2:43 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

Pianist Yuja Wang

Photo Credit: Felix Broede, Deutsche Grammophon

Jill interviews one of today's most talked-about young pianists, 22-year-old Yuja Wang. A 2008 Curtis graduate of Chinese origin, Ms. Wang was recently named Gramophone Magazine's Young Artist of the Year for 2009.

She'll perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Charles Dutoit on October 8th, 9th, and 10th at Verizon Hall. The following week, on October 13th, she'll make her orchestral debut with The Philadelphians at Carnegie Hall. At both venues she'll play Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16.

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News and Views
10:14 am
Mon October 5, 2009

License Plates and the First Amendment: Is a license plate like a bumper sticker?

License Plates and the First Amendment

Philadelphia, PA – Meridee Duddleston takes a look at this question in the context of the controversial "Choose Life" license plates. The plates are the focus of a First Amendment lawsuit awaiting a decision in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
2:33 pm
Sun October 4, 2009

New York Philharmonic: Historic Recordings of Works by Stravinsky, Bernstein, and Copland


Igor Stravinsky: Scenes de Ballet

Leonard Bernstein: The Dybbuk Suite No. 2

Aaron Copland: The Tender Land

New York Philharmonic Website

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
4:07 pm
Sat October 3, 2009

Influential American Composers Victor Herbert and George Whitefield Chadwick

Works by Victor Herbert (1859-1924) and George Whitefield Chadwick (1854-1931)

Two composers lose parents early on. One receives his musical education on another continent with the blessing of a supportive grandfather, and the other begins to eke out a living in music after his stepfather refuses to help. They soon become two of the most important and influential American musicians of their generation.

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WRTI Spotlight
3:15 pm
Thu October 1, 2009

WRTI Announces New Frequency in Chester County

For listeners in Coatesville, West Chester, Thorndale, Downingtown, Kennett Square, and almost all of western Chester County, there's reason to celebrate. A new WRTI frequency is now up and running. It's WRTJ, and can be found at 89.3 on the FM dial.

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1:22 pm
Thu October 1, 2009

Pianist Dan Franklin Smith

Join Jill when she speaks with Dan Franklin Smith about his upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall. Presented by Elysium - Between Two Continents, the program focuses on musical and literary works written by artists under the Nazi regime, performed by Franklin Smith, Gregorij H. von Leitis, and Jeannie Im.

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Creatively Speaking
3:13 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

The President of Phila. Orchestra Allison Vulgamore--Pianist Di Wu--All About the Mutter Museum

Allison Vulgamore is the newly appointed president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jim Cotter speaks with Allison Vulgamore. The Philadelphia Orchestra's newly appointed president and CEO is scheduled to begin in her new post no later that February, 2010.

David Patrick Stearns profiles pianist Di Wu. The rising star is in recital in Philadelphia this weekend.

Susan Lewis explores Philadelphia's 150-year-old Mutter Museum - renowned for its specimens of medical pathologies - and the Museum's home, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
2:42 pm
Thu September 24, 2009

Charles Dutoit on Phila. Orch.'s New Season--Skyscrapers at PMA--Phila. Theatre Co.'s HUMOR ABUSE

As The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its new season we speak with Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit about the music he's conducting this week.

Susan Lewis takes us to an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art exploring the impact of Skyscrapers on artists of the 20th century.

And we speak with circus performer-turned actor Lorenzo Pisoni. His Obie-winning one-man show Humor Abuse is the the Philadelphia Theatre Company's season opener.

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1:09 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

Preview of Academy of Vocal Arts Season

Join Jill Pasternak and her guests from the Academy of Vocal Arts for a sneak-peak into their 2009/2010 season of operatic performances. Guests include AVA Music Director and Maestro Christofer Macatsoris, AVA President Keven MacDowell, and Master Vocal Coach David Lofton. A surprise is also in store for WRTI listeners!

Highlights of the season include the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition in October, Verdi's Falstaff in November, An Evening of Russian Romances in December, and La Boheme in May.

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9:10 am
Sun September 20, 2009

Composer Dario Marianelli

It is often a beautiful tapestry of music that weaves together some of our favorite films. Composer Dario Marianelli has been creating these musical tapestries to great acclaim. The Italian master was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005 for Pride and Prejudice, and won a Golden Globe and Academy Award two years later for his work in the poetic film masterpiece Atonement. Most recently, Marianelli contributed original music to the soundtrack for The Soloist.

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