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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Daniel Otte, the Academy of Natural Sciences' curator of entomology, has described over 1500 insect species, and recorded the songs of crickets from all over the world in a new exhibition at the Academy. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the art and science of DUAL NATURE: SCIENCE ILLUSTRATIONS OF DAN OTTE, on view until December 4th.