Susan Lewis http://wrti.org en The Beloved Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song http://wrti.org/post/beloved-ella-fitzgerald-first-lady-song <p></p><p>The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25th, 1917, and died in 1996; she would have turned 98 next week. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, "The Queen of Jazz" - also called "The First Lady of Song," left a lasting legacy on American song and jazz.</p><p>http://youtu.be/u2bigf337aU</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:56:13 +0000 Susan Lewis 7188 at http://wrti.org The Beloved Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song Taking Jazz to Spiritual Settings http://wrti.org/post/taking-jazz-spiritual-settings <p></p><p><strong>The Jazz Sanctuary</strong> is an organization that takes jazz into houses of worship and other nontraditional venues. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, founder Alan Segal says jazz and the spiritual community drove his recovery from a life-threatening crisis.</p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.thejazzsanctuary.com/musicevents.html" target="_blank"><strong>The Jazz Sanctuary presents concerts open to the public at houses of worship and other non-profit venues. Information about&nbsp;upcoming concerts.</strong></a></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:44:49 +0000 Susan Lewis 7189 at http://wrti.org Taking Jazz to Spiritual Settings A Jam-Packed Jazz Celebration in Center City http://wrti.org/post/jam-packed-jazz-celebration-center-city <p></p><p>The third annual<strong> <a href="http://ccjazzfest.com/" target="_blank">Center City Jazz Festival </a></strong>is coming up on <strong>Saturday, April 19th</strong>&nbsp; There are 16 bands performing in a six-hour period, in four venues in downtown Philadelphia. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.</p><p>The festival warms up on <a href="http://www.philamuseum.org/artafter5" target="_blank"><strong>Friday, April 11th at Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. </strong></a></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:45:47 +0000 Susan Lewis 7169 at http://wrti.org A Jam-Packed Jazz Celebration in Center City Poulenc's Aubade: A Still-Unique Choreographic Concerto http://wrti.org/post/poulencs-aubade-still-unique-choreographic-concerto <p></p><p>In 1929, an unusual work by a versatile 20th-century French composer premiered at the home of his wealthy patrons. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, this piece, still unique in the classical repertoire, is part piano concerto and part ballet, in a chamber music setting.</p><p>http://youtu.be/G-YidsN0B9A</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Listen to The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, Sunday, April 13 at 1 pm to hear conductor Stephane Deneve lead the Philadelphians in works by Stravinsky and Prokofiev.</strong></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:27:27 +0000 Susan Lewis 7162 at http://wrti.org Poulenc's Aubade: A Still-Unique Choreographic Concerto Vladimir Jurowski's Fascinating Family Connection With Rachmaninoff's Songs http://wrti.org/post/vladimir-jurowskis-fascinating-family-connection-rachmaninoffs-songs <p></p><p>WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, April 6 at 1 pm features several works of a celebrated Russian composer, conductor and pianist who had a close relationship with the ensemble. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the concert will be led by someone with connections of his own to the music and the man.</p><p>http://youtu.be/fW630zFA93Y</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 00:03:56 +0000 Susan Lewis 7136 at http://wrti.org Vladimir Jurowski's Fascinating Family Connection With Rachmaninoff's Songs Remembering The Sensational Billie Holiday http://wrti.org/post/remembering-sensational-billie-holiday <p></p><p>Jazz great <strong>Billie Holiday,</strong> who died at age 44 in 1959, would have turned 99 on April 7, 2014. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, in her short career, this Philadelphia-born singer made a huge impact on jazz and American song.</p><p>http://youtu.be/4P0hG3sD0-E</p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.solunlimitedjazz.com/" target="_blank"><strong>The Sol Unlimited Jazz and Arts website</strong></a> has more information about Serena Sol Brown's own music as well as Sol Unlimited's summer festival in Philadelphia.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:04:27 +0000 Susan Lewis 7140 at http://wrti.org Remembering The Sensational Billie Holiday Mstislav Rostropovich's Modern Torchbearer: Cellist Johannes Moser http://wrti.org/post/mstislav-rostropovichs-modern-torchbearer-cellist-johannes-moser <p></p><p>This week marks the birth of the celebrated 20th-century Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, one of his recordings with Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra motivated one of today’s leading concert soloists, Johannes Moser, to pursue his career.&nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/kq1erEVES1M</p><p>http://youtu.be/dvRCw3OPWiM</p><p></p><p></p><p>http://youtu.be/WyF_pWzegXA</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:10:28 +0000 Susan Lewis 7111 at http://wrti.org Mstislav Rostropovich's Modern Torchbearer: Cellist Johannes Moser Performing The Majestic Music of J.S. Bach: A Modern Yet Historical Approach http://wrti.org/post/performing-majestic-music-js-bach-modern-yet-historical-approach <p></p><p>J.S. Bach’s 329th birthday is Monday, March 31st. In recent years, the iconic composer’s music has been embraced by period performers, and played less frequently by big symphony orchestras. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, <strong>The Philadelphia Orchestra takes a very modern - yet historical - approach to his music in WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, March 30th at 1 pm. </strong></p><p>The broadcast also features Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and music of Strauss and Mahler.</p><p>http://youtu.be/x9Sbk3E8-ws</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:50:17 +0000 Susan Lewis 7112 at http://wrti.org Performing The Majestic Music of J.S. Bach: A Modern Yet Historical Approach Tan Dun: Building on Bela Bartok's Legacy http://wrti.org/post/tan-dun-building-bela-bartoks-legacy <p></p><p>Hungarian pianist and composer Bela Bartok was born on March 25th in the year 1881. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he is revered by a prominent contemporary composer who is building on Bartok’s legacy.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Tan Dun's <em><strong>Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women </strong></em>was premiered in the U.S. by The Philadelphia Orchestra this season, and broadcast on WRTI in December, 2013.</p><p>http://youtu.be/g-1t-lnJ3Yg</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:00:02 +0000 Susan Lewis 7087 at http://wrti.org Tan Dun: Building on Bela Bartok's Legacy The Genius of Coltrane: Player and Composer http://wrti.org/post/genius-coltrane-player-and-composer <p></p><p>Born in North Carolina in 1926, saxophone player and composer <strong>John Coltrane</strong> spent over a decade in Philadelphia and then moved to New York. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the impact of Coltrane, who expanded the boundaries of jazz with a wide range of styles.&nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/P3teY5qtIUQ</p><p>Coltrane’s house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1999. Efforts to preserve the house are ongoing.</p><p></p><p>http://youtu.be/f5b91E7_ZdY</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Susan Lewis 7086 at http://wrti.org The Genius of Coltrane: Player and Composer