WRTI Spotlight
2:28 pm
Fri May 21, 2010

The Spring Member Drive is Over: Thank You for Supporting the Music!

More than 2,588 members turned their passion into pledges during the Spring Membership Drive, contributing $243,984 to keep classical music and jazz alive on WRTI. The Drive was a success because of each and every person who decided to stand up for the music. Thank you to everyone who pledged!

If you missed your chance to make a contribution, it's not too late. Pledge now and we'll still say thank you with one of our fabulous Spring Membership Drive gifts.

Thank you again for making WRTI's Spring Drive a success!

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
1:22 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

New York Philharmonic: The Russian Stravinsky - Gergiev and Petrushka

Valery Gergiev

Sunday, May 23

3 to 5 pm

New York Philharmonic

Valery Gergiev: Conductor

Denis Matsuev: Piano


Stravinsky: Symphony in C

Stravinsky: Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra

Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911 original version)

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Creatively Speaking
4:22 pm
Sat May 15, 2010

German Soc. of PA Concert Featuring Amer. Virtuosi--Bach's Brandenburg Concertos--Arts and Aging

The American Virtuosi

We pay a visit to the German Society of Pennsylvania. The American Virtuosi plays music by Bach, Chopin, and Tchaikovsky in the final concert in the society's concert season.

Susan Lewis considers Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, as Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia-based baroque orchestra, gets set to wrap up its season-long cycle of the works.

And as part of National Older Americans Month, we explore arts and aging.

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3:55 pm
Sat May 15, 2010

A Mario Lanza Retrospective and Tribute

Jill Pasternak with Mario Lanza's daughter, Ellisa Lanza-Bregman

Join Jill Pasternak for a retrospective and tribute to the great American tenor Mario Lanza. We'll hear an interview with Lanza's daughter Ellisa Lanza-Bregman, and his biographer Derek Mannering - plus, recordings from live performances at the Hollywood Bowl and Lanza's radio show.

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Creatively Speaking
12:51 pm
Sat May 8, 2010

Organist Paul Jacobs--Phila. Orchestra: Reports from China--Young Classical Music Idol Competition

Jim Cotter speaks with organist Paul Jacobs who performs at the Kimmel Center on May 8, 2010.

We listen to a compilation of Notes From The Road reports filed by Susan Lewis on the China leg of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Asia tour.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns travels to rural China to witness performances by Philadelphia Orchestra musicians for survivors of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

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Notes from the Road
7:30 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Orchestra performs at Shanghai World Expo. Program features works by Tchaivoksy, Bernstein, Gershwin and Copeland. Tour ends with final concert in Shanghai Saturday night.

Shanghai, China May 6 (WRTI) – The Philadelphia Orchestra performance in front of several thousand people from around the world at the World Expo is a great opportunity says Orchestra President Allison Vulgamore. Pianist Stewart Goodyear looks forward to playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, a piece he believes to be timeless.

Sunday Afternoon Concert
1:54 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

AVA on WRTI: <i>La Boheme</i>

Sunday, May 9

3 to 6 pm

Academy of Vocal Arts

Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme

AVA will close its landmark 75th Anniversary season with La boheme. The opera's depiction of life among starving artists in 19th century Paris is an ideal choice for AVA's young cast members, who are able to identify with the characters as they pursue their own artistic goals. Music Director Christofer Macatsoris conducts the AVA Opera Orchestra.

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9:52 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine

Join Jill Pasternak when she interviews violinist Rachel Barton Pine. She's a member of the Baroque ensemble Trio Settecento.

Notes from the Road
10:08 am
Thu May 6, 2010

Orchestra plays final, all-Stravinsky, concert in Beijing. Violinist remembers first China visit in 1973 and principle cellist anticipates return to her native city.

Beijing, China (WRTI) – The Philadelphia Orchestra gave its final concert in Beijing on Wednesday evening. The program featured Stravinsky's Firebird and the Rite of Spring, a work Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit says changed musical history.

Harold Klein reminisces about getting to see China long before most westerners, and Hai-Ye Ni says she's looking forward to showing her orchestra colleagues around her home city of Shanghai.

Notes from the Road
10:06 am
Wed May 5, 2010

Orchestra Performs in Beijing. Bass Trombonist Gives Masterclass.

Beijing, China (WRTI) – The Philadelphia Orchestra gave its first concert in the Chinese capital Tuesday evening. The program featured the Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture, Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, La Valse by Ravel and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist Arabella Steinbacher. Bass Trombone Blair Bollinger, who gave a master class at the Beijing Central Conservatory, says language is not a barrier when teaching students who are not native English speakers.