Philadelphia Music Needs More Markers

The region's sound has always been praised, but when it comes to its history and influences, not much is marked. Oh, there's a familiar blue and yellow stanchion on Route 202 near Doylestown, at the bucolic landscape of Oscar Hammerstein's farm which inspired "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" for the musical Oklahoma! And on Church Street in West Chester, the boyhood home of composer Samuel Barber has a marker informing passers by that he wrote the song for West Chester High School. [Read more...]

Joel Rose, Producer and Editor
Viet Le, Rachael Berenguer and Jennifer Lynn, Associate Producers
Elisabeth Perez-Luna, Executive Producer
Kenneth Finkel, Executive Director, Arts & Culture Service

Funding was provided by The William Penn Foundation.

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Marking Pennsylvania History

ExplorePAHistory.comMario Lanza
Mario Lanza brought opera to millions through his movies and his radio show. There's little doubt the South Philadelphia native had an extraordinary voice. But some say his brief artistic career never measured up to his raw talent. WHYY's Joel Rose reports. [Listen]

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