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.
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.
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.
David Patrick Stearns profiles Anthony McGill. The principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera plays a concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society on March 9, 2011, and is the soloist in a performance with Symphony in C on March 12th.
Jim Cotter speaks with Elizabeth Osborne. A new exhibition of her work at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia shows the versatile, veteran painter moving in a new direction.
Susan Lewis considers the story of Mozart's life and music as told in Walnut Street Theater's Amadeus.
In honor of Mardi Gras, WRTI presents music from the Crescent City's finest. Join Bob Perkins and Maureen Malloy as they bring the Fat Tuesday party to Philly!
Listen for quintessential New Orleans jazz from originators such as Louis Armstrong and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, plus those they've influenced from today's scene including Nicholas Payton and Jeremy Davenport.
So gather your krewe, grab some po'boys, and together we'll party all night long!
The Academy of Vocal Arts presents three centuries of sacred vocal music, from Baroque to Gospel and beyond. The broadcast features selections from Haydn's Die Schopfung (The Creation), as well as works by Bach, Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Faure, Dvorak, and others. The AVA soloists are joined by the 100-voice New Jersey MasterChorale. David Antony Lofton conducts the AVA Opera Orchestra.
The success of the movie BLACK SWAN has thrown a Hollywood spotlight on classical ballet. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers Pennsylvania Ballet's current production of SWAN LAKE, its relationship to the original ballet, and its connection to the hit film. The reprisal of the 2004 production has a score by Tchaikovsky.
Ferruccio Busoni. He was the first to perform all 18 Franz Liszt Preludes together, the first to play all 24 Chopin Preludes together, and, over four nights in Berlin, he soloed in 14 concertos with orchestra. Fourteen. They couldn't invent words big enough to describe this new star among pianists. Not only did they call him star, but also sun, giant, and king - tripping over themselves to find superlatives.