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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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June 28

The Edward T. Cone Composition Institute. Guests: Jacques Lacombe, music director, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Steven Mackey, professor, Princeton University.

June 21

Giving and the Arts. Guests: L. Gregg Carlson, chair, Giving USA Foundation; Randy Cohen, vice president of research and policy, Americans for the Arts; and Eileen Heisman, CEO, National Philanthropic Trust.

June 14

National service and the arts. Guests: Elizabeth Warshawer, executive vice president, The Curtis Institute of Music, and Mackenzie Moritz, associate director for strategic partnerships for The Franklin Project of The Aspen Institute.

June 7

Guest: Natasha Simone Vargas, the Poetry Out Loud NJ state champion who finished third in the NEA's national competition. Extra: Extended interview with Amy Bartow-Melia, director of public programs, Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History, about 200th anniversary celebrations for the U.S. National Anthem.

May 31

The Pennsylvania Ballet. Guests: Roy Kaiser, artistic director, and Michael Scolamiero, executive director.

May 24

The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. Guests: Zuhal Sultan, founder, and Paul MacAlindin, conductor.

May 17

A Preview of the Proms. Guest: Roger Wright, director, BBC Proms.

May 10

Salome MashUp. Guests: Allison Vulgamore, president and CEO, Philadelphia Orchestra, and David Devan, general director, Opera Philadelphia.

May 3

A look at Broadway. Guests: Howard Shapiro, theater critic at The Classical Network; Dessie Moynihan, vice president of creative projects, The Shubert Organization.

April 26

Guest: Violin maker Joseph Curtin, co-author of a study, that explored whether professional violinists could distinguish between new violins and those of the Italian masters like Stradivarius.

April 19

Classics for Kids Foundation. Guests: Michael Reynolds, founder and executive/artistic director, Classics for Kids Foundation; Alice Santana, director, Artists and Musicians of Latin America in Philadelphia, PA; and Sue Miller, music coordinator, Carman Ainsworth School District in Flint, MI.

April 12

A visit with PLOrk (Princeton Laptop Orchestra) Guest: Jeff Snyder, director, PLOrk. For photos, check out our Facebook page here.

April 5

The NeON Arts Initiative. Guests: Ann Gregg, director of community programs, Carnegie Hall; Clinton Lacey, deputy commissioner for adult operations, NYC Department of Probation; and Ayanne Cole, executive director, Life Light Street Productions.

March 29

Guest: Pianist Kimball Gallagher on his Antarctic recital.

March 15

BalletX dance program in South Philadelphia. Guests: BalletX co-founder and co-artistic director Christine Cox and Andrew Jackson School principal Lisa Kaplan.

March 8

Guests: Decoda Music ensemble members Seth Baer and Claire Bryant.

March 1

The Charles Ives Studio recreation at the National Academy of Arts and Letters.

February 22

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Kickstarter Campaign. Guests: Jode Weisfield, vice president of development, and Al Jacobsen, senior manager of corporate and tour sponsorship, Pittsburgh Symphony.

February 15

Sphinx Competition. Guests: Samuel Nebyu, Xavier Foley, and Sebastian Ortega, semi-finalists, Sphinx Competition, and Andre Dowell, artistic director and competition director, Sphinx Organization.

February 8

The future of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Guests: Gayle Rose, Memphis Symphony Board of Trustees Chair, and Roland Valliere, CEO and president, of the Memphis Symphony.

February 1

Regional 2014-2015 Season Preview - Highlights from the New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Hall season previews.

January 25

Grammy Preview. Guests: James Jordan, director, Williamson Voices at Westminster Choir College of Rider University; Kent Knappenberger, music teacher at Westfield Academy and Central School in Westfield, NY and this year's winner of the Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award; and Andrew DeNicola, director of bands at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, NJ, a finalist for the Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award.

January 18

One-hour Bach special. Guests: Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor and author, Bach - Music in the Castle of Heaven. And a look at the 100th birthday of Bach scholar William Scheide.

January 11

Guest: George Mathew, founder and artistic director, Music for Life International.

January 4

Opera Roundtable Part 2. Guests: David Devan, general director, Opera Philadelphia; Jason Tramm, artistic director; Mid-Atlantic Opera; Brendan Cooke, general director, Opera Delaware; and Sandra Millstein-Pucciatti, co-founder, Boheme Opera New Jersey.


December 28

Opera Roundtable Part 1. Guests: David Devan, general director, Opera Philadelphia; Jason Tramm, artistic director; Mid-Atlantic Opera; Brendan Cooke, general director, Opera Delaware; and Sandra Millstein-Pucciatti, co-founder, Boheme Opera New Jersey; Marc Scorca, President and CEO, Opera America.

December 21

Guest: Stephen Walsh, professor, Cardiff University, and author of Musorgsky and His Circle: A Russian Musical Adventure.

December 14

The arts and the U.S. Economy. Guests: Sunil Iyengar, director of research and analysis, and Bonnie Nichols, analyst, National Endowment for the Arts: Part 2 of Ann Meier Baker, president and CEO, Chorus America.

December 7

Why singing makes us happy - and the state of choral singing in the U.S. Guests: Stacy Horn, author, Imperfect Harmony, and Ann Meier Baker, president and CEO, Chorus America.



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