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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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Creatively Speaking
11:29 am
Sat June 11, 2011

Victorian-Era Painter William T. Trego--Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder--Evolution of Hist. Society of PA

Eric Brannon profiles William T. Trego. The Michener Museum in Doylestown is hosting the first-ever retrospective of the little-remembered Pennsylvania Victorian-era painter.

Jim Cotter speaks with the Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.

Susan Lewis considers the beginnings, evolution, and contemporary mission of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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News and Views
9:03 am
Sat June 11, 2011

TUNE UP PHILLY: Classical Music Instruction as a Vehicle for Social Change - Part 2

WRTI Spotlight
9:05 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Kimmel Center Presents on WRTI: A Taste of France


Sunday, June 12

3 to 5 pm


The best seat is right where you happen to be this Sunday as the Kimmel Center brings you two concerts recorded during the recent PIFA festival. Organist Thierry Escaich recreates the organ sounds of Paris 1910 to 1920. Pianist Jeffrey Siegel is back for another fabulous performance of Keyboard Conversations - this concert profiles Paris in 1911 with works by Ravel and Debussy.

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WRTI Spotlight
3:06 pm
Sun June 5, 2011

George Szell: One Conductor's Long-Haul Commitment

June 7th marked the birth date of Hungarian-born conductor and pianist George Szell. It's not a round-numbered anniversary - the 114th - but there is a birthday present of sorts. A brand new biography, Michael Charry's George Szell: A Life of Music, was published by University of Illinois Press last week. Szell is best remembered as the man who, over 24 years, meticulously molded the Cleveland Orchestra into one of the finest ensembles in the world.--from NPR

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
1:38 pm
Sat June 4, 2011

Works by Friedrich Gernsheim and Engelbert Humperdinck

We're going to pick up the thread from last month's Discoveries and follow it a bit further. Felix Mendelssohn convinced two friends of his, Ignaz Moscheles and Ferdinand David, to work with him in Leipzig. Moscheles and David both taught Friedrich Gernsheim. We'll hear his music, and that of one of his students, who has one of the more recognized names of any composer.

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Creatively Speaking
12:57 pm
Sat June 4, 2011

Philadelphia's American Swedish Historical Museum--Pianist Helene Grimaud--Hedgerow Theater

Helene Grimaud

Ahead of a royal visit and the opening of a new gallery space, Eric Brannon takes us to the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia.

Jim Cotter speaks with French pianist Helene Grimaud.

Susan Lewis profiles Hedgerow Theater in suburban Philadelphia, which has been forging its own unique artistic path since 1923.

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WRTI Spotlight
3:20 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

THE MIKADO on WRTI

On Saturday, June 18th, from 1 to 3:30 pm, WRTI brings you the Lyric Opera of Chicago's recent production of Gilbert and Sullivan's THE MIKADO. With an all-star cast including James Morris, Stephanie Blythe, and Toby Spence, and fabulous music that you'll be humming all day long, this popular operetta is not to be missed. Tune in!

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CD Selections
10:36 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Mark Pinto Recommends...

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres

You don't need to listen long into Langgaard's Music of the Spheres to know you're experiencing something remarkable - a sound world decades ahead of its time (1918). This is visionary music by a Scandinavian composer who forged his own way despite the criticism of, and rejection by, the musical establishment in his own country.

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