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3:20 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

American Masters: Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and Composer Mason Bates

American Masters is the title of a recently released CD, referring to the composers and works that appear on the disc.  But the term can just as easily be applied to the performer - violinist Anne Akiko Meyers.

Anne is no stranger to Crossover listeners, and we're lucky to be able to speak with her whenever something new is on her horizon, which winds up being quite frequently. This time around, she introduces us to one of today's bright lights in the composing world, Mason Bates.

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The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI
1:34 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Joyce DiDonato Sings La Donna del Lago: The Met Opera on WRTI, March 14, 1 PM

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings the totle role in Rossini's LA DONNA DEL LAGO.

Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of bel canto virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, with their vocal fireworks embellishing the tragic plot. This Met premiere production is conducted by Michele Mariotti. Saturday, March 14, 1 to 4:30 pm on WRTI.

Gioachino Rossini: La Donna del Lago

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Jason Moran Interview and Giveaway
11:50 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Listen to WRTI for a Chance to See Jason Moran at the Kimmel Center!

Pianist and composer Jason Moran

Be sure to listen to WRTI between 9 pm and midnight on March 23rd  through the 25th for your chance to win tickets to see acclaimed pianist Jason Moran and his band, The Bandwagon, perform at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater on Sunday, March 29th at 7:30 pm. J. Michael Harrison and Bob Craig will present excerpts of a recent interview with Jason Moran, and they'll give away passes to this much-anticipated show.

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11:31 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Straight-Ahead Swooning: Michael Blum's Guitar Jazz

Jazz guitarist Michael Blum

The up-and-coming Michael Blum makes an impressive and vital debut with Initiation, and a persuasive case for straight-ahead guitar jazz. While this precocious 20-year-old New Hampshire native has forged an accessible modern sound with a rooted connection to jazz masters like Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessel, and early George Benson, Blum embraces an intimacy with his material and dispatches a thoughtful set list with the surprising sureness of a more experienced musician.

Michael Blum plays "Castle Rock"

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WRTI Spotlight
6:25 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Jubilate! Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI, March 15 at 3 PM

Conductor David Anthony Lofton
Donato Valentino

Join us as AVA Resident Artists perform time-honored favorites from different cultures, faiths and periods in AVA's annual broadcast of sacred works, accompanied by the AVA Opera Orchestra and The Choirs of Bryn Mawr's Church of The Redeemer, recorded in concert just last week. 

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
4:18 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Rachmaninoff & The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Sunday, March 15, 1 PM

The Philadelphians perform Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-sharp minor this Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI - orchestrated by Stokowski.

We have quite a broadcast in store for you on Sunday, March 15th, at 1 pm!  The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert will feature Week Two of the ensemble’s St. Petersburg Festival, from late January of this year. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.

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Philadelphia Music Makers, March 15 at 6 PM
4:46 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Jazz Vocalist Alita Moses: Singing the Standards to Montreux and Back

When Alita Moses stepped onto the stage for the finals of the 2014 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in Switzerland last July, she had come a long way from West Hartford, Connecticut, and a long way from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, where she is a senior jazz vocal major.

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WRTI Arts Desk
1:14 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Pictures at an Exhibition: The Evolution of a Masterpiece

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

One popular work in the orchestral repertoire was written by a Russian composer and then orchestrated decades later by a Frenchman. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, this version had its first performance in October in Paris  in 1922. The music describes a stroll through the gallery - a promenade - with ten specific images brought to life.

Six of the drawings and watercolors that inspired Mussorgsky have survived.  The first performance of Pictures at an Exhibition as orchestrated by Ravel took place in Paris on October 19th in 1922.

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Creatively Speaking
1:06 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

A Coup in the Conducting World!

Simon Rattle is leaving the Berlin Philharmonic in 2017 to become music director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

There’s big news in the classical music world. The London Symphony Orchestra announced on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 that Simon Rattle will become its music director in September of 2017. Rattle, chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002, had previously announced that he would step down from that position when his contract expires in 2018.

Rattle’s relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra goes back to 1977, when he first appeared with the ensemble at the age of 22.  As its artistic leader, he’ll  succeed Valerie Gergiev who has been principal conductor since 2007. More information from the LSO's website.

WRTI's Susan Lewis has more on this much sought-after international conductor, who has a bond with our own Philadelphia Orchestra nurtured over the last 20 years.

WRTI Arts Desk
12:36 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

A Day for 250 Young Philadelphia Musicians at the Kimmel Center

A section of violinists pose for a photo at the Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians
Steven Krull Photography

WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston looks at the third Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians that took place on Feb. 16, 2015 at the Kimmel Center. Gathered together were 250 student instrumentalists and vocalists, from over 13 organizations in Philadelphia, who studied in sections during an intensive day of learning and socializing. The day ended with a grand performance on the Verizon Hall stage. Lio Kuokman, assistant conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, led the instruments. Melissa Malvar-Keylock, associate conductor of the Princeton Girlchoir, led the singers.

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