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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Creatively Speaking
4:47 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Clarinetist Anthony McGill--Painter Elizabeth Osborne--The Life and Music of Mozart--The Stoogeum

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.

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WRTI Spotlight
2:12 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Mardi Gras Celebration!

Tuesday, March 8

6 pm to midnight

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!

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
12:06 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI: JUBILATE!


Sunday, March 13

3 to 6 pm

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.

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News and Views
9:18 am
Mon March 7, 2011

A Look at PA Ballet's SWAN LAKE: The Christopher Wheeldon Production is at the Academy of Music

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
11:00 am
Sat March 5, 2011

Composer and Pianist Ferruccio Busoni

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.

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