Allen Shawn http://wrti.org en Valentines http://wrti.org/post/valentines <p>We hope it's not too late for Valentines on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, February 15th at 9 pm</strong> Eastern on the all-classical stream at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. We start with soprano and guitar, and with an orphan's dream of an angel in <em>Romance</em> by William Ortiz. Irving Berlin's "They Say It's Wonderful" is the inspiration behind <em>Love Twitters</em> by Augusta Read Thomas, for piano, but Morten Lauridsen asks, "Against whom have you formed these thorns?" in <em>Contre qui, rose</em>. A lover asks for a handkerchief (she'll return it when no one's looking), in a four-hand piano setting of the Italian folk song <em>Amor dammi quel fazzolettino</em> by Andrew Violette.<br /><br />David Bennett Thomas works with some of the greatest love poetry in his <em>Juliet: Five Songs from Shakespeare</em>, and we hear Eric Whitacre's first published choral work, <em>Go, lovely Rose</em>. Finally, Allen Shawn sends us into the evening with a last-minute Valentine's Day present for his wife, titled simply, <em>Valentine</em>.<br /> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:43:52 +0000 Kile Smith 7009 at http://wrti.org Valentines Now Is the Time Turns 200! http://wrti.org/post/now-time-turns-200 <p>It’s our 200th show and we’re celebrating on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, January&nbsp;4th at 9 pm</strong>! Judith Lang Zaimont starts us off in a poignant mood as we look back with <em>Reflective Rag</em>. The two pianists of Quattro Mani bring us <em>Kindred Spirits</em> of William Bland, the title summing up how we feel about all our contemporary American composers. Then another duo, of clarinets, brings us the fresh <em>Aphorisms II</em> of Ursula Mamlok.<br /><br />Allen Shawn’s <em>Nostalgic Pieces</em> party with a waltz and a boogie-woogie, and David Wolfson’s <em>Time and Tide (Benediction)</em> marks the passage of the years with&nbsp;four cellos (multi-tracked by one player). <em>Minton’s Playhouse</em> by James Syler translates the jazz club to saxophone quartet and wind ensemble, the spirit of Charlie Parker hovering over this bopping concerto grosso.<br /><br />Then we program a composer whose only other appearance on NITT was in Show #100. Kile Smith’s <em>American Spirituals, Book 2</em>, for cello and piano, blushingly closes out the celebrations. 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