Saturday Classics http://wrti.org en LA Opera on WRTI: Britten's BILLY BUDD, August 2, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/la-opera-wrti-brittens-billy-budd-august-2-1-pm <p>James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus for one of Benjamin Britten's masterpieces. Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, adapted into a libretto by English novelist E.M. Forster and writer Eric Crozier, <em><strong>Billy Budd </strong></em>tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. It's a tragedy of "sexual discharge gone evil," as Forster described it, and a work that has captivated audiences around the world since its 1951 world premiere.<br /> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:44:12 +0000 WRTI Staff 7525 at http://wrti.org LA Opera on WRTI: Britten's BILLY BUDD, August 2, 1 PM War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown http://wrti.org/post/war-words-met-opera-may-signal-shutdown When an opera company is in the midst of contentious labor negotiations, the results can be dramatic. This week, the war of words between unions and management at New York's Metropolitan Opera, the world's largest opera company, escalated. An Aug. 1 shut down now seems likely.<p>At the center of the debate is the ballooning Met budget, which stood at $200 million in 2006 but has since climbed to more than $325 million. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 7520 at http://wrti.org War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown 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 LA Opera on WRTI: Bizet's CARMEN, July 19, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/la-opera-wrti-bizets-carmen-july-19-1-pm <p><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ad.doubleclick.net/activity;src=1379696;dcnet=4155;boom=79571;sz=1x1;ord=4?" width="1" />No man can resist Carmen’s gypsy charms. But when she’s ready to move on, watch out! A riveting drama of love and jealousy, filled with famously alluring melodies and captivating dances, <strong><em>Carmen </em></strong>is one of the world’s most popular operas. Georges Bizet’s immortal score overflows with one delight after another - a music lover’s hit parade of opera’s most intoxicating melodies. Placido Domingo conducts. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:25:38 +0000 WRTI Staff 7495 at http://wrti.org LA Opera on WRTI: Bizet's CARMEN, July 19, 1 PM Works by Lorin Maazel: The New York Philharmonic on WRTI, July 20, 3 to 5 PM http://wrti.org/post/works-lorin-maazel-new-york-philharmonic-wrti-july-20-3-5-pm <p>In the summer of 1943, <strong>Lorin Maazel </strong>could be found conducting the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra (what is today the New York Philharmonic) at Lewisohn Stadium on the campus of City College of New York. Other conductors on the summer series included Fritz Reiner, Andre Kostelanetz, Morton Gould, and Antal Dorati. But, Maazel was&nbsp;only 13 years old.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:51:19 +0000 WRTI Staff 7503 at http://wrti.org Works by Lorin Maazel: The New York Philharmonic on WRTI, July 20, 3 to 5 PM Legendary Man of Music: Lorin Varencove Maazel, 1930-2014 http://wrti.org/post/legendary-man-music-lorin-varencove-maazel-1930-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maestro </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Lorin Maazel&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">passed away last Sunday at the age of 84. &nbsp;This legendary man of music devoted over 75 years to his craft. To him, music was a bridge-builder - a way to bring peace to the world and its people. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:43:25 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7502 at http://wrti.org Legendary Man of Music: Lorin Varencove Maazel, 1930-2014 Mahler's 4th Symphony: The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI, July 20, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/mahlers-4th-symphony-philadelphians-concert-wrti-july-20-1-pm <p>You won't want to miss the optimism and sunshine of <strong>Gustav Mahler</strong>’s Symphony No. 4, drawing much of its balance and influence from the Classical era, this <strong>Sunday, July 20th at 1 pm.</strong> It's the&nbsp;Philadelphians in a performance from October in Verizon Hall, a re-broadcast from November, 2013.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:49:22 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 6668 at http://wrti.org Mahler's 4th Symphony: The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI, July 20, 1 PM Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies http://wrti.org/post/conductor-lorin-maazel-who-brought-america-podium-dies <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esL_i0nFBaA</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:01:07 +0000 NPR Music 7488 at http://wrti.org Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies The Philadelphians and WRTI at the Mann Center: Join us on August 1st! http://wrti.org/post/philadelphians-and-wrti-mann-center-join-us-august-1st <p>WRTI has teamed up with <strong>The Philadelphia Orchestra </strong>and <strong>The Mann Center for the Performing Arts </strong>to present our first-ever <strong>People's Choice Concert.</strong> Join us at the Mann on <strong>August 1st</strong> when the Fabulous Philadelphians play a *program selected by YOU! <strong>Gregg Whiteside</strong> will be your host for the evening<strong>.</strong> <strong>Astral Artist <a href="http://astralartists.org/our-artists/current-roster/eunice-kimviolin/" target="_blank">Eunice Kim</a> (violin) </strong>will be the soloist.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:55:09 +0000 WRTI Staff 7321 at http://wrti.org The Philadelphians and WRTI at the Mann Center: Join us on August 1st! Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Mozart's LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, July 5, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/lyric-opera-chicago-wrti-mozarts-la-clemenza-di-tito-july-5-1-pm <p>Sex and power are front and center in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's riveting <em><strong>La Clemenza di Tito</strong></em>. Can a Roman emperor forgive a woman who either wants to marry him or murder him? And can he pardon the would-be assassin who's supposedly his best friend? Find out in this spellbinding opera broadcast on <strong>Saturday, July 5, 1 to 4 pm.</strong></p><p>http://youtu.be/GogOe2tw5v0</p><p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_clemenza_di_Tito#Synopsis" target="_blank"><strong>Synopsis</strong></a></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:21:48 +0000 WRTI Staff 7471 at http://wrti.org Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Mozart's LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, July 5, 1 PM