News

Pages

Latest from ICON
10:49 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

The Astonishing Maria Schneider

Maria Schneider
Jimmy and Dena Katz

The most harmonious and beautiful jazz orchestral music of the year comes from Maria Schneider, an emotionally affecting composer, arranger, and bandleader, whose work is astonishing in its capacity to emotionally connect with this listener. The Thompson Fields, her first recorded work in eight years, reunites her with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, her exemplary 18-piece ensemble, with triumphant solo turns by saxophonists Donny McCaslin, pianist Frank Kimbrough, guitarist Lage Lund, and Gary Versace on accordion.

Read more
The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
1:42 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

The Philadelphians In Concert on WRTI: Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Two Russian Masters, July 26, 1 PM

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs Khachaturian's Piano Concerto on The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, November 23 at 1 pm.

Join us to hear Yannick Nezet-Seguin conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra in a concert from October, 2014 at Verizon Hall. During this re-broadcast, you'll hear works by two Russian masters - Alexander Glazunov and Sergei Rachmaninoff - composed within a few years of one another at the end of the 19th century: the energetic and lilting final movement of Glazunov’s ballet The Seasons, and Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony, the premiere of which Glazunov conducted (and not so well, by various accounts).
 

Read more
WRTI Arts Desk
9:08 am
Tue July 21, 2015

What's Hot? Classic Films Projected With Their Orchestral Scores Performed LIVE

Many of Grammy-winning composer Howard Shore's orchestral film scores have been performed live all over the world alongside projections of the films.

In the first part of the 20th century, live music accompanied the otherwise silent movies. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, today, concerts that pair projections of popular films, such as The Lord of the Rings, with live performances of their scores, showcase the music and the imagery in a whole new light.

Read more
WRTI Arts Desk
12:30 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Focusing on New Musical Theater & Opera, Center City Opera Theater Is Re-Branded as VULCAN LYRIC

Vulcan Lyric's 2015 Festival is showcasing four productions, including HEATHERS: The Musical. The Festival at the Prince Theater runs from July 30th through August 16th.

Center City Opera Theater is rising again after a two-year hiatus, now under the name of Vulcan Lyric...and it's not all opera. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports that the Festival has expanded its offerings.

Read more
WRTI Arts Desk
11:25 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Once Disdained, Now Acclaimed: Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 1

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Although Russian pianist, composer and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff became an international star, his first symphony was considered a failure when it premiered in 1897, and was not performed again during the composer’s lifetime. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, today it’s regarded much differently. 

On Sunday, July 25th at 1 pm on WRTI, listen to a re-broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra performing Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 1 in 2014.

Read more
WRTI Spotlight
10:22 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Verdi's LA TRAVIATA on WRTI: LA Opera, July 18, 1 PM

LA Opera's LA TRAVIATA on WRTI

In the giddy, glitzy world of the Roaring Twenties, a naive young man falls head over heels for a glamorous party girl. Together they trade the fast life for an idyllic love nest far from the city…until an unexpected visitor threatens to tear them apart. It's one of opera’s greatest romances, La Traviata on WRTI, July 18, 1 to 3:30 pm. James Conlon conducts.

Nino Machaidze sings Violetta, with Arturo Chacón-Cruz as her handsome Alfredo. The incomparable Plácido Domingo sings the role of the father determined to do the right thing.

Read more
Now Is the Time
10:20 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Capriccio on Now Is the Time

A caprice may be deeper than we think on Now Is the Time, Saturday, July 18th at 9 pm. Jeremy Gill’s just-released Capriccio with the Parker String Quartet is, at first glance, a series of technical exercises. But the pizzicatos, slides, duets, trios, and sound-painting are only the vehicles for deep music-making. We have time on the show for most, but not all of, Capriccio, and it’s an exhilarating ride.

Read more
The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
1:23 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Lang Lang Plays Mozart, July 19, 2015

Yannick Nezet-Seguin is music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Orchestra's 115th season began last September with the initiation of the 40/40 Project, a broadening of the ensemble’s repertoire that featured 40 works not performed on subscription concerts in at least the last 40 years (or ever), in honor of Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s 40th birthday. Philadelphia audiences were asked to vote through electronic and social media, and three favorites were chosen to open the three respective concerts at the end of September.

Read more
WRTI Arts Desk
3:14 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

You Can Thank This Man for Popularizing French Impressionism: Parts 1 and 2

The Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil (A Corner of the Garden with Dahlias), 1873. Claude Monet

Chances are that you're familiar with the names of some of the most popular French Impressionists - Monet, Renoir, Manet, Pissarro, Degas - and some of their most iconic paintings. And chances are that you've never heard of the man who devoted his career to generating a market and public acceptance of their works.  WRTI's Meridee Duddleston has the story.

Read more
WRTI Arts Desk
8:05 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Gabriel Faure's Unusual, Uplifting Requiem

French composer Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)

The Faure Requiem – with full orchestra, choir, and soloists - premiered on July 12, 1900. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it was not a typical requiem, nor was it the first incarnation of the work. 

Radio script:

Susan Lewis: The Faure Requiem, known to us today, had its first performance at a World’s Fair, the Paris Exposition of 1900. Also, its not the original version.

Read more

Pages