Philip Lasser http://wrti.org en Old Love Story, Old Computer http://wrti.org/post/old-love-story-old-computer <p>It's a story as old as love, and a computer before there were computers, on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, February 8th at 9 pm </strong>Eastern on the all-classical stream at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. Philip Lasser's <em>Nicolette et Aucassin</em> are in love, and like Romeo and Juliet, their families disapprove. Unlike R&amp;J, however, this ends happily. Two sopranos sing the 13th-century–inspired musical lines of the boy and girl, and actor Michael York's narration fills in the story.<br /><br />A triple concerto for violin, cello, piano, and strings is the construction behind <em>The Difference Engine</em> by Graham Reynolds. The title is the name of a machine by the 19th-century inventor Charles Babbage, who was trying to build what we now call a computer. With movements such as "The Cogwheel Brain" and "Cam Stack and Crank Handle," Reynolds invents a propulsive concerto that imagines what goes with what. Like love, we suppose.<br /> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:30:52 +0000 Kile Smith 6980 at http://wrti.org Old Love Story, Old Computer A Kennedy Portrait http://wrti.org/post/kennedy-portrait <p>It's an elegiac walk among portraits, surrounding the remembrance of JFK on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, November 23rd at 9 pm</strong>—our new time, every Saturday night at 9 on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.<br /><br />In <em>Gallery</em> for solo cello, Robert Muczynski takes us past paintings, similar to the how&nbsp;Mussorgsky does in&nbsp;<em>Pictures at an Exhibition</em>. <em>A Kennedy Portrait</em> for narrator and orchestra uses the words of President Kennedy and also some from the composer, William Kraft, in this work of exhilaration and hope.<br /><br />From the CD <em>Portraits &amp; Elegies</em> is Philip Lasser's <em>Vocalise</em>, poignant music for violin and piano. Returning to the single cello, Andrew Waggoner's <em>Le Nom (Upperline)</em> is a beautiful reminiscence of his hometown of New Orleans both before and after Hurricane Katrina. John Harbison walks us again through a gallery, but <em>Six American Painters</em> is more about the artists themselves—including Thomas Eakins and Winslow Homer—rather than their work.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.714285714rem; line-height: 1.714285714; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">If you're new to&nbsp;<a data-mce-="" href="http://kilesmith.com/on-the-radio/now-is-the-time-2013/" style="color: rgb(33, 117, 155); outline: none;" target="_blank"><strong style="outline: none;">Now Is the Time</strong></a>, just go to&nbsp;<a data-mce-="" href="http://wrti.org/" style="color: rgb(33, 117, 155); outline: none;" target="_blank">wrti.org</a>&nbsp;and click on the&nbsp;<a data-mce-="" href="http://wrti.org/" style="color: rgb(33, 117, 155); outline: none;" target="_blank">Listen: Classical</a>&nbsp;button at the top. Day or night, that brings you the classical stream, and at&nbsp;<strong>9 pm every Saturday</strong>, you'll hear&nbsp;<a data-mce-="" href="http://kilesmith.com/on-the-radio/now-is-the-time-2013/" style="color: rgb(33, 117, 155); outline: none;" target="_blank">Now Is the Time</a>. In the Philadelphia area with an HD radio? Dial us up at 90.1 FM, HD2, or&nbsp;<a data-mce-="" href="http://wrti.org/wrti-coverage-map" style="color: rgb(33, 117, 155); outline: none;" target="_blank">find all the frequencies here</a>, depending on where you are, from the Shore to the Poconos to Harrisburg to Dover. Thanks for supporting American contemporary music on WRTI!</p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:54:44 +0000 Kile Smith 6718 at http://wrti.org A Kennedy Portrait Berceuse Fantasque on Now Is the Time http://wrti.org/post/berceuse-fantasque-now-time <p>You might call these fantastic lullabies on <strong>Now Is the Time, Sunday, August 25th at 10 pm</strong>. The birth of a friend's daughter inspired Rick Sowash's <em>Lullabye for Kara</em> for cello and piano. Steven Gerber's Violin Concerto is a rocking to sleep, of sorts, of a work he began as a student at Haverford College but never finished. One part of it, however, was born anew as this concerto's first movement.<br><br>From solo strings to more—but synthesized—is Carl Berky's&nbsp;<em>The Synthelating Mariachi String Band</em>. In <em>Secret Geometry</em>, James Primosch uses electronic tape with piano, and between explosive Variations and a brilliant Toccata is a Nocturne in the true spirit of night-music: the other side of a lullaby, perhaps. Phillip Lasser focuses on the singer of the lullaby rather more than the song itself, in <em>Berceuse fantasque</em> for violin and piano.<br> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 17:18:59 +0000 Kile Smith 6371 at http://wrti.org Berceuse Fantasque on Now Is the Time