Creatively Speaking
12:42 pm
Sat February 12, 2011

Fiach Mac Conghail (Dublin's Abbey Theatre)--Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas--The SS United States

Fiach Mac Conghail

Jim Cotter speaks with Fiach Mac Conghail, artistic director of Dublin's Abbey Theatre - the national theater of Ireland. Philadelphia's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the Abbey Theatre production of Mark O'Rowe's Terminus from February 16 to 20, 2011, as part of the Philadelphia Irish Theatre Festival.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Michael Tilson Thomas as the veteran conductor leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of concerts.

Tom Keels looks at efforts to secure a future for the venerable ocean liner the SS United States.

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News and Views
7:35 am
Mon February 7, 2011

AMADEUS: The Story of Mozart and Musical Rivalry at the Walnut Street Theatre

Jazz Stories
3:48 pm
Sat February 5, 2011

Jazz Grammy Awards Recap on February 15th

Vocalist Denise Donatelli

Join Maureen Malloy from 9 pm to midnight as she presents some of the nominated works and winners from the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards show that aired on TV on February 13th. Jazz singer Denise Donatelli took the #1 spot on WRTI's listener-generated Top 75 of 2010 with her rendition of "Don't Explain." Will her release beat out Gregory Porter's "Water" for Best Jazz Vocal Album? Tune in to find out!

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Jazz Nominees for Grammy Awards - 2010

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
3:12 pm
Sat February 5, 2011

Astral Artists: Excerpts from Brahms in Love Festival

Astral Artist Benjamin Beilman

Sunday, February 13

3 to 5 pm


Marcantonio Barone, piano

Clancy Newman, cello

Benjamin Beilman violin


Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor

Brahms: Cello Sonata in F Major

Clara Schumann: Three Romances

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About Astral Artists' Concert Season

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10:29 am
Sat February 5, 2011

Pianist Byron Janis

World-renowned pianist Byron Janis is Jill Pasternak's guest this week on Crossover. Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal is Janis' recently published autobiography, which he discusses with Jill during the show.

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WRTI Spotlight
9:11 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Thank You for Supporting the Music You Love

The WRTI Winter Drive was a Success!

We raised $265,347 because of the commitment of 2,593 new and renewing members who invested in classical music and jazz on WRTI. It's not too late to contribute. Click Here to pledge.

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9:13 am
Sat January 29, 2011

Composer and Conductor Eric Whitacre

Join Jill Pasternak for an interview with composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, who has taken the world by storm with his unique choral arrangements, innovative compositions, and Virtual Choir project - an exciting online social experiment.

Classical Stories
2:38 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

The Wider View: Love Rejoices on <i>Now is the Time</i>

On February 13th, from 10 to 11 pm, listen online at or on WRTI HD-2 to Kile Smith's Contemporary American Music show, Now is the Time. Works by David Snow, Wendy Mae Chambers, and H. Leslie Adams will warm you up for Valentine's Day.

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CD Selections
11:34 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Jim Cotter Recommends...

Music for Un-Romantics:
"Clair de Lune" from Claude Debussy's Suite bergamasque

Not being romantic is the mark of certain men, of a certain age. I never buy flowers on Valentine's Day; I do so whenever I see really nice flowers for sale. This is why Claude Debussy's "Clair de Lune," the third movement of his Suite bergamasque, is the perfect piece of music for me and for all fellow un-romantics. Read More

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
9:28 am
Tue January 25, 2011

Giacomo Puccini Double Bill

Soprano Michelle B. Johnson sings the title role in AVA's Suor Angelica

Sunday, January 30

3 to 6 pm

PUCCINI: Suor Angelica

Academy of Vocal Arts

AVA Opera Orchestra

Christofer Macatsoris, conductor

PUCCINI: Il tabarro


Robert Merrill, Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Renato Ercolani, and Lucia Danieli

Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale

Lamberto Gardelli, conductor

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