Classical Weekdays http://wrti.org en The Passing of The Crossing's Jeffrey Dinsmore http://wrti.org/post/passing-crossings-jeffrey-dinsmore <p><a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/20140416_Singer_Jeffrey_Dinsmore__42.html" target="_blank"><strong>Jeffrey Dinsmore</strong>,</a> co-founder and integral member of the Philadelphia choral ensemble The Crossing, died suddenly on Monday in Los Angeles at age 42. The Crossing's conductor <strong>Donald Nally sent out this email message (below) about Jeff's passing. </strong>This is such a sad loss for Jeff's family and loved ones, and for everyone in Philadelphia's choral community. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:52:11 +0000 Kile Smith 7208 at http://wrti.org The Passing of The Crossing's Jeffrey Dinsmore The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Easter Sunday at 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/philadelphia-orchestra-concert-wrti-bachs-st-matthew-passion-easter-sunday-1-pm <p></p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Yannick Nezet-Seguin&nbsp;conducts one of the supreme monuments in Western music, and the work that initiated the great rediscovery of Bach’s music when the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn conducted it in Berlin in 1829 – the <strong><em>St. Matthew Passion</em>.</strong></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:01:37 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 6372 at http://wrti.org The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Easter Sunday at 1 PM A Happy 90th Birthday Tribute to Former Philadelphia Orchestra Cellist Marcel Farago http://wrti.org/post/happy-90th-birthday-tribute-former-philadelphia-orchestra-cellist-marcel-farago-0 <p>Tune in on <strong>Thursday, April 17th during the 1 pm hour </strong>for a very special 90th birthday tribute to a very special musician and composer. <strong>Marcel Farago, </strong>longtime cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra (1955 to 1994) composed <em>In Memoriam</em> in 1989, dedicated to his wife Adele who died in 1988. Ricardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra premiered the work in the same year. Join us to hear Marcel Farago's <em>In Memoriam</em> as we celebrate his 90th.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:52:32 +0000 WRTI Staff 7206 at http://wrti.org A Happy 90th Birthday Tribute to Former Philadelphia Orchestra Cellist Marcel Farago Exploring PA's Historic Coal-Mining Culture...Through Song http://wrti.org/post/exploring-pas-historic-coal-mining-culturethrough-song <p></p><p><strong>The Mendelssohn Club Choir</strong> is mounting its biggest-ever production later this month with the premiere of <a href="http://www.anthracitefields.com/wp/" target="_blank"><em><strong>Anthracite Fields </strong></em></a>by the cutting-edge composer<strong> Julia Wolfe,</strong> who is exploring the coal-mining culture in her Pennsylvania roots. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns met with her...inside a coal mine.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:07:11 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 7196 at http://wrti.org Exploring PA's Historic Coal-Mining Culture...Through Song 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! Check Out These Classical New Releases! http://wrti.org/post/check-out-these-classical-new-releases <p>WRTI's Mark Pinto, your host for the <a href="http://wrti.org/programs/classical-new-releases" target="_blank"><em><strong>Classical New Releases </strong></em></a>show, has several newly released CDs to recommend for your listening pleasure...</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:44:20 +0000 Mark Pinto 7191 at http://wrti.org Check Out These Classical New Releases! The Met Opera on WRTI: Giordano's ANDREA CHENIER, April 12, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/met-opera-wrti-giordanos-andrea-chenier-april-12-1-pm <p>After their powerful pairing in Il Trovatore, Marcelo Álvarez and Patricia Racette reunite in Giordano’s melodramatic story of life in times of revolutionary fervor, a passionate tale of the ill-fated love of a dashing poet and an aristocratic lady, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. <strong>Saturday, April 12, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.</strong><br /><br /><a href="http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/synopsis/andrea-chenier?customid=770" target="_blank"><strong>Synopsis</strong></a><br /> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:08:15 +0000 WRTI Staff 7180 at http://wrti.org The Met Opera on WRTI: Giordano's ANDREA CHENIER, April 12, 1 PM A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World http://wrti.org/post/debut-symphony-embraced-world Conducting <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16039387/gustav-mahler" target="_blank">Gustav Mahler</a>'s First Symphony is an exhilarating and demanding task. Although it's one of his shortest symphonies (at about 55 minutes), it is an epic journey that requires countless hours of analysis and examination of the score. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 editor 7202 at http://wrti.org A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World Bach's St. John Passion for Good Friday on WRTI http://wrti.org/post/bachs-st-john-passion-good-friday-wrti <p>Join WRTI on Good Friday at noon, for a complete performance of <strong>Johann Sebastian Bach's <em>St. John Passion, </em></strong>a work written for Good Friday Vespers service of 1724 in Leipzig. This performance was recorded in concert on Good Friday in 2013 in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center.</p><p>Valentin Radu conducts his <strong>Ama Deus Ensemble</strong> and features soprano Megan Monaghan, alto Jody Kidwell, tenor Kenneth Garner, and bass-baritone Kevin Deas, and The Philadelphia Boys Choir. This performance is sung in English.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:00:14 +0000 Jack Moore 7186 at http://wrti.org Bach's St. John Passion for Good Friday on WRTI Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation http://wrti.org/post/denied-stage-she-sang-nation <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAONYTMf2pk</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:34:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 7187 at http://wrti.org Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation