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WRTI Arts Desk
11:53 am
Sat June 27, 2015

How Many Arms Does It Take To Conduct The Mendelssohn Club Choir?

TURBINE, for moving choir along the water, has been created for the 200th Anniversary of the Fairmount Water Works.

The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia’s season is going out, not with a bang, but with some urban rumble, random accompaniment by geese, and lots of song in a site-specific work at the Fairmount Water Works this weekend. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns caught Philadelphia’s most venerable choir at its most vulnerable.

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:01 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Dave Burrell’s Take on Robert E. Lee and Lincoln

Dave Burrell

From 2010 to 2015, composer and pianist Dave Burrell wrote 24 works inspired by his study of the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s collection of Civil War documents and photos. The poems and lyrics of Monika Larsson also gave life to many of these compositions. Consulting with experts and scholars, Burrell and Larsson traced the route of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train from Washington to Springfield, Illinois.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
11:12 am
Sun June 21, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra Plays an All-French Program on WRTI: Sunday, June 21 at 1 PM

Christina & Michelle Naughton

The three works on WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast this Sunday, June 21st, all hail from France. To varying degrees, each echoes the marvelous 17th-century fables of Jean de La Fontaine, familiar to this day to every French schoolchild. It’s unfortunate that these compositions are usually confined to children’s programs, as there is much music in them that has universal appeal.

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Latest from ICON Magazine
11:29 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

John Raymond Convinces in Foreign Territory

John Raymond
Eric Ryan Anderson

A fast-rising modernist, trumpeter John Raymond assembles a solid team of musicians for his sophomore release Foreign Territory. Anchored by the resolute Billy Hart on the drums, bassist Joe Martin, and the gifted pianist Dan Tepfer, Raymond delivers a masterful set of multi-textured songs; they swing obliquely and pull you in with disarming ease.

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Opera on WRTI
11:39 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Wagner's Sinful and Seductive TANNHAUSER: Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI, June 20, 1 PM

Richard Wagner's TANNHAUSER transfixes audiences with both its sensuality and its majestic power.

Only gods can live in endless bliss. Tannhäuser - minstrel and renegade - is lured into the erotic realm of the love goddess Venus. There he luxuriates in lust and a host of sinful pleasures. But finally it's all too much. He longs to return home, and does — to friends, rules of Christian conduct, and most of all, to Elisabeth, the warm but chaste young woman who loves him, despite the grief he's caused.

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WRTI Arts Desk
11:03 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Animals in Classical Music? It's Not Just for Kids!

There’s some great classical music not often played at adult concert series. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, The Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor points to several under-performed masterworks that speak to everyone.

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Music: Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals

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WRTI Arts Desk
11:15 am
Mon June 15, 2015

What is the Most German Opera that is Loved Around the World?

Design for Weber's 'Der Freischütz,' Act 3, 1821 production

Before Richard Strauss, before Richard Wagner, more than Hansel and Gretel, and even more than Mozart, the most German opera is, and always will be, Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber.

The Freeshooter or The Marksman tells the story of Max, a man so in love with Agatha that he sells his soul—almost. To win her hand he must first win a shooting match, accepting an offer for magic bullets, bullets that cannot miss. They are forged in the deep forest by Samiel, the personification of Evil.

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:07 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Carrot Revolution: A Fresh Look at the String Quartet

Composer Gabriella Smith says that 'Carrot Revolution' takes its name from a quote attributed to Cezanne in a novel by Emile Zola, which states: “The day will come when a freshly observed carrot will start a revolution.”

Music intersects with visual art in a new string quartet. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the work is a musical reaction to the unconventional way that paintings, furniture, metalwork and other objects are displayed at the Barnes Foundation.

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Music: Carrot Revolution

Susan Lewis: The beginning of the string quartet called Carrot Revolution is quite percussive - with sounds you don’t think of as coming from violins, viola, and cello.

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:04 am
Mon June 15, 2015

The Famous Letter That Beethoven Wrote, about His Life and Art, at Age 31

Ludwig van Beethoven, overwhelmed with his loss of hearing, wrote a letter to his brothers in 1802 while resting in Heiligenstadt, Austria.

The Heiligenstadt Testament, a letter and directive written by Beethoven to his brothers in October, 1802, is an important missive, opened after the composer's death in 1827. It depicts his pain and struggle: the diminishing hope that his hearing will improve, a feeling of growing isolation, and his commitment to his art, that utlimately saves his life. By the time he wrote The Heiligenstadt Testament, the already-acclaimed composer had spent six years, starting at age 26 or 27, searching in vain for a “cure.”

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
6:20 am
Sun June 14, 2015

Viva l'Italia! Yannick Nezet-Seguin Conducts The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI, June 14, 1 PM

Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Join us for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast that recaptures a performance that took place in November, 2011, when Yannick Nezet-Seguin was music director designate of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the chemistry between the musicians and Yannick was already much in evidence.

All of the works on the program have an Italian theme, and represent a kind of celebration of Italian literature, culture, and landscape.

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