Creatively Speaking http://wrti.org en David Kim on Tchaikovsky http://wrti.org/post/david-kim-tchaikovsky <p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:12:09 +0000 Susan Lewis 7491 at http://wrti.org David Kim on Tchaikovsky How a Russian-Born Philadelphian Helped Give New Life to a Song Van Cliburn Loved http://wrti.org/post/how-russian-born-philadelphian-helped-give-new-life-song-van-cliburn-loved <p></p><p>When American pianist Van Cliburn died in 2013, funeral organizers in Texas couldn’t locate an obscure piece of music he’d requested for the service. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, thanks to a Philadelphia connection, the Russian folk song was found, and is now enjoying new life in America.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Here are several ensembles presenting the Russian folk song performed at Van Cliburn's funeral service.</p><p><strong>The Voronezh State Folk Choir (Russian)</strong></p><p>http://youtu.be/V5tUQimjTq0</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Susan Lewis 7490 at http://wrti.org How a Russian-Born Philadelphian Helped Give New Life to a Song Van Cliburn Loved 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 The Strauss Oboe Concerto and Its Philadelphia Connection http://wrti.org/post/strauss-oboe-concerto-and-its-philadelphia-connection <p></p><p>This Sunday’s re-broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert, on July 20th at 1 pm, features a celebrated oboe concerto by Richard Strauss. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the 1945 work has a Philadelphia connection.</p><p>The concert features Mahler's 4th Symphony, Britten's Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, and the Strauss Oboe Concerto with soloist Richard Woodhams.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:38:33 +0000 Susan Lewis 6652 at http://wrti.org The Strauss Oboe Concerto and Its Philadelphia Connection 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 Jazz in a Historic Philadelphia Neighborhood: Sol Unlimited Summer Concert Series http://wrti.org/post/jazz-historic-philadelphia-neighborhood-sol-unlimited-summer-concert-series <p></p><p>A summer jazz series is once again showcasing music in a historic Philadelphia neighborhood. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it’s the second season for the concerts, presented by Sol Unlimited Jazz and Arts.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:36:16 +0000 Susan Lewis 7476 at http://wrti.org Jazz in a Historic Philadelphia Neighborhood: Sol Unlimited Summer Concert Series The American Pianist Who Rocked Russia for Decades http://wrti.org/post/american-pianist-who-rocked-russia-decades <p></p><p>Saturday, July 12, 2014 would have been the 80th birthday of celebrated American pianist <strong>Van Cliburn,&nbsp; </strong>who died in 2013. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, his 1958 win in the Soviet Union’s first International Tchaikovsky Competition was a welcome sign of warmth in the midst of Cold War tensions.</p><p>http://youtu.be/d4Z1e6HWV3Y</p><p>Watch Van Cliburn play Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.3 in 1958 in Moscow:</p><p>http://youtu.be/apNTq-Tgf4w</p><p>Video of Van Cliburn playing the first movement from Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in Moscow in 1962:</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:24:24 +0000 Susan Lewis 7464 at http://wrti.org The American Pianist Who Rocked Russia for Decades Yannick Conducts His Alma Mater Choir...and The Philadelphia Orchestra! http://wrti.org/post/yannick-conducts-his-alma-mater-choirand-philadelphia-orchestra <p></p><p><strong>Westminster Choir College</strong> at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey is an epicenter for excellence in choral music. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, one of Westminster’s choirs can be heard on WRTI on Sunday, July 13 at 1 pm, conducted by a now very well-known alum of the school.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:05:38 +0000 Jim Cotter 7470 at http://wrti.org Yannick Conducts His Alma Mater Choir...and The Philadelphia Orchestra! Listening to Missa Solemnis in Canterbury Cathedral http://wrti.org/post/listening-missa-solemnis-canterbury-cathedral <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Great monuments aren’t always great concert halls. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns recently visited the 11th-century Canterbury</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Cathedral in England, and came to learn a new way of listening.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:40:12 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 7469 at http://wrti.org Listening to Missa Solemnis in Canterbury Cathedral Revisiting Beethoven's Symphonies with Yannick Nezet-Seguin http://wrti.org/post/revisiting-beethovens-symphonies-yannick-nezet-seguin <p></p><p>The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing a two-year cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, although known to generations of music lovers, these great works continue to provide insights into Western musical heritage.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Susan Lewis 6638 at http://wrti.org Revisiting Beethoven's Symphonies with Yannick Nezet-Seguin