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12:15 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Bob Perkins Recommends...


Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown

Something special occurs when talented people collaborate. That is what happened when Sarah Vaughan and trumpet star Clifford Brown and his band got together to record at the Fine Sound Studios in New York in December of 1954.

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WRTI Spotlight
10:23 am
Tue March 29, 2011

CPB, NPR, WRTI: Connecting the Dots to Understand Public Radio Funding


What is the Corporation for Public Broadcasting? (CPB)

What is National Public Radio? (NPR)

How are they related to WRTI?


Are you under the impression that CPB and NPR are synonymous? They're not. Do you think that WRTI and other local public radio stations receive their funding from NPR? They don't. Many people find all of this confusing...especially in light of the attention public radio funding has been receiving in the media during the last few months. No worries. We're here to connect the dots.

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Creatively Speaking
1:48 pm
Sat March 26, 2011

Imogen Cooper--Locks Gallery Exhibition Paying Tribute to Alfred Jarry--Anna Deavere Smith

David Patrick Stearns profiles the British-born pianist Imogen Cooper. She performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No.9 in concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra on March 24 - 26, 2011.

Jim Cotter looks ahead to a new exhibition at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia. The Insolent Eye pays tribute to the early 20th-century French author Alfred Jarry, who would influence subsequent generations of visual artists and musicians.

Susan Lewis takes us to a Philadelphia Theatre Company presentation of Anna Deavere Smith's one-woman show, Let Me Down Easy.

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WRTI Spotlight
2:30 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

Behind the Scenes at Berks Jazz Fest


Some of the best jazz musicians in the world are about to descend on Reading, Pennsylvania from Friday, March 25 through Sunday, April 3. You'll be there, too, with WRTI.

Throughout the Berks Jazz Fest, tune in during our evening jazz shows as bassist Gerald Veasley phones in to Bob Perkins and Maureen Malloy to update us about the festival's bands and venues.

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News and Views
5:04 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

BAN THE BOX: An Attempt to Help Ex-Offenders Find Jobs in Philadelphia

BAN THE BOX: An Attempt to Help Ex-Offenders Find Jobs in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA – Legislation moving through Philadelphia City Council, dubbed "Ban the Box," would require Philadelphia employers to remove a question about an applicant's criminal history from job applications. WRTI's Jim Hilgen takes a look at the city's latest effort to help former felons find work and become productive members of society.

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Classical Stories
10:21 am
Fri March 18, 2011

Bach Birthday Celebration: Today!


Join us throughout the day as we highlight the music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750). Considered to be the king of Baroque music, and perhaps of all Western music, Bach is synonymous with the art of fugue, magnificent counterpoint, oratorios, passions, masses, and cantatas, and legendary virtuosity on the organ and harpsichord.

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Jazz Stories
10:18 am
Sun March 13, 2011

Jazz Drummer Joe Morello of 'Take Five' Fame Dies at 82

Joe Morello in 1962


The legendary drummer, who played in the Dave Brubeck Quartet for 12 years, passed away on March 12th at his New Jersey home. Patrick Jarenwattananon from NPR's A Blog Supreme remembers Joe Morello.


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Obituary by The Associated Press

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Creatively Speaking
12:51 pm
Sat March 12, 2011

Secrets of the Silk Road--Camac Street--Phila. Hist. Museum, Atwater Kent--Civil War at Rosenbach

As the Penn Museum winds up its run of Secrets of the Silk Road - the exhibition that almost didn't happen - we speak with archaeologist Victor Mair.

Susan Lewis visits the Sketch Club and the Plastic Club on Philadelphia's Camac Street, known as "Avenue of the Artists."

Jim Cotter speaks with Charles Croce, the CEO of the newly revamped and renamed Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent.

Tom Keels explores a project at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War.

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CD Selections
1:50 pm
Fri March 11, 2011

Mark Pinto Recommends...

The Complete Choros
and Bachianas Brasileiras

Heitor Villa-Lobos
Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and soloists

One of my favorite composers is the underrated Brazilian, Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959). This multi-disc set of instrumental music offers masterful performances of his two great nationalistic series, the Choros and the Bachianas Brasileiras. The Brazilian musicians playing here feel the music deeply, and speak it fluently. A final disc is devoted to his complete works for solo guitar - exquisitely performed.
 

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WRTI Spotlight
3:59 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Classical and Jazz in the Grammys: A Few Surprises


The Grammy Awards were handed out in February, and a few surprises in the pop categories might interest you. And do you know who won the classical and jazz awards? We're here to fill you in. Some are newcomers - some are tried and true.

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