H. Leslie Adams http://wrti.org en Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. http://wrti.org/post/remembering-martin-luther-king-jr <p>We reflect on a legacy of greatness on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, January 18th at 9 pm</strong> Eastern on the all-classical stream at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. Yehudi Menuhin said this: "I look to music to bind and heal. I think the musician can be a trusted object, offering his fellow men solace, but also a reminder of human excellence. I believe as strongly as ever that our finite world turns on finite individual efforts to embody an ideal."<br /><br />Steven Gerber's <em>Spirituals</em> for strings and Curt Cacioppo's <em>Contrapuntal Fantasy on John Newton's "Amazing Grace"</em> for piano spin the teardrop crystals of an American heritage in the sunlight of varied compositional languages. Leslie Adams sets African-American poets, including Langston Hughes, in <em>Nightsongs</em>. And in <em>Stèle</em> for solo violin, Karel Husa pays tribute to Menuhin, whose greatness went beyond music. Each of these works points us to ideals beyond our finite selves, something Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds us of whenever we remember his legacy.<br /> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:11:06 +0000 Kile Smith 6916 at http://wrti.org Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. The Edge of the Infinite on Now Is the Time http://wrti.org/post/edge-infinite-now-time <p>We see from surprising paths on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, November 9th at 9 pm</strong>—our new time, every Saturday night at 9 on WRTI-HD2.<br /><br />Solo flute entices, with electronics, in <em>Flutepaths</em> by Lawrence Moss, and then the first of two works relate to the hymn "Amazing Grace." James Piorkowski's subtle variations <em>"Once Was Lost…"</em> are for solo guitar.<br /><br />Christopher Theofanidis's large-breathed <em>On the Edge of the Infinite</em>, for violin and orchestra, brings us to <em>Amazing Grace</em> by Leslie Adams. While the title is familiar, both the music and the words are by Adams. Michael Colgrass bases the <em>Winds of Nagual</em> on Carlos Castaneda's mystic writings from the Mexican wilderness. Hallucinations and shape-shifting lead to a leap into the abyss, which explodes into a thousand views of the world.<br /> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:06:57 +0000 Kile Smith 6662 at http://wrti.org The Edge of the Infinite on Now Is the Time