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.”
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Artist and teacher BARRY VAN DUSEN returns to Inquiry to talk about his new work, his teaching, and working with Guy Tudor on the monumental Birds of Brazil. Barry has a new show up at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, where he is the Resident Artist this year, titled BIRDS, BEASTS, AND BLOSSOMS: PAINTINGS BY BARRY VAN DUSEN. This exhibition will feature a wide range of his beautiful watercolor paintings. For directions, times and other information, go to:
You may think you know a definition of life, but you would be wrong. Many biologists and scientists are struggling to come up with a theory of life that we can test. In recent decades bacteria have been discovered living in hot springs in temperatures high enough to cook all other life. Life has now been found living in sulphur springs, in caustic soda lakes, deep in the earth’s crust and even in the salt lakes. All places we thought life could never exist. But these extremophile forms of life are only the beginning. Supposed there is life not based on the Carbon atom? Could there be Silicon life? Or could there be life that uses Arsenic? Is it possible there is life that lives in hydrogen fluoride or sulphuric acid or ammonia? The answers may surprise you. Tonight we talk with DAVID TOOMEY, associate professor of English and the Director of the Professional Writing and Technical Communication Program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His new book WEIRD LIFE: THE SEARCH FOR LIFE THAT IS VERY, VERY DIFFERENT FROM OUR OWN will change the way you think about “life”.
Nikola Tesla was one of the most dynamic and controversial figures in the history of electricity and science. His significant contributions in the use of Alternating Current, radio and radio-controlled devices have often been ignored by the history books. Yet others worship him as the counter-culture father of free energy and a man who communicated with extraterrestrials. David Bowie even played him in a film. What is the truth about Tesla and his inventions? My guest tonight is W. BERNARD CARLSON, Professor of Science, technology and Society in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His new dynamic and thorough biography is TESLA: INVENTOR OF THE ELECTRICAL AGE and it is the first book to portray Tesla in all his brilliance and folly.
Rudresh Mahanthappa creates an explosive blend of South Indian classical music and progressive jazz. Named the Jazz Journalists Association's "Alto Saxophonist of the Year" for four years running, his innovative music reflects his experience as a second-generation Indian-American and has made him a Guggenheim fellow. He shares his fascinating style and story on this edition of Piano Jazz.
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