News http://wrti.org en At Your Request Show: Wednesday from 12 to 3 pm http://wrti.org/post/your-request-show-wednesday-12-3-pm <p>This is your opportunity to request the classical piece you want to hear. Join the fun! <strong>Fill out the form below</strong>, and we'll do our best to include your selection on the next <em>At Your Request </em>show. Thanks!</p><p><strong>Playlists for <em>At Your Request </em>are published every Thursday - the day after broadcast. <a href="http://wrti.org/programs/your-request" target="_blank">Click here and scroll to bottom of the page to View Playlists.</a></strong></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Jack Moore 3777 at http://wrti.org At Your Request Show: Wednesday from 12 to 3 pm Exploring PA's Historic Coal-Mining Culture...Through Song http://wrti.org/post/exploring-pas-historic-coal-mining-culturethrough-song <p></p><p><strong>The Mendelssohn Club Choir</strong> is mounting its biggest-ever production later this month with the premiere of <a href="http://www.anthracitefields.com/wp/" target="_blank"><em><strong>Anthracite Fields </strong></em></a>by the cutting-edge composer<strong> Julia Wolfe,</strong> who is exploring the coal-mining culture in her Pennsylvania roots. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns met with her...inside a coal mine.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:07:11 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 7196 at http://wrti.org Exploring PA's Historic Coal-Mining Culture...Through Song A Happy 90th Birthday Tribute to Former Philadelphia Orchestra Cellist Marcel Farago http://wrti.org/post/happy-90th-birthday-tribute-former-philadelphia-orchestra-cellist-marcel-farago-0 <p>Tune in on <strong>Thursday, April 17th during the 1 pm hour </strong>for a very special 90th birthday tribute to a very special musician and composer. <strong>Marcel Farago, </strong>longtime cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra (1955 to 1994) composed <em>In Memoriam</em> in 1989, dedicated to his wife Adele who died in 1988. Ricardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra premiered the work in the same year. Join us to hear Marcel Farago's <em>In Memoriam</em> as we celebrate his 90th.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:11:24 +0000 WRTI Staff 7206 at http://wrti.org A Happy 90th Birthday Tribute to Former Philadelphia Orchestra Cellist Marcel Farago Jazz Hot 11 Countdown: April 14, 2014 http://wrti.org/post/jazz-hot-11-countdown-april-14-2014 <p>WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />This week's Hot 11:&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />1. Takuya Kuroda - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I9WRUPO?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=B00I9WRUPO&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;tag=hot11-20" target="_blank">Piri Piri</a> - <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GZ0NQUK?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=B00GZ0NQUK&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;tag=hot11-20" target="_blank">RAISING SON</a>&nbsp;</em> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:55:00 +0000 Maureen Malloy 7203 at http://wrti.org Jazz Hot 11 Countdown: April 14, 2014 Did the Cabaret Tax Kill Big Bands? http://wrti.org/post/did-cabaret-tax-kill-big-bands <p></p><p>In 1944 big dance bands were&nbsp; all the rage.&nbsp; They were so popular that to gain additional revenue for World War II,&nbsp; a 30 percent "cabaret tax" was enforced on the gross receipts of any "public place where music and dancing privileges...except instrumental or mechanical music alone,&nbsp; are afforded the patrons in connection with the serving or selling of food, refreshment, or merchandise."</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:20:24 +0000 Meridee Duddleston 7193 at http://wrti.org Did the Cabaret Tax Kill Big Bands? The Beloved Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song http://wrti.org/post/beloved-ella-fitzgerald-first-lady-song <p></p><p>The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25th, 1917, and died in 1996; she would have turned 98 next week. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, "The Queen of Jazz" - also called "The First Lady of Song," left a lasting legacy on American song and jazz.</p><p>http://youtu.be/u2bigf337aU</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:56:13 +0000 Susan Lewis 7188 at http://wrti.org The Beloved Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song The Don Is Back! http://wrti.org/post/don-back <p></p><p>Don Juan, one of fiction's most infamous scoundrels, returns to the opera stage in Philadelphia next week.&nbsp; As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, <a href="http://www.operaphila.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Opera Philadelphia</strong></a>'s latest production is also a showcase for singers who learned their craft in the city.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:45:55 +0000 Jim Cotter 7192 at http://wrti.org The Don Is Back! Taking Jazz to Spiritual Settings http://wrti.org/post/taking-jazz-spiritual-settings <p></p><p><strong>The Jazz Sanctuary</strong> is an organization that takes jazz into houses of worship and other nontraditional venues. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, founder Alan Segal says jazz and the spiritual community drove his recovery from a life-threatening crisis.</p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.thejazzsanctuary.com/musicevents.html" target="_blank"><strong>The Jazz Sanctuary presents concerts open to the public at houses of worship and other non-profit venues. Information about&nbsp;upcoming concerts.</strong></a></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:44:49 +0000 Susan Lewis 7189 at http://wrti.org Taking Jazz to Spiritual Settings A Jam-Packed Jazz Celebration in Center City http://wrti.org/post/jam-packed-jazz-celebration-center-city <p></p><p>The third annual<strong> <a href="http://ccjazzfest.com/" target="_blank">Center City Jazz Festival </a></strong>is coming up on <strong>Saturday, April 19th</strong>&nbsp; There are 16 bands performing in a six-hour period, in four venues in downtown Philadelphia. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.</p><p>The festival warms up on <a href="http://www.philamuseum.org/artafter5" target="_blank"><strong>Friday, April 11th at Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. </strong></a></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:45:47 +0000 Susan Lewis 7169 at http://wrti.org A Jam-Packed Jazz Celebration in Center City Check Out These Classical New Releases! http://wrti.org/post/check-out-these-classical-new-releases <p>WRTI's Mark Pinto, your host for the <a href="http://wrti.org/programs/classical-new-releases" target="_blank"><em><strong>Classical New Releases </strong></em></a>show, has several newly released CDs to recommend for your listening pleasure...</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:44:20 +0000 Mark Pinto 7191 at http://wrti.org Check Out These Classical New Releases!