WRTI Spotlight
3:39 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

LISTEN: Five Jazz Sides for the Age of Prohibition

It's easy to romanticize or oversimplify the relationship between jazz and Prohibition, but the banning of alcohol and the subsequent rise of speakeasies clearly played a role in the music's evolution during its early days.--from NPR

Read the article and listen to tunes by Bix Beiderbecke, Paul Whiteman, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong,and Bessie Smith

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WRTI Spotlight
3:56 pm
Sun October 9, 2011

Winners from 2011 AVA Giargiari Bel Canto Operatic Competition and WRTI's Online Poll

Soprano Michelle Johnson

Did you listen to the WRTI broadcast of the Academy of Vocal Arts' popular Giargiari Bel Canto Operatic Competition on October 9th? Many of you voted in our online poll for the competition's star singers. Here are the results...

WRTI Online Poll Winners:

First Place: Soprano Michelle Johnson

Second Place: Tenor John Viscardi

Third Place: Soprano Sydney Mancasola

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WRTI Spotlight
12:50 pm
Sun October 9, 2011

<a href=>Listen and Vote Today! AVA Giargiari Bel Canto Operatic Competition 2011 on WRTI</a>

Soprano Corinne Winters was the winner of the WRTI Online Poll from the 2010 AVA Giargiari Bel Canto Operatic Competition.

Let Your Voice Be Heard - In Our Live, Online Poll

Sunday, October 9

3 to 5 pm

Today you're in the judge's seat! You're invited to listen to the Academy of Vocal Arts' popular Giargiari Bel Canto operatic competition on WRTI, and then choose your favorite operatic singer, right here, in our live, online poll. Jim Cotter hosts the broadcast and interviews last year's winner, soprano Corinne Winters. The top three winners of the online poll will be announced on the air following the broadcast.

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2:32 pm
Sat October 8, 2011

Jazz Legend Jimmy Heath

Jill Pasternak and Maureen Malloy bring you a conversation with legendary jazz instrumentalist, band leader, and arranger Jimmy Heath. Jimmy and his brother, Albert "Tootie" Heath, will perform at the Kimmel Center on October 15th in the first installment of the Jazz Up Close series.

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News and Views
9:43 pm
Sun October 2, 2011

Temple University Football: Making a Name for Itself Locally and Nationally

Temple University Football: Making a Name for Itself Locally and Nationally


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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
10:00 am
Sat October 1, 2011

The Unique Russian Composer Aleksandr Scriabin

The word "unique" is overused, but Aleksandr Scriabin (1872 - 1915) was one unique composer. Tune in to hear two works of Scriabin that were written only ten years apart, but show the great evolution in his artistic identity - from modernist Russian to universal philosopher. It's the Piano Concerto and The Poem of Ecstasy of Aleksandr Scriabin on the next Discoveries...join us!

You needed a ticket to get into the funeral. All the services and all the tributes and all the writings bear witness that when Aleksandr Scriabin died in 1915, at the age of 43, Russia believed its standard-bearer of art had been taken away.

Ten years earlier, Russia could hardly have cared less.

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CD Selections
2:57 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Mark Pinto Recommends...

Michael Torke: Tahiti

Who says classical music has to be profound to be enjoyable? If you listen to classical music to "chill out," this disc is for you - with the composer's stamp of approval. Michael Torke says that he "always wanted to write a composition that would inspire a woman - coming home from a long day of work - to draw a bath, light candles, and listen to it on her pink iPod." And he has, times two, with "Tahiti," the title composition, and "Fiji" - fun pieces with a depth that listeners can explore.

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Creatively Speaking
11:40 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Wanamaker Organist Peter Richard Conte--The Curtis Institute of Music--Renaissance Wind Band Piffaro

Jim Cotter speaks with Peter Richard Conte, the Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ. Conte is the soloist in a concert with the Symphony in C orchestra, which is part of the organ's centennial celebration.

Susan Lewis profiles the Curtis Institute of Music, a vanguard in the training of classical musicians since 1924.

David Patrick Stearns takes us to where East Meets West - a concert series by the Renaissance wind band Piffaro.

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Jazz Stories
4:48 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Bob Perkins Recommends...

Mel Torme: The Best of the Concord Years

There's an old saying that pays tribute to multi-talented people by suggesting that such people are larger than the sum of their parts. Read on and determine if this artist earns such credit.

As a child of four years, Torme made his debut as an entertainer when he performed an impromptu rendition of "You're Driving Me Crazy," at Chicago's famed Blackhawk restaurant. From that time on, his career - which saw him as a singer, drummer, pianist songwriter and actor - spanned 65 years.

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News and Views
8:40 pm
Sun September 25, 2011

Art Intersects with Science in DUAL NATURE at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia