Over 200 WRTI listeners let their voices be heard on October 5 when they heard the Academy of Vocal Arts Operatic Competition on the air and then voted in our online poll for the competition's star singers.
WRTI Online Poll Winner: First Place: Cody Austin AVA's 2008 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition Winner: First Prize: Jessica Julin
Join Maureen Malloy on Wednesday, October 8 at 9:30 pm as she hosts a musical tribute to the late-great Oscar Brown Jr. The artist, lyricist, and civil rights activist would have turned 82 on October 10th.
Maureen takes you through the life and music of the man responsible for hits such as "Signifying Monkey" and "The Snake." Oscar Brown, Jr. also created lyrics for tunes such as "Work Song," "Afro Blue" and "All Blues." Join us for a musical journey as we celebrate the life of this wonderful musical spirit.
Jim Cotter speaks with Gary Steuer as he begins work as director of the City of Philadelphia's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.
We listen back to Jason Peifer's feature on the Demuth Museum in Lancaster, PA. The museum's permanent collection highlights the life and works of early 20th century painter Charles Demuth, a lifelong resident of Lancaster County. The museum is currently featuring The Philadelphia Ten On The Road: The Rotary Exhibit until November 2.
Jill interviews Patrick Bismuth, founder and director of the French ensemble La Tempesta. Bismuth will perform with his chamber group at the Curtis Institute of Music on Saturday, October 11 at 7 pm.
A teacher of baroque violin at the music conservatories of Paris and Versailles, Bismuth has played with major ensembles all over the world, and with renowned baroque ensembles including La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, Les Arts Florissants, and Il Seminario.
Ahead of a historic performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Macy's Center City Philadelphia, Jim Cotter speaks with Peter Richard Conte, the Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ, and co-host of WRTI's Wanamaker Organ Hour.
David Patrick Stearns looks back on the history of the Wanamaker Organ and explores the workings of the world's largest functioning musical instrument.
Philadelphia, PA – The next artistic leader of the National Symphony Orchestra will be Christoph Eschenbach. He recently completed his tenure at The Philadelphia Orchestra after just five seasons. Eschenbach's new position begins in 2010/2011. He has also been named music director of the Kennedy Center, a newly created post. Speaking to WRTI earlier this year, Eschenbach hinted that he was considering the job but planned to make a decision after the presidential election. There's no word yet on his change of mind.
Vote In Our Online Poll for The AVA Competition's Star Singer
Let your voice be heard! Choose your favorite operatic singer from the Academy of Vocal Arts' popular Giargiari Bel Canto operatic competition when it airs on WRTI on Sunday, October 5, from 3 to 5 pm.
The actual competition will take place at the Kimmel Center on Oct. 2. The event is sold out, but you can still hear it and participate in selecting the WRTI listener favorite on Oct. 5.
The Philadelphia jazz community has showered WRTI's Bob Perkins with a bevy of honors.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the preservation of jazz, Bob was an honoree at the 18th annual Tony Williams Scholarship Jazz Festival. He was presented with the Paul Robeson Freedom Fighter Award by the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance at the Jazz at the Lansdowne Concert. And the City of Philadelphia awarded him with an official Citation signed by Mayor Michael Nutter for over 40 years of service as jazz radio host, jazz historian, and jazz advocate.
A Bronx, NY native, Albert Rivera made his Carnegie Hall debut with his music student classmates at the age of 12 and hasn't looked back.? Tune in for a conversation with Rivera and hear about his new album Re-Introduction. Rivera will perform with his quartet at Chris's Jazz Cafe in Center City, Philadelphia on Saturday, September 27.
This week, Jeff speaks with one of the most exciting musicians on the current jazz scene.
September 19, 2008 at 6:45pm – Raised in rural tobacco country in North Carolina, Ellis grew up with a love of baseball, dewberry cobbler, turkey, and stuffing, and was more familiar with the sounds of hunting rifles and the dangers of snapping turtles than he was with the sounds of jazz.?
Ellis spent one year at the University of New Orleans under the direction of legendary jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis; soon after that, he joined Mr. Marsalis's band.?