Music Features en Jazz Dance Suite <p>We arrive at the corner of Jazz and Classical on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, April 12th at 9 pm</strong> at and WRTI-HD2. Chicago a cappella scats with <em>Pleasure</em> the music of Malcolm Dalglish, and solo piano tries out David Baker's <em>Jazz Dance Suite</em> as well as <em>The Blue Hula</em> by Tobias Picker.<br /><br />John Musto's <em>Divertimento</em> for chamber ensemble has jazz and popular music overtones, but there's no mistaking the straight-ahead jazz worldview in three works by Philadelphia's Adam Berenson&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">(even if he turns a corner here and there)</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, from his brand-new 2-CD release </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Lumen</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He's the pianist, along with bass and drums, in his <em>L</em></span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">ate 20th Century Stomp</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Emotional Idiot</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Respectable People</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:45:04 +0000 Kile Smith 7201 at Jazz Dance Suite Celebrate Passover with 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, </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 Celebrate Passover with WRTI 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 Manfred Honeck + Pittsburgh = No More Big Five Preludes <p>So done with March and feeling like a new start, we've got all preludes on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, April 5th at 9 pm</strong> at and WRTI-HD2. Stephen Paulus writes comfortably in every genre; we start the program with a short, sassy work played by pianist Lara Downes, his <em>Prelude No. 3: Sprightly</em>. Guitarist David Starobin and composer William Bland go way back to their school days. Starobin loves playing Bland's music, and we'll hear six of a projected cycle of 48 <em>Preludes</em>.<br /><br />Then we return to the piano for the 12 <em>Preludes</em> of Bernard Rands, covering a wide landscape of emotional and tonal range. Included are two movements in memoriam of composer colleagues of Rands, Luciano Berio and Donald Martino.<br /> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:25:45 +0000 Kile Smith 7171 at Preludes How Sweet The Sound: John Harbison's 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></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:43:40 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7153 at How Sweet The Sound: John Harbison's Music Inspires Philadelphia Composers An Exaltation of Larks <p>Let the larks play! They sing us into spring on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, March 29th at 9 pm</strong> at and WRTI-HD2. Jennifer Higdon considered "exaltation" not only to be a wonderful collective noun but also a pretty good title, so she wrote the romantic and soaring <em>An Exaltation of Larks</em> for string quartet. We get to hear, appropriately, the Lark Quartet in this recording.<br /><br />Daniel Goode loves birds, too, and weaves examples of different thrushes into one mega-birdsong for an unusual orchestra in <em>Tuba Thrush</em>. Benjamin Beirs describes circles, whorls, and storms in <em>Fluidity</em>. It's for his instrument, the guitar, and is inspired by the paintings of Sunny Gibbons, who is his sister. Book-ending the program are two works—one for marimba, one for vibraphone—by Alvin Singleton. He titles them <em>Argoru</em>, which is the Ghanaian word meaning "to play."<br /> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:23:11 +0000 Kile Smith 7147 at An Exaltation of Larks A Doubleheader! Basic Bach, and a Seder Different From 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 A Doubleheader! Basic Bach, and a Seder Different From Any Other Seder First Leaves of Spring <p>It is spring, finally, we hope, we really do, on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, March 22nd at 9 pm</strong> at and WRTI-HD2. It engenders all sorts of good thoughts as we consider <em>Circling Permutations</em>, a flute and double bass improvisation by Robert Ackerman, and a concert rag for piano, <em>Spring Beauties</em>, by Brian Dykstra. Always elegant, the music of Paul Chihara seems appropriate for our turn to the warmth; we’ll hear his <em>String Trio</em>.<br /><br />Avner Dorman brings along his <em>Azerbaijani Dance</em> for piano, and if you feel like a play on words, David Gunn’s always good for that, so a <em>Missing Inn March</em> could fit the bill this month. New music for old instruments symbolize a change of seasons; Will Ayton’s <em>Songs of the British Isles</em> is for the consort of viols, Parthenia. And in a similar vein, Dick Hensold breaks out his Northumbrian pipes for <em>First Leaves of Spring</em>.<br /> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:08:12 +0000 Kile Smith 7120 at First Leaves of Spring Igor Levit: The 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></p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:16:38 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7100 at Igor Levit: The Next-Generation Pianist Tackles Beethoven The Russians Are Coming! The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: March 16 at 1 PM <p>This Sunday at 1 pm it's the third and final week of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s January Tchaikovsky Celebration on WRTI. The y<span style="line-height: 1.5;">oung Russian conductor </span><strong>Tugan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Sokhiev</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be on the podium for his Philadelphia Orchestra debut, leading the Philadelphians in works by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky-Ravel, and Rimsky-Korsakov.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:08:22 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 7083 at The Russians Are Coming! The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: March 16 at 1 PM