts.

August 30

Young Philanthropy. Guests: High School student Emily Wang, who with her brother donated summer earnings to the Wharton Music Center's El Sistema-inspired Paterson Music Project; Karen Deschere and Susan Oldroyd, executive director and director of development and marketing, respectively, of the Wharton Music Center.

August 23

Resolving the Metropolitan Opera Contract disputes. Guests: Jennifer Maloney, reporter, Wall Street Journal, and Drew McManus, consultant and author of Adaptistration blog. Also: Music critic Lawrence Johnson on the American Music Project foundation.

August 16

The American Ballet Theatre at 75 and its historical archives. Guests: Rachel Moore, CEO, American Ballet Theatre, and Loras Schissel, music specialist, Music Division, Library of Congress.

August 9

Guests: John Nuechterlein, president and CEO, American Composers' Forum, and Ed Harsh, President and CEO, New Music USA (Part 2).

August 2

Guests: John Nuechterlein, president and CEO, American Composers' Forum, and Ed Harsh, President and CEO, New Music USA (Part 1).


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