Meridee Duddleston http://wrti.org en Did the Cabaret Tax Kill Big Bands? http://wrti.org/post/did-cabaret-tax-kill-big-bands <p></p><p>In 1944 big dance bands were&nbsp; all the rage.&nbsp; They were so popular that to gain additional revenue for World War II,&nbsp; a 30 percent "cabaret tax" was enforced on the gross receipts of any "public place where music and dancing privileges...except instrumental or mechanical music alone,&nbsp; are afforded the patrons in connection with the serving or selling of food, refreshment, or merchandise."</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:20:24 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7193 at http://wrti.org Did the Cabaret Tax Kill Big Bands? It's Official! The City Of Philadelphia Appreciates Jazz http://wrti.org/post/its-official-city-philadelphia-appreciates-jazz <p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:49:00 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7177 at http://wrti.org It's Official! The City Of Philadelphia Appreciates Jazz Last Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story http://wrti.org/post/last-call-downbeat-dizzy-gillespie-story <p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:22:57 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7149 at http://wrti.org Last Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story The Fiddlers of Time for Three: Not Your Average Classical Music Trio http://wrti.org/post/fiddlers-time-three-not-your-average-classical-music-trio <p></p><p>Three former Curtis students have been winning over audiences with their chemistry, virtuosity, and ability to think outside the classical music box for over a decade. Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall play violin; Ranaan Meyer plays double bass. Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon composed Concerto 4-3 with <a href="http://www.tf3.com/" target="_blank"><strong>"Time for Three" (tf3)</strong></a> in mind.&nbsp; WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston spoke with Meyer last November when the trio was in Utah to perform at a benefit for the Utah Symphony.</p><p>http://youtu.be/34bgjdQRjIM</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:08:44 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7106 at http://wrti.org The Fiddlers of Time for Three: Not Your Average Classical Music Trio 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> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:21:25 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7096 at http://wrti.org Ouch! The Mortal Misstep Of The Sun King's Composer You LOVE The Philly POPS...Admit It! http://wrti.org/post/you-love-philly-popsadmit-it <p></p><p></p><p>It was Peter Nero and the Philly POPS from the orchestra’s inception in 1979. But after taking over for Nero last July, <strong>Michael Krajewski</strong> is creating his own signature as music director.&nbsp; In the midst of his first season, the in-demand conductor has high praise for the Philly POPs orchestra as he creates his own brand of the fun, entertainment, and surprise that is part of the POPS experience.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:46:32 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7068 at http://wrti.org You LOVE The Philly POPS...Admit It! 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, 03 Mar 2014 12:46:45 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7046 at http://wrti.org The President's Own: The United States Marine Band A Quick Lesson on the Clarinet http://wrti.org/post/quick-lesson-clarinet <p>You know it when you hear it. Deep and shrill, resonant and bright, smooth or not – the clarinet adds a diverse range to the woodwind family. Temple University Associate Professor of Music Emily Threinen gave WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston a quick course on its historic origins.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:29:08 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7018 at http://wrti.org A Quick Lesson on the Clarinet A Young Composer's Musical Mirror to Iraq War Veteran's Haunting Novel http://wrti.org/post/young-composers-musical-mirror-iraq-war-veterans-haunting-novel <p></p><p><strong>Curtis graduate student Alyssa Weinberg</strong> read and re-read this year’s <a href="http://libwww.freelibrary.org/onebook/obop14/index.cfm" target="_blank"><strong>One Book, One Philadelphia choice </strong></a>as she composed <strong><em>Prayer</em>,</strong> her work inspired by <strong><em>The Yellow Birds.</em> </strong>With war as its setting, the novel by Kevin Powers makes a zigzag journey in time and place between Iraq, Fort Dix, a base in Germany, and Virginia - the place a young Private Bartle leaves, and returns to, profoundly changed.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:35:44 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7005 at http://wrti.org A Young Composer's Musical Mirror to Iraq War Veteran's Haunting Novel "One Book" We're Reading This Year in Philadelphia: The Yellow Birds http://wrti.org/post/one-book-were-reading-year-philadelphia-yellow-birds <p></p><p>The Free Library of Philadelphia's <em>One Book, One Philadelphia </em>selection for 2014 is <em><strong>The Yellow Birds, </strong></em>written by Kevin Powers, an Iraq War veteran. He says he didn't set out to write a sweeping epic about the war, but rather tried to create a complete picture of the psychological, emotional, and physical experience the war has on 21-year-old Private Bartle.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:26:20 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 6974 at http://wrti.org "One Book" We're Reading This Year in Philadelphia: The Yellow Birds