Classical Stories en What's So Great About Franz Schubert? Gregg Whiteside Knows... <p>It's so easy to find oneself attracted to the music of Franz Schubert. His unmatched gift for lyricism makes him so approachable, so comprehensible; and we feel ourselves being pulled into his musical world – in my case, at a very early age. &nbsp;But now, with the wisdom of my years, my appreciation for Schubert has deepened. &nbsp;For lying within this musical world of color and melodic beauty is a powerful undertow of mystery, of light and dark, of profundity beyond the years of a young genius who lived only until the age of 31. January 31<sup>st</sup>, 2013 marks the 215<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Schubert's birth - so I thought it was an opportune time to share my thoughts on one of my all-time favorite composers. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:15:34 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 4978 at What's So Great About Franz Schubert? Gregg Whiteside Knows... The Philadelphia Orchestra Files Plan of Reorganization <p>The Philadelphia Orchestra has filed its plan to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, in which it has agreed to pay $5.49 million to creditors. Just over a year after seeking relief in bankruptcy court, the Orchestra has realigned key financial obligations by moving from a defined benefit to defined contribution retirement plan, renegotiating its lease with the Kimmel Center, and ending its relationship with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 14:37:34 +0000 Meridee Duddleston & Susan Lewis 3911 at The Philadelphia Orchestra Files Plan of Reorganization Vera of Las Vegas <p>Coming up on <em>Now is the Time</em>...Recent opera by Daron Hagen, commissioned by University of Nevada Las Vegas. This Sunday, April 1st at 10 pm on HD-2 and the classical stream.</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 19:26:28 +0000 Kile Smith 3726 at Vera of Las Vegas A Musical Valentine from WRTI <p>Here are our hosts recommendations for the most romantic music for Valentine's Day, or any day, when you're in the mood for love!</p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 17:30:00 +0000 2489 at A Musical Valentine from WRTI The Magic of Mozart on January 27th <p>Join us for 12 hours of non-stop musical magic - works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, 1756 - December 5, 1791) on his birthday!<br /><br /></p> <p><b>Everything Mozart Contest!</b><br /><br /> How much do you love music by Mozart? Interested in adding the best Mozart recordings to your music collection? Every pledge on <i>January 27th only</i> will automatically be entered into our Everything Mozart Contest! You could win fabulous CDs with hundreds of hours of music by Mozart, AND two tickets to the Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Mozart's <i>Abduction from the Seraglio</i> on February 24th at 8 pm.</p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 15:29:00 +0000 2773 at The Magic of Mozart on January 27th Christmas with The Crossing Choir on WRTI: December 25 <p><b>3 to 4 pm</b><br /><br /> If you haven't heard of The Crossing chamber choir, here's the perfect opportunity to hear their gorgeous voices on WRTI. The highly acclaimed Philadelphia-based ensemble, directed by Donald Nally, is a 24-voice professional choir dedicated to performing contemporary and recently composed vocal music. Listen to the ensemble's inaugural broadcast on WRTI - you'll hear their magnificent <i>Christmas Daybreak</i> concert, recorded especially for broadcast.</p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 20:12:00 +0000 2666 at Christmas with The Crossing Choir on WRTI: December 25 It's Beethoven All Day on WRTI! <p><b>Friday, December 16</b><br /><br /> Ludwig van Beethoven towers as one of history's greatest composers. He triumphed over a total loss of hearing to write some of the most heroic, uplifting music the world has ever known.<br /><br /></p> <p>On December 16th from 6 am to 6 pm, tune in to hear your favorite works by Beethoven on his birthday, including the glorious Symphony No. 9 at noon, piano sonatas, violin sonatas, and less-frequently heard vocal and choral works, concertos, and overtures. It's "Lots of Ludwig" for 12 hours! Please join us.</p> Sun, 11 Dec 2011 16:49:00 +0000 2671 at It's Beethoven All Day on WRTI! Star Soprano Michelle Johnson--Opera at Curtis <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-534ee43d4ecaf-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-534ee43d4ecaf-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="534ee43d4ecaf-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Jim cotter speaks with soprano Michelle Johnson. The Academy of Vocal Arts Resident Artist is one of five Metropolitan Opera 2011 National Council Audition Grand Prize Winners.<br /><br /></p> <p>Susan Lewis looks at opera at the Curtis Institute of Music. The storied Philadelphia conservatory, renowned for the number of great instrumentalists, composers, and conductors among its alums, has also produced many great singers.</p> Sat, 12 Nov 2011 18:54:00 +0000 2643 at Star Soprano Michelle Johnson--Opera at Curtis LISTEN: The Poetry And Power Of Pianist Alessio Bax <p>Competitions are such risky, uncertain adventures for young musicians. At every turn there are opportunities for stumbles, public fiascos, ego damage, even humiliation. The rules ensure that most of the terrific players who enter will fail to advance far enough to help their careers or make much of an impression. The best one can reasonably hope for is to play decently despite the many distractions, get a good write-up from a critic and maybe, just maybe, take home a prize, any prize.--from American Public Media<br /></p> Sat, 12 Nov 2011 14:27:00 +0000 2644 at LISTEN: The Poetry And Power Of Pianist Alessio Bax Memorial Day Weekend on WRTI <p>Join us from Saturday morning through Tuesday morning for non-stop fabulous music. You'll hear American works by Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, John Philip Sousa, and other favorites, and patriotic works honoring America's servicemen and women. Big Band music will have you swinging and singing through the holiday evenings and early-morning hours. Plus, a high school sophomore from Lansdale, PA is showcased on <i>From the Top</i> this Sunday. What a weekend!</p> Fri, 27 May 2011 16:07:00 +0000 2542 at Memorial Day Weekend on WRTI