The old saying goes, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Angele Dubeau is living proof. An acclaimed violinist and leader of the ensemble La Pieta, Dubeau's story is both hopeful and enlightening.
On Sunday, July 27th at 8:30 PM, Sunday Jazz with Jeff Duperon welcomesLauren Larkwho honed her talents of singing jazz, classical, and many genres in between with a diverse concentration on linguistics including French, Portuguese, Latin, and German at The University of The Arts and has performed at numerous venues and events worldwide.
Lauren will discuss her latest project, “A WOMAN of ONE," This musical one-woman program showcases the many talents of the Philadelphia native Lauren Lark.
Donald Nally conducts The Crossing in the first of three concerts from their eagerly awaited Month of Moderns Festival. The concert features The Crossing's premiere of Ted Hearne’s Sound from the Bench; a 35-minute cantata for chamber choir, two electric guitars, and drums, with a libretto by poet Jena Osman. Recorded in June 2014, the piece was commissioned by Volti and The Crossing.
New music hears old tunes on Now Is the Time, Saturday, July 26th at 9 pm at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. George Crumb has a way—like no one else—of investing the simplest gesture with mystery and grandeur. He fills his seventh American Song Book, Voices from the Heartland, with these touches of wonder assembled in these hymns, spirituals, folk songs, and American Indian chants. Soprano Ann Crumb and baritone Patrick Mason are accompanied by Orchestra 2001, conducted by James Freeman.
Beginning the show, there's just time enough to hear a movement from David Amram's Violin Concerto. His Celtic Rondo breathes the air of long ago from another place, or maybe he hears the spirits of ancestors from any place. Charles Castleman is the soloist.
A celebration of true love conquering all, The Magic Flute transports us into an enchanted world where good faces the forces of darkness. Packed with exquisite singing, Mozart's delightful blend of high comedy and serious drama enchants young and old alike.
Gone are the days when Cristian Macelaru (pronounced match-a-law-roo) was described as being among the most promising conductors of his generation. He's now simply one of the finest. In April 2014 Macelaru received the highly coveted Solti Fellow, one of the largest grants currently awarded to American conductors. Macelaru received the Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award in 2012, and despite becoming more established says he’d be happy to be called a young conductor for some time to come.
In the 1870’s, Tchaikovsky composed such large scale works as Swan Lake, Symphonies 2, 3, and 4, and Variations on a Roccoco Theme. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, in the same years, he was also writing short orchestral pieces, with emotional power and technical virtuosity. She discusses two of these pieces, Serenade Melancolique and Valse-Scherzo, with Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster, David Kim.
When American pianist Van Cliburn died in 2013, funeral organizers in Texas couldn’t locate an obscure piece of music he’d requested for the service. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, thanks to a Philadelphia connection, the Russian folk song was found, and is now enjoying new life in America.
Here are several ensembles presenting the Russian folk song performed at Van Cliburn's funeral service.
Steady work is a coveted and rare prize among many jazz musicians. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston visits a force in the local jazz scene who never had a problem getting gigs. Recognized by Mayor Michael Nutter for his enduring contribution to the city’s jazz scene, jazz drummer Charlie Rice has been keeping the beat for more than 70 years and counting.