Jim Cotter http://wrti.org en The Don Is Back! http://wrti.org/post/don-back <p></p><p>Don Juan, one of fiction's most infamous scoundrels, returns to the opera stage in Philadelphia next week.&nbsp; As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, <a href="http://www.operaphila.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Opera Philadelphia</strong></a>'s latest production is also a showcase for singers who learned their craft in the city.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:45:55 +0000 Jim Cotter 7192 at http://wrti.org The Don Is Back! An Orchestra Musician Who Has Seen Them All http://wrti.org/post/orchestra-musician-who-has-seen-them-all <p></p><p>Since its founding in 1900, The Philadelphia&nbsp;Orchestra has had four music directors whose tenures have lasted more than a decade. Today, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, there is one member of the ensemble who has played under all of these great conductors.</p><p>When violinist Herbert Light won his audition for the Orchestra in 1961, it was his second job offer in a week.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:45:11 +0000 Jim Cotter 7170 at http://wrti.org An Orchestra Musician Who Has Seen Them All American Audiences Missing Out On Many Great Performers http://wrti.org/post/american-audiences-missing-out-many-great-performers <p></p><p>Over the past decade or so, it has become increasingly difficult for overseas musicians without well-established reputations in the U.S. to get permission to travel here for work. However, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, when a powerhouse such as The Philadelphia Orchestra wants a particular soloist, they usually get their man, or woman.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:56:56 +0000 Jim Cotter 7161 at http://wrti.org American Audiences Missing Out On Many Great Performers Meet The Met Opera's New Mimi! http://wrti.org/post/meet-met-operas-new-mimi <p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:57:16 +0000 Jim Cotter 7145 at http://wrti.org Meet The Met Opera's New Mimi! Composer Aaron Jay Kernis Honored In Delaware http://wrti.org/post/composer-aaron-jay-kernis-honored-delaware <p></p><p>Philadelphia-area native Aaron Jay Kernis is among the most successful and prolific living American composers. The 54-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner has written music in almost every form except opera and ballet. WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports on a master of melody who this week receives a prestigious local award.</p><p>http://youtu.be/gCofp_5eZPE</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:02:24 +0000 Jim Cotter 7152 at http://wrti.org Composer Aaron Jay Kernis Honored In Delaware "Manny" Ax: A Man For All Eras http://wrti.org/post/manny-ax-man-all-eras <p></p><p>On this week's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, we'll hear one of the music world's most beloved and respected classical musicians perform in two separate works. WRTI's Jim Cotter reports on a pianist who is equally at home in the music of today and of centuries past.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:45:17 +0000 Jim Cotter 7117 at http://wrti.org "Manny" Ax: A Man For All Eras Joyce DiDonato's Life On The Operatic A-List http://wrti.org/post/joyce-didonatos-life-operatic-list <div><p>The superstar mezzo-soprano<strong> Joyce DiD0nato </strong>is one of the world’s most in-demand opera singers. Here she tells WRTI’s Jim Cotter about how her life and career have unfolded since those faraway days at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts. <a href="http://www.princetonuniversityconcerts.org/concerts/concert/joyce-didonato-mezzo-soprano" target="_blank"><strong>She'll give a rare recital in Princeton next week. </strong></a></p><p>http://youtu.be/mX4u0D6k4hw</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:04:03 +0000 Jim Cotter 7091 at http://wrti.org Joyce DiDonato's Life On The Operatic A-List American Playwright Edward Albee: Going Strong in his 80s http://wrti.org/post/american-playwright-edward-albee-going-strong-his-80s <p></p><p>Three-time Pulitzer-winning playwright <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Albee" target="_blank"><strong>Edward Albee</strong></a> once vowed to keep writing until he was "90 or gaga."&nbsp; As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, this most celebrated of writers moves one year closer to 90 this week, without yet exhibiting too many signs of going gaga.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:55:26 +0000 Jim Cotter 7076 at http://wrti.org American Playwright Edward Albee: Going Strong in his 80s A Famous Violin Concerto on a Period, Non-Period Instrument http://wrti.org/post/famous-violin-concerto-period-non-period-instrument <p></p><p>On this Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, we'll hear a performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports the instrument on which it is being played would have sounded very familiar to the composer.</p><p>In 1878 Pyotr Tchaikovsky wrote a violin concerto for the Hungarian violinist <strong>Leopold Auer.</strong> It was to be performed on Auer's 1690 Stradivarius, which is today the main instrument of the Russian-born Israeli violinist <strong>Vadim Gluzman.</strong></p><p>http://youtu.be/wTz_kEf0HQ8</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:43:55 +0000 Jim Cotter 7067 at http://wrti.org A Famous Violin Concerto on a Period, Non-Period Instrument An Official Debut For Philadelphia Orchestra's Associate Conductor http://wrti.org/post/official-debut-philadelphia-orchestras-associate-conductor <p></p><p>Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor <strong>Cristian Măcelaru</strong> is emerging as one of the most promising of the next generation of classical music leaders. <strong>This Sunday, March 9th, on WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast, we'll hear him conduct his first, regularly scheduled, subscription concert. </strong>But, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, he may well be one of the orchestra's most experienced in-house debutantes.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 03:09:31 +0000 Jim Cotter 7036 at http://wrti.org An Official Debut For Philadelphia Orchestra's Associate Conductor