Have you relied on WRTI throughout the year? Have we been your constant companion? Day in and day out? If the music lifts you up, comforts you, or sometimes makes you tap your toes and smile, remember it's member support - Your Support - that keeps all of WRTI's programming going strong.
Please make a year-end contribution to WRTI. You'll feel great knowing that you're keeping the music on the air for your own enjoyment, and for the benefit of the entire community.
Stephen Tirpak - Musician, Composer, Arranger is a WRTI Member
A New Jersey-based trumpet and trombone player, Stephen has toured worldwide playing with John Legend since 2007 as the horn section leader and arranger. He's appeared on Good Morning America, Late Show with David Letterman, Jay Leno Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brian, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Ellen DeGeneres Show, The View, NBA All-Star Halftime Show, the Super Bowl Tailgate Party, and more.
Classical Music Families: A 300-Year Review for the Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, November 26, and Saturday, November 27
Thanksgiving weekend is family "get-together" time and the perfect time to hear music written and/or performed by some of the leading musical families of the past 300 years including the Bach family, the Scarlattis, the Viennese Strausses, the Jarve family of conductors and others. Enjoy!
From all of us at WRTI, here's to a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
A five-day-a-week training program in West Philadelphia aims to provide a safe haven and cultivate lasting skills through classical music. At St. Francis de Sales school, students in grades one through seven are the focal point of the newly launched after-school project: TUNE UP PHILLY. It's the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's version of Venezuela's youth orchestras and ensembles known as El Sistema. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston learns about its transformative potential.
Polish composer Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, famous for his "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs," including one about a woman who was held prisoner by the Gestapo, died on November 12, 2010, following a serious illness. He was 76.
You're invited to a fabulous 12-hour day of opera featuring beloved arias, choruses, and ballet excerpts culminating in an unforgettable broadcast of Verdi's Rigoletto at 1 pm, with Dame Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti.