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WRTI Spotlight
3:55 pm
Tue October 14, 2008

Annual Czech Music Day on WRTI is October 17

The Czech Coat of Arms


Czech composers such as Dvorak, Martinu, Novak, Smetana, Stamitz, and Suk had a tremendous influence in the development of Western music. Tune in throughout the day to hear works by these composers and many others, and celebrate the 1918 creation of the Czechoslovak state. The 90th anniversary of the event will be recognized in Philadelphia on October 22 as Mayor Michael Nutter hosts the ambassadors of the Czech and Slovak Republics.

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Crossover
4:28 pm
Fri October 10, 2008

Robert McFarland: Dramatic Baritone

Robert McFarland

Hear the story of this amazing opera star whose life has been punctuated with tremendous successes and equally demanding challenges. He speaks candidly about his journey with Jill Pasternak.

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Creatively Speaking
11:27 am
Fri October 10, 2008

Krzysztof Penderecki--In Conflict--The Rebirth of Memorial Hall--Academy of Music in a New Light

Memorial Hall

David Patrick Stearns looks at the life and work of the Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki. The Philadelphia Orchestra is celebrating his 75th birthday with a series of concerts.

Jason Peifer reports on the journey of the play In Conflict--from Temple University to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to a current off-Broadway production.

Susan Lewis visits Memorial Hall, a Philadelphia National Historic Landmark now restored and reopening as the new home of the Please Touch Museum.

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WRTI Spotlight
1:45 pm
Thu October 9, 2008

Winners from AVA Giargiari Bel Canto Operatic Competition and WRTI's Online Poll

Tenor Cody Austin - WRTI Online Poll Winner


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

ABOUT THE WINNERS:

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WRTI Spotlight
12:01 pm
Sun October 5, 2008

WRTI to Broadcast Oscar Brown, Jr., Tribute on October 8


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.

Creatively Speaking
11:41 am
Sat October 4, 2008

Philly's Arts & Culture Czar--The Demuth Museum--Fidelio at Opera Company of Philadelphia

Gary Steuer

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.

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Crossover
1:15 pm
Thu October 2, 2008

Patrick Bismuth: Baroque Violinist

Patrick Bismuth

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.

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Creatively Speaking
4:08 pm
Sat September 27, 2008

The Wanamaker Organ in Concert--In Search of Missing Masters--Stoppard's Rock 'n Roll

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.

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News and Views
1:47 pm
Fri September 26, 2008

Christoph Eschenbach Accepts New Position in Washington, DC

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.

WRTI Spotlight
1:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2008

WRTI to Broadcast AVA Giargiari Bel Canto Operatic Competition on October 5


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.

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