Joe Patti http://wrti.org en Can Chinese Classical Pianist Di Wu Play Jazz With The Pros? You Bet! http://wrti.org/post/can-chinese-classical-pianist-di-wu-play-jazz-pros-you-bet <p>The more you look and listen, the more you realize that classical music and jazz tend not to stay in separate lanes. &nbsp;Sometimes they won't even use turn signals.&nbsp; A good example is "With A Gentle Touch," from the CD, <em>Classic Encounter</em> by the Ramsey Lewis Trio with the Philharmonia Orchestra under James Mack. Warning: this is a habit-forming tune, as is the whole CD. &nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/0agQyFkdhQY</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:08:13 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7198 at http://wrti.org Can Chinese Classical Pianist Di Wu Play Jazz With The Pros? You Bet! Celebrate Passover with WRTI http://wrti.org/post/celebrate-passover-wrti <p>WRTI celebrates Passover with two great specials:<strong> </strong><em><strong>A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman</strong>: Wednesday, April 16 at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2 and the All-Classical stream at wrti.org, </em>and <em><strong>The Passover Story with Theodore Bikel</strong>: Saturday, April 19 at 11:30 am</em> on Crossover.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:54:24 +0000 Joe Patti 5309 at http://wrti.org Celebrate Passover with WRTI Manfred Honeck + Pittsburgh = No More Big Five http://wrti.org/post/manfred-honeck-pittsburgh-no-more-big-five <p></p><p>Once upon a time, in the world of classical music, there lived the "Big Five." The term was used to lump together the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and our own Philadelphia Orchestra as the finest performing&nbsp;orchestras in the U.S.</p><p>But, over time, as other orchestras gained stature, both in performance and finances, the term became passe and no longer indicative of the American orchestral scene.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:07:16 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7174 at http://wrti.org Manfred Honeck + Pittsburgh = No More Big Five How Sweet The Sound: John Harbison's Music Inspires Philadelphia Composers http://wrti.org/post/how-sweet-sound-john-harbisons-music-inspires-philadelphia-composers <p></p><p><strong>Network For New Music, </strong>the award-winning new music ensemble and organization based in Philadelphia, looks at the music of the eclectic composer and pianist John Harbison at concerts and workshops from April 4 to 6, featuring music inspired by jazz, poetry, and American popular song.</p><p>http://youtu.be/Icd047CxPak</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:43:40 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7153 at http://wrti.org How Sweet The Sound: John Harbison's Music Inspires Philadelphia Composers A Doubleheader! Basic Bach, and a Seder Different From Any Other Seder http://wrti.org/post/doubleheader-basic-bach-and-seder-different-any-other-seder <p></p><p>When Bach wrote his Inventions and Sinfonias BWV&nbsp;772-801, he described them this way, "An Honest Guide by which lovers of the clavier, and particularly those with a desire to learn, are shown a plain way, not only (1) to learn and play neatly in two parts, but also, with further progress, (2) to play correctly and well in three obligato&nbsp;parts; and, at the same time, not only to obtain good musical themes, but also to develop them well; above all, however, to achieve a cantabile&nbsp;style of playing, and along with it, to gain a strong foretaste of composition."</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:57:48 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7128 at http://wrti.org A Doubleheader! Basic Bach, and a Seder Different From Any Other Seder Igor Levit: The Next-Generation Pianist Tackles Beethoven http://wrti.org/post/igor-levit-next-generation-pianist-tackles-beethoven <p></p><p>Born in 1987, and now in his 20s, he's been called, "...the finest pianist of his generation," by the <em>UK Telegraph</em>, who also commented that, ..."[he] shows that he's set to be one &nbsp;of this century's big names." He's<strong> Igor Levit.</strong> And his latest CD of the last five piano sonatas of Ludwig von Beethoven has been creating quite a stir.</p><p>http://youtu.be/TfoAQXKqzJ4</p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:16:38 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7100 at http://wrti.org Igor Levit: The Next-Generation Pianist Tackles Beethoven Philly's On Fire With Flamenco...Again! http://wrti.org/post/phillys-fire-flamencoagain <p>The biennial<strong> Philadelphia Flamenco Festival</strong>, the second so far, continues through March 16th. <a href="http://www.philaflamencofest.org/" target="_blank">Check it out here</a>! But be prepared. Flamenco has a tendency to change your life in a heartbeat.</p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:15:15 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7079 at http://wrti.org Philly's On Fire With Flamenco...Again! The Hidden Composer: Jose Serebrier http://wrti.org/post/hidden-composer-jose-serebrier <p>It's funny. Just when you think you know someone inside out and upside-down, you're hit with the realization that you really only know half the story. That's Jose Serebrier. The 76-year-old, Uruguayan-born Serebrier is one of the best-known and most-frequently recorded conductors of his generation. But, did you know he is also quite a prolific and accomplished composer? He is. So much so that he considers himself not a conductor who also composes, but a composer who also conducts.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:47:22 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7032 at http://wrti.org The Hidden Composer: Jose Serebrier High-Level Singing: French Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky http://wrti.org/post/high-level-singing-french-countertenor-philippe-jaroussky <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most professional singers of any success sing at a high-level of performance. The voice of a countertenor demands even higher levels of performance, if only because his register is so high. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Then there's Philippe </span>Jaroussky<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The highs he hits are a triple-play: an angelic castrato-like voice, a high-level of performance, and quite a few awards to complement the package.</span></p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 13:10:51 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7010 at http://wrti.org High-Level Singing: French Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky Legrand, Michel, Brosse and a World Premiere for Harp http://wrti.org/post/legrand-michel-brosse-and-world-premiere-harp <p>It's not often that we hear about a work for harp getting its world premiere. So it's rather special when it does happen. And, when the work is a harp concerto by <strong>Michel Legrand </strong>- well, that kicks it up a notch. Add to that, world-renowned harpist <strong>Catherine Michel</strong> as soloist, and you have a blockbuster. Couple that with <strong>Dirk Brosse</strong> and the <a href="http://www.chamberorchestra.org/concerts/?id=75"><strong>Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia </strong></a>accompanying Ms. Michel and you have a spectacular musical event.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:52:32 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 6977 at http://wrti.org Legrand, Michel, Brosse and a World Premiere for Harp