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Crossover
2:20 pm
Sat July 26, 2008

David Russell, classical guitarist

David Russell, classical guitarist

Jill Pasternak welcomes classical guitarist David Russell. Born in Glasgow, Scotland but raised in Spain, Russell has earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike, including being named a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997 and winning a Grammy award in 2005 for his CD Aire Latino.

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Originally aired March 29, 2008

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Creatively Speaking
12:11 pm
Sat July 26, 2008

Kile Smith's Vespers--Churchville's Pow Wow--Arts Educ. in Philly Schools--Shakespeare in Clark Park

David Patrick Stearns listens in on a recording by Piffaro, the wind band, and the vocal group The Crossing, of Kile Smith's Vespers.

Susan Lewis explores a re-created 16th-century Lenape village at Buck's County's Churchville Nature Center, which is hosting its annual Pow Wow this weekend.

We listen back to a roundtable discussion on the changing face of arts education in Philadelphia's public schools.

Jason Peifer has a preview of Shakespeare in Clark Park. This year the West Philadelphia park features the Bard's romantic comedy As You Like It.

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CD Selections
4:20 pm
Wed July 23, 2008

Jill Pasternak and Crossover: A Zigzag to Success

Jill Pasternak

Jersey girl. Juilliard grad. Fulbright scholar. Professional harpist. Magazine editor. Radio host and producer. Jill Pasternak's path is unique.

In the June issue of Philadelphia Music Makers magazine, our own drivetime diva discusses the circuitous route that led her to the WRTI studios, and the birth and evolution of her award-winning program Crossover.

Read the insightful and surprising article.

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Creatively Speaking
10:11 am
Wed July 16, 2008

PlayPenn Conference--The BalletX Project--Centennial Celebrations of Ocean Grove Pipe Organ

Jason Peifer explores the process of developing new plays at the fourth annual PlayPenn Conference in Philadelphia.

Susan Lewis looks at the All-Female Choreographers Project of Philadelphia's BalletX. The contemporary program at The Wilma Theater features three new works.

Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Sterns reports on centennial celebrations of the Great Auditorium pipe organ at Ocean Grove on the Jersey Shore.

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WRTI Spotlight
2:38 pm
Mon July 14, 2008

Remembering Herbert von Karajan on Two Sundays in July

Herbert von Karajan

Join us for a two-part biographical portrait of the legendary Maestro on Sunday, July 20 and 27, from 3 to 5 pm.

Broadcast in recognition of the centenary of Karajan's birth, the program features recorded memories from international singers, instrumentalists, and orchestra players who performed with Karajan, and others in the music industry who knew and worked with him.

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Creatively Speaking
3:22 pm
Wed July 9, 2008

Steve Lopez on Nathaniel Ayers--Laurel Hill Cemetery--Fashioning Kimono--The Ephrata Cloister

Woman?s Kimono, Japan, 1912?26 (Taish? period), Machine-spun silk plain weave with stencil-printed warp threads (meisen), The Montgomery Collection, Lugano, Switzerland

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interview with writer Steve Lopez. His story of destitute musician Nathaniel Ayers is now being made into a major Hollywood movie.

Tom Keels explores how Laurel Hill Cemetery, a Victorian-era burial ground, is helping local area residents to grieve for those lost to war and urban violence.

Susan Lewis looks at modern art in the Japanese kimono, in an exhibition now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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WRTI Spotlight
11:51 am
Mon July 7, 2008

Riverwalk Jazz in July

Every Sunday from 6 to 7 pm WRTI brings you Riverwalk Jazz, featuring the Jim Cullum Jazz Band. The program celebrates the lives and music of America's top jazz musicians, past and present, with live performances and fascinating stories about the history of jazz.

Coming up this month:

July 13: Sweet Thunder: Piano Virtuoso Shelly Berg & The Jim Cullum Jazz Band

July 20: Riverboats, Roustabouts and Jazz: Life on The Mississippi

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Crossover
4:19 pm
Sat July 5, 2008

July 4th Pops Celebration!

Jill interviews conductors Keith Lockhart and Erich Kunzel.

Creatively Speaking
3:03 pm
Sat July 5, 2008

Colonial Philadelphia Furniture--Independence Hall--Composer Charles Strouse, creator of Annie

Jim Cotter takes a walk through the new exhibition The Fix on Colonial Philadelphia Furniture: A Secret Guide to Cabinetmakers' Prices at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

We listen back to a feature on Independence Hall by Susan Lewis.

Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Stearns profiles composer Charles Strouse, creator of the musical Annie.

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CD Selections
1:09 pm
Tue July 1, 2008

BP, Harrison Ridley, Jr., and WRTI Win BEMA Jazz Awards

WRTI jazz hosts Bob Perkins and Harrison Ridley, Jr., were honored by the Black Entertainment and Music Association (BEMA) for their contributions to the art of jazz on June 28 at the Philadelphia Clef Club. BEMA also designated WRTI a 2008 Media Honoree.

The ceremony included the awarding of citations, announcements of Perkins' and Ridley's honorary lifetime memberships to BEMA, and the screening of a video highlighting the accomplishments of each honoree. Both jazz hosts were also added to BEMA's Hall of Fame and archival library.

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