Creatively Speaking http://wrti.org en 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 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? 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 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! 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 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 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 An Orchestra Musician Who Has Seen Them All http://wrti.org/post/orchestra-musician-who-has-seen-them-all <p></p><p>Since its founding in 1900, The Philadelphia&nbsp;Orchestra has had four music directors whose tenures have lasted more than a decade. Today, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, there is one member of the ensemble who has played under all of these great conductors.</p><p>When violinist Herbert Light won his audition for the Orchestra in 1961, it was his second job offer in a week.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:45:11 +0000 Jim Cotter 7170 at http://wrti.org An Orchestra Musician Who Has Seen Them All American Audiences Missing Out On Many Great Performers http://wrti.org/post/american-audiences-missing-out-many-great-performers <p></p><p>Over the past decade or so, it has become increasingly difficult for overseas musicians without well-established reputations in the U.S. to get permission to travel here for work. However, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, when a powerhouse such as The Philadelphia Orchestra wants a particular soloist, they usually get their man, or woman.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:56:56 +0000 Jim Cotter 7161 at http://wrti.org American Audiences Missing Out On Many Great Performers