Creatively Speaking
11:07 am
Sat October 2, 2010

Two Shakespeare Productions in Philadelphia--Dracula Festival at Rosenbach Museum

Mezzo-soprano Margaret Mezzacappa, an AVA resident artist, appears in Opera Company of Philadelphia's Otello at the Academy of Music.

David Patrick Stearns takes us to two new Shakespeare productions: the Opera Company of Philadelphia's Otello at the Academy of Music, and Macbeth at the Wilma Theater.

As Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum and Library hosts its annual Dracula Festival, Susan Lewis considers Bram Stoker's famous vampire and his impact on contemporary culture.

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11:36 am
Fri October 1, 2010

Pianist Leon Bates

Jill interviews pianist, recording artist, and composer Leon Bates as he gets set to kick off the inaugural season of performances at the newly restored Baptist Temple, on the campus of Temple University.

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Creatively Speaking
1:15 pm
Sat September 25, 2010

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's Dirk Brosse--Fringe Wilmington Festival's Tina Betz

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's new music director - Dirk Brosse

As the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia begins it's new season, Jim Cotter speaks with Dirk Brosse, the ensemble's new music director.

And we speak with Tina Betz, co-founding producer of the Fringe Wilmington Festival, in Wilmington, Delaware.

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4:21 pm
Mon September 20, 2010

Who Loves WRTI?

WRTI Member Sally Eisenberg: Why She Supports the Music

Center City, Philadelphia resident Sally Eisenberg is a pianist, a holistic health counselor, a multi-media artist, and an outdoors enthusiast who loves taking walks with her family. Sally's also an avid listener of WRTI.

Listen to Sally explain why she's a WRTI Member.

WRTI Member Sally Eisenberg

Please join Sally in supporting WRTI.

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Creatively Speaking
10:25 am
Sat September 18, 2010

Wharton Esherick Exhibition--Sculptor Sean Kenney's Lego Animals--Jennifer Higdon on The Beatles

Susan Lewis considers a new multi-venue exhibition celebrating 20th-century Pennsylvania sculptor and furniture maker Wharton Esherick.

Jim Cotter speaks with sculptor Sean Kenney. A collection of animals he's created from LEGO bricks is on view at the Philadelphia Zoo.

And we listen back as David Patrick Stearns explores the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with composer Jennifer Higdon. Higdon cites the Beatles as a major influence on her work.

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WRTI Spotlight
12:47 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

iPad Contest on WRTI Starts on September 22nd

Would You Love to Win an iPad? Here's Your Chance!

Pledge at any time during the upcoming WRTI Fall Member Drive and you'll automatically be entered into a contest to win an Apple 16 GB WiFi iPad loaded with superb collections of classical music or jazz - your choice.

The Fall Drive begins on Wednesday, September 22nd, and ends when we reach our goal of $325,000.

Every pledge or entry - at any time during the Drive - is automatically entered to win an iPad. Maybe you'll be the winner!

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News and Views
9:08 am
Mon September 13, 2010

A Public Bike-Share Program for Philadelphia: Coming Soon?

A Public Bike-Share Program for Philadelphia: Coming Soon?

Philadelphia, PA – A study released earlier this year by the William Penn Foundation indicates that Philadelphia could soon be going the way of dozens of European and a handful of American cities with bike share programs. WRTI's Timothy Churchill considers what Philadelphia might look like with a public bike system.

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Classical Stories
1:17 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

Jill Pasternak Recommends...

Nino Rota/La Strada and Concertos for Harp and Trombone

Jennifer Swartz, harp

Alain Trudel, trombone

Orchestre Metropolitan du Grand Montreal

Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor

Here's a CD review from WRTI's Daytime Diva Jill Pasternak. In addition to being a beloved host for WRTI, Jill is also a professional harpist who trained at Julliard.

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Audio Archive
3:52 pm
Mon September 6, 2010

The 2010 Live Arts and Philly Fringe: In Sites Across The City

The 2010 Live Arts and Philly Fringe: Now at Venues Across the City through September 18th

Philadelphia, PA – WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at the curated part of the Fringe; the Live Arts Festival includes 20 works from artists from Philadelphia and around the world.

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
3:18 pm
Sat September 4, 2010

Influential Violinist Composer Henri Vieuxtemps and an Interview with Violinist Misha Keylin

Violinist Misha Keylin

The Belgian-born Henri Vieuxtemps stands in the center of that line of Classical and Romantic violinist composers. In fact, a chronological list of the forty most-prominent violinist composers, from the beginning (Arcangelo Corelli, b.1653) to well into the 20th century (Amadeo Roldan, b.1900) also places Vieuxtemps right in the middle, at number twenty.

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