Special songs from special artistes: each hour a different collection of tracks highlighting a different theme or particular style. There will also be conversations with a handful of special guests who will also be sharing their music. Stay tuned for more information!
Inquiry welcomes back IAN STEWART, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and active researcher at Warwick University in England. His latest book is VISIONS OF INFINITY: THE GREAT MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS, which describes some of the great-unsolved problems in mathematics. Some of these tough problems can be described in a sentence or two of every day language, while others focus on some of the most conceptual aspects of mathematics. But this book also wonderfully describes how mathematicians work, how they tackle difficult problems and how they finally present their findings to their colleagues. If you have ever wondered what mathematicians actually do and how they go about trying to solve some of the most abstract problems ever described, tune in.
Inquiry welcomes NICK CAPASSO, the new Director of the FITCHBURG ART MUSEUM and MARY M. TINTI the new Associate Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Tune in and learn about their visions for the future of this wonderful institution, learn about the history of the museum and some of the up coming exhibitions. For more information on the exhibitions we talk about on this show, directions to the museum and when the museum is open, please go to:
Radio France describes vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant as "disarmingly musical." In her early twenties, she's already won the Thelonious Monk competition and gained the ear of Wynton Marsalis. On this week's Piano Jazz, Salvant discusses her journey to discover jazz, and host Weber accompanies her on "I Can't Dance" and "A Fine Romance."
Interior designer and jazz vocalist Andrew Suvalsky discusses combining two full-time careers and how the two inspire each other.
Each year, the Essentially Ellington festival brings the best high school bands to Rose Hall for three days of competition and camaraderie. Step behind the stage to experience the anxiety and exhilaration of this three-day festival, and then sit out front for the heat of the band battle.
World renowned historian Harold Holzer joins Al to talk about his new book, "THE CIVIL WAR IN 50 OBJECTS". Holzer is considered the leading scholar on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. In his latest effort he discusses 50 key objects he personally selected from the New York Historical Society's collection of Civil War artifacts. As Holzer described it, each piece tells the story of Americas past. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM.
In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Matthias Waschek, director of the Worcester Art Museum. They talk about the intersection of art and business in the new economy.
In November 2011, Waschek arrived at the 116-year-old Worcester Art Museum as its new director, with an international career of 20 years in the art world. He replaced James Welu, who is now director emeritus of the museum as part of a 41-year career there – 25, as director.
As director of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, Waschek built that institution’s structure and shaped its identity as both locally anchored by and nationally recognized for its exhibitions and programming. Before moving to the United States, he was head of Academic Programs at the Louvre Museum in Paris. There, he conceived and led lecture series and symposia around collections and exhibitions, to interface between academia, the museum world and the general public.
With a Ph.D. from Bonn University on French Symbolism, Wascheck first published and lectured widely about art and artists of the second half of the 19th century. His field of scholarly work and publications broadened during his tenure at the Louvre, including proceedings of a symposium on artists’ lives, a study on Rubens’ Medici Cycle, and, for broader audiences, “What is a Masterwork?”
As director and curator of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Waschek created award-winning web-catalogs, notably “Brancusi and Serra in Dialogue,” “Portrait/Hommage/Embodiment,” and “Ideal (Dis-)Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer.” A book on Ann Hamilton’s “stylus” installation, which he curated in 2010, was published at the end of 2012.
Waschek has broad experience in communicating with and about art, as:
- A professor of art history, notably at Parsons Paris – then part of the New School for Social Research in New York City – and the école du Louvre
- A regular guest lecturer at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, the université de La Rochelle, and others
- The initiator of a ground-breaking collaboration with the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, which combined questions of art experience with those of social integration
Read now: Steve D'Agostino's GoLocalWorcester article, "Worcester Art Museum’s Waschek Moves Aggressively Into New Era"
Our special guest on Inquiry tonight is Katrina van Grouw. She was the former Curator of the ornithological collections at London’s Natural History Museum. She is also a taxidermist, birder, bird bander and a fine artist. The book "The Unfeathered Bird" is a stunning collection of her unconventional drawings of birds from around the world. Most of these artworks show species of birds without feathers, many without skin and muscles. But this is not a book about bird anatomy, but rather a rich visual mediation on how birds move and live, done with deep beauty and wit. The Unfeathered Bird is like no other contemporary natural history art book. Tune in and learn why.
Artist and writer Glyn Dillon has created one of the most beautiful and complex graphic novels to be published in some years: "The Nao of Brown". Tune in and learn about Dillon’s time storyboarding for film and television, how he created the painterly look of his work and the many sources for his story.
“Looking dapper in a gray suit and a red tie that would finish the set draped loosely around his neck,” writes The Washington Post, “Palmieri took his seat at the piano and alighted on a delicate arpeggio. A slow smile crept across the 76-year-old’s face as lyrical phrases evolved into blues riffs, which then gave way to staccato splashes .. [He] even stood up to give the audience an endearing peek at his salsa dancing skills.”
The 2013 NEA Jazz Master told his DC audience, “If there’s an iota of wisdom that I have, it’s that I don’t think my music might excite you; I know it will.”
Review by Jess Righthand
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