Angela Zator Nelson, associate principal timpani and section percussion, shows how she gets the sounds she wants from a timpani with mallets she makes herself. You can read the full Newsworks article and view WHYY's other musician profiles in this series below:
Hello from China, where I am presenting a new harp concerto with Tan Dun for the Shanghai International Arts Festival. This is not a conventional work and has the potential to globally galvanize women. Tan Dun has preserved yet another musical tapestry of his culture by sharing an ancient women’s secret language through the voice of the harp. From a remote village in his Hunan home, Tan Dun bonded with the last remaining women who practice this secret code, nüshu—“women’s writing”—a simplified Chinese script used exclusively among women, developed during a time in China when women lacked the same access to education as men. Messages written in nüshu along the folds of a secret fan or embroidered in cloth were the only means for a woman to communicate to her sisters. Through the feminine form of the harp this women’s secret society will be revealed.
In this WHYY/Newsworks interview, Principal Oboe Richard Woodhams talks about the driving force behind oboes: the reed! Watch the video above to find out more, and then read the full article right here.
You can also view other musician profiles in this Newsworks series below:
Acting Principal Trombone Matthew Vaughn was recently interviewed by WHYY to see how he's getting ready for the Orchestra's 2012-13 season. How does he, you ask? Find out by watching the video above, and then read the full story right here.
Welcome to the 2012-13 season at The Philadelphia Orchestra!
My name is Amalya Lehmann and I am a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, studying musicology, cognitive science, and violin. I try to attend Philadelphia Orchestra concerts weekly, and write about eZseatU and the Orchestra's season from a college student's perspective. Today’s post is on an event that’s hopefully already on your radar!
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