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Creatively Speaking
12:27 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Marc Chagall Exhibition at PMA--Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham--Phoenixville's BLOB FEST

Jim Cotter speaks with Michael Taylor, curator of a Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition devoted to the works of Marc Chagall and his early 20th-century contemporaries in Paris.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the world-renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.

And Susan Lewis looks at the way Phoenixville is reinventing itself through arts, culture and entertainment. The former mill town is getting set to stage its 12th annual Blobfest - an event that kicks off with a reenactment of a scene from the 1958 horror movie that made the Colonial Theater famous, The Blob

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WRTI Spotlight
1:10 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

LISTEN: The Sounds of the Wanamaker Organ

Here's a taste of A Grand Celebration - the Philadelphia Orchestra performing with Peter Richard Conte on the Wanamaker Organ. There's a story behind this historic recording. Kile Smith fills us in, and helps us hear what it's like to experience the glorious sounds of the Wanamaker Organ.

Listen to the music and read the article

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WRTI Spotlight
12:50 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

LISTEN: From Bach To Satie - Jazz Takes On Classical

It's sometimes forgotten that most of the greatest composers in classical music were also superb improvisers. Bach amazed audiences with his improvisational keyboard skills, Beethoven was always game for an improvisational showdown with other musicians and, by all accounts, Liszt drove women crazy with his flights of romantic fancy during performances. No wonder, then, that the history of jazz is peppered with "jazzed up" versions of classical compositions. Here are five of them.--from NPR

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Jazz Stories
2:08 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

PICTURE THIS: WRTI at Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

"BP with the GM" was on the scene in Wilmington on June 21st, broadcasting his show live from the 2011 Dupont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. Here he is chatting it up with trumpeter Eddie Morgan. The Festival continues through June 26th. Check it out!

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News and Views
11:41 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Urban Living: The Growth of Philadelphia's Young Adult Cohort

Urban Living: The Growth of Philadelphia's Young Adult Cohort

Philadelphia, PA – The latest census data shows that the number of young adults living in downtown Philadelphia, between the ages of 20 to 34, has expanded dramatically in the past 10 years. WRTI's Timothy Churchill talks about this new trend with the director of Temple University's Career Center, a Temple sociology professor, a Philadelphia booster, and two young adults.

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WRTI Spotlight
4:47 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

LISTEN: Giddy Energy at the Boston Early Music Festival

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra

The Boston Early Music Festival ended on June 19th. The New York Times called it "...an early-music fan's idea of paradise for a week." Listen to one of the Festival highlights: The Orchestra at Play - Festive Concertos, Suites, and Sinfonias by Bach, Handel, Corelli, and Vivaldi--from NPR

Listen Here and read an article about the Festival


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Jazz Stories
3:19 pm
Sun June 19, 2011

LISTEN: Randy Weston's African Rhythms and Ray Bryant Tribute on JazzSet

Jazz pianist and composer Randy Weston performs with his African Rhythms Quintet, and remembers Philadelphia native Ray Bryant - his longtime friend and musical colleague, who died on June 2nd.--from NPR

Listen Here and read an article about Randy Weston and his life in jazz.

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Creatively Speaking
2:55 pm
Sat June 18, 2011

Local Composer Diego Luzuriaga--Public Art Exhibition Via Smart Phones--Ella Fitzgerald Snapshot

Composer Diego Luzuriaga

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Ecuadorian-born, Philadelphia-based composer Diego Luzuriaga.

Eric Brannon considers a Philadelphia public art exhibition viewable only through the screens of smart phones.

Susan Lewis takes a look at the life and music of the great jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald.

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WRTI Spotlight
11:22 am
Sun June 12, 2011

From SHENANDOAH To Afghanistan: George Crumb's WINDS OF DESTINY

A song cycle inspired by Civil War-era tunes is adapted for a soldier's return from Afghanistan by stage director Peter Sellars, and features soprano Dawn Upshaw.--from NPR

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WRTI Spotlight
10:44 am
Sun June 12, 2011

In Case You MIssed It...FROM THE TOP

This recent broadcast features young musicians with connections to our region - they're up to remarkable things beyond playing classical music. You'll meet a 14-year-old pianist who has appeared in a major feature film, a teenage flutist who's recorded with one of the world's greatest jazz musicians, and a From the Top alum who's started a new urban orchestra training program in Philadelphia. You'll also meet an outstanding 11-year-old guitarist, and hear the world-famous American Boy Choir from Princeton. Missed it live? No problem! Listen now...

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