Stephen Sondheim is undeniably the best-known living composer and lyricist working in the American theatre, having earned multiple Tony and Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. He was mentored by playwright Oscar Hammerstein II and studied theory with composer Milton Babbitt. This episode showcases a selection of tunes penned by Sondheim, including "Send In The Clowns, "Old Friends, and "I Wish I Could Forget, on which he sings and plays piano.
Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively discussion with visual artists LISA BARTHELSON, ROSE LEBEAU and CARRIE CRANE. They are three of the four artists featured in the exhibition ILLUMINATIONS at the Krikorian Gallery at the Worcester Center for Crafts. (The fourth artist Nina Fletcher was unable to be here for the interview). Each artist has interpreted the idea of “illuminations” differently and each is showing new work. Tune in tonight to learn about the visions and work of these three very different and visually compelling artists.
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(NB: pictured is a section of “Bolton Orchards” by Crane)
Guitarist/vocalist Matt Munisteri talks about drawing on jazz and western swing for his unique approach to playing and composing.
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back cosmologist, writer, science consultant and broadcaster MARCUS CHOWN. His new eye-popping book is SOLAR SYSTEM: A VISUAL EXPLORATION OF THE PLANTS, MOONS, AND OTHER HEAVENLY BODIES THAT ORBIT OUR SUN, abook based on the popular app for the iPad, Tune in tonight as explore the weird and wild moons of Jupiter and Saturn. We also will learn why Pluto was downgraded to a mere dwarf planet and take a mind-blowing trip descending through the atmosphere of Jupiter. “The great thing about the solar system is that it continually confounds our expectations.”
The piano is 300 years old and from the time of its creation it has cast a spell over musicians and audiences alike. The piano changed the ways in which musicians toured and presented themselves to the public and the piano changed audiences expectations about presentation and showmanship. From Mozart’s first concertos to Jerry Lee Lewis’ incendiary keyboard techniques, the piano has captured the mind and soul of musicians and listeners all over the world like no other musical instrument. Tune in tonight for a wide-ranging talk with pianist and writer STUART ISACOFF. His latest fascinating and entertaining history is A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE PIANO: THE INSTRUMENT, THE MUSIC, THE MUSICIANS. FROM MOZART TO MODERN JAZZ AND EVERYHTING IN BETWEEN.
The cry of the trumpet over the swell of lush strings: Wynton Marsalis and his quintet join a chamber orchestra conducted by Robert Sadin to revisit "Stardust," "Baby Won't You Please Come Home," and "After You're Gone." Hold onto your heart. Wendell Pierce hosts.
The recent Tea Party activism that has spread across the country is by no means a novel phenomenon. In fact since the 1700's there have been at least 10 so called "Tea Parties" in America. Join Al this Sunday evening at 10:30 when he is joined by historian Joseph Cummins author of the new book, "Ten Tea Parties". Their discussion will center on how these patriotic protests have shaped the political landscape in this country.
Boston GreenFest is organized by the Foundation for a Green Future. As the region's largest multicultural, environmental festival, Boston GreenFest celebrates the many ways we can create a better world by greening our lives and our communities.
In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Karen Weber, the founder and chief organizer of Boston GreenFest as well as the founder and driving force behind the Foundation for a Green Future.
In the late 70s and early 80s, bands like The Talking Heads, Devo, the B52s and OMD help define an exciting and progressive modern pop music that was called “New Wave”. But is there an easy definition for this extremely varied music ? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with THEO CATEFORIS, Assistant Professor of Music History and Culture in the Department of Art and Music Histories at Syracuse University. His new book ARE WE NOT NEW WAVE? MODERN POP AT THE TURN OF THE 1980S brings a surprising scholarly analysis to this progressive music that defined a generation of alternative music listeners. Tune in and find out why Devo epitomizes a neurotic disorder of the late nineteenth century, how Adam Ant found his groove in the Burundi Beat and whether The Knack were Postmodernists.
Joan Jett was and continues to be one of the hardest rocking and hardest working musicians in rock. The fact that she was a pioneer for women to be considered serious players in the rock world is only one of her many accomplishments. Today, in her 50s, she continues to play and write music that is quintessential rock and roll. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with prolific author DAVE THOMPSON about his new biography: BAD REPUTATION: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF JOAN JETT. Tune in and learn about Jett’s early days in the Runaways and how the Black Hearts eventually came to be.
Rene Marie asks rhetorically, "Do you remember when it was not unusual for jazz composers to write about social issues? What happened?" and answers her question in song. Enjoy the only night on record with the exuberant Rene Marie, Carla Cook and Allan Harris together, singing music by Eric Bibb, Oscar Brown Jr., Donnie Hathaway, Gene McDaniel and Leonard Cohen.
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