Meridee Duddleston http://wrti.org en Appalachian Spring Eternal: The Story Behind "Ballet for Martha" http://wrti.org/post/appalachian-spring-eternal-story-behind-ballet-martha <div><p></p><p>In the midst of World War II, a collaboration between choreographer Martha Graham and composer Aaron Copland gave birth to an enduring American classic. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston hears <em>Appalachian Spring</em> in a new way.</p><p>http://youtu.be/XmgaKGSxQVw</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:29:44 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 6609 at http://wrti.org Appalachian Spring Eternal: The Story Behind "Ballet for Martha" Jazz Is...Charlie Rice http://wrti.org/post/jazz-ischarlie-rice <p></p><p>Steady work is a coveted and rare prize among many jazz musicians. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston visits a force in the local jazz scene who never had a problem getting gigs. Recognized by Mayor Michael Nutter for his enduring contribution to the city’s jazz scene,&nbsp; jazz drummer Charlie Rice has been keeping the beat for more than 70 years and counting.</p><p><a href="http://www.jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts/suzanne-cloud/" target="_blank"><strong>Information about Jazz Bridge concerts at Collingswood Community Center</strong></a></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 6555 at http://wrti.org Jazz Is...Charlie Rice How a Mentor Inspired A Life In Music: Blanche Burton-Lyles Keeps Marian Anderson’s Memory Alive http://wrti.org/post/how-mentor-inspired-life-music-blanche-burton-lyles-keeps-marian-anderson-s-memory-alive <p></p><p>A classical pianist considered Marian Anderson’s protégé was the beneficiary of the opera star’s generous encouragement and wisdom.&nbsp; As a child, <strong>Blanche Burton-Lyles</strong> lived in South Philadelphia near the home that <strong>Marian Anderson</strong> called her "dream home."&nbsp; Anderson knew Blanche’s parents, and would invite the young prodigy to her home to play the living-room piano. It was a life-long relationship. And even in her later years, Burton-Lyles and Anderson kept up through letters after Anderson moved to the West Coast.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:25:09 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7481 at http://wrti.org How a Mentor Inspired A Life In Music: Blanche Burton-Lyles Keeps Marian Anderson’s Memory Alive The Musical Treasure Trove At The Library Of Congress http://wrti.org/post/musical-treasure-trove-library-congress <p>A manuscript of a J.S. Bach cantata casts a new light on how Bach intended the piece to be played. A singer gains insight from a line in a <em>Porgy and Bess </em>manuscript that differs from the final lyrics. The Music Division of the massive Library of Congress in Washington, DC,&nbsp; is a place where performers, composers,&nbsp;scholars&nbsp;and the general public make discoveries of the musical kind.</p><p>Case in point: in a series of letters written in 1957 to his wife Felicia, while she was visiting her family in Santiago, Chile, <a href="http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/bernstein/" target="_blank"><strong>Leonard Bernstein </strong></a>faithfully chronicles the progress of <em>West Side Story </em>during the final weeks of rehearsal through the show’s out-of-town opening in Washington, D.C.&nbsp; The letters reveal Bernstein’s changing emotions about the show from frustration and agony to his final state of euphoria.&nbsp; In addition to comments about <em>West Side Story</em>, Bernstein writes about signing his contract as conductor with the New York Philharmonic, his upcoming thirty-ninth birthday, and how much he misses Felicia and their children, Jamie and Alexander. <a href="http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/westsidestory/westsidestory-bernstein.html" target="_blank"><strong>Read the letters here.</strong></a></p><p><a href="http://www.loc.gov/rr/perform/guide/spcmus.html" target="_blank"><strong>The Special Collections of the Music Division </strong></a>are truly fascinating and constitute a resource for musical scholarship that is unmatched anywhere in the world. These unique bodies of materials are extraordinarily vast and diverse, yet very much interrelated. They include some of the greatest treasures of the Music Division and the Library of Congress.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 6234 at http://wrti.org The Musical Treasure Trove At The Library Of Congress The President's Own: The United States Marine Band http://wrti.org/post/presidents-own-united-states-marine-band <p></p><p>One of the most prominent bands in nation, and the country's oldest, continuously active musical organization, is frequently heard on WRTI's weekday 7:15 am Sousalarm. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston shares a glimpse of the U.S. Marine Band.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:49:55 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7046 at http://wrti.org The President's Own: The United States Marine Band Your Brain On Music: The Science Behind The Pleasure http://wrti.org/post/your-brain-music-science-behind-pleasure <p></p><p></p><p>It’s no secret that a favorite piece of music can evoke profound pleasure and emotion. We've all experienced the “chills” response. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston hears from a neuroscientist about the visceral and culturally conditioned effect of music on the brain.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:58:32 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7422 at http://wrti.org Your Brain On Music: The Science Behind The Pleasure Ouch! The Mortal Misstep Of The Sun King's Composer http://wrti.org/post/ouch-mortal-misstep-sun-kings-composer <p></p><p>Falling off the podium or into the orchestra pit weren’t the occupational hazards befalling French Baroque composer <strong>Jean-Baptiste Lully</strong> - but his was no less risky. Temple University Professor <strong>Steven Zohn,</strong> an expert in Baroque music, recounts the conducting move that led to Lully’s death.<br /><br />Zohn says Lully, who first came to the attention of King Louis XIV as a dancer, profited from his relationship with the monarch - and his power over the musical facets of the royal court became wider and wider.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:28:33 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7096 at http://wrti.org Ouch! The Mortal Misstep Of The Sun King's Composer A Ballerina's Pointe-Shoe Paradise! http://wrti.org/post/ballerinas-pointe-shoe-paradise-0 <div><p>The artistry and athleticism of the ballet dancer can soar with a well-fitting pointe shoe. On a given weekend, members of three generations of the Jenkins family might be on the scene at The Rosin Box, a jewel-like shop on Sansom Street in Philadelphia, just a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square, where ballet slippers and pointe shoes are sold - and, where music lives.<br /> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7374 at http://wrti.org A Ballerina's Pointe-Shoe Paradise! Teaching the Art of Listening: Temple's Steven Kreinberg Opens Doors to Classical Music and Jazz http://wrti.org/post/teaching-art-listening-temples-steven-kreinberg-opens-doors-classical-music-and-jazz <p></p><p>The highest aspiration for those who teach is to do it in a way that transforms lives. Professor <strong>Steven Kreinberg</strong>, a faculty member at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, reveals what happens in his popular course <strong>"The Art of Listening."&nbsp;</strong> It’s a special kind of class that opens the door for college students to the world of classical music, jazz, opera, and musicals.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:51:49 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7366 at http://wrti.org Teaching the Art of Listening: Temple's Steven Kreinberg Opens Doors to Classical Music and Jazz Jazz Guitarist And Vocalist Jimi Odell: The Music Is You http://wrti.org/post/jazz-guitarist-and-vocalist-jimi-odell-music-you <p>A musician’s understanding of his artistry often deepens over time. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston gets a perspective from a jazz man who’s performed for over a half century. Guitarist and vocalist Jimi Odell has been called one of Philadelphia’s best-kept secrets. And even though he wasn’t born here, local jazz buffs proudly claim him as their own. Now in his '80s, Odell bought himself a guitar and an instruction book when he was 19. Looking back he says it’s not an easy instrument to master.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 12:14:34 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 6710 at http://wrti.org Jazz Guitarist And Vocalist Jimi Odell: The Music Is You