This is your opportunity to request the classical pieces you want to hear. Join the fun! Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, call 215-204-8900. Just tell us: the name of the classical work, the name of the composer, your name and the city you live in, if you're a WRTI Member, and any comments you may have about why you're requesting this particular piece. Thanks!
Playlists for At Your Request are published every Thursday - the day after broadcast.
We're happy to offer a discount for all WRTI listeners to a special performance: The Philadelphia Orchestra at Longwood Gardens Meadow - A Night of Beautiful Music Under the Stars. It's on Friday, July 19th at 7:30 pm. Save $5 per ticket by using Discount Code: GARDENS13. (*Discount only applies to Friday night concert.)
On Sunday, June 23 at 9:30 pm, Jazz with Jeff Duperon welcomes pianist, composer, and arranger Bob James, whose long career continues to evolve. From his early days in Missouri to his winning of two Grammy Awards, Bob James has captivated audiences around the world.
Right around the corner from Rittenhouse Square, Jacobs Music Company is hosting a free, eight-hour marathon of live, jazz piano music on Friday, June 21st, from 11 am to 7 pm. The Philadelphia Jazz Project has lined up ten master pianists from our area who will perform throughout the day at the Jacobs Music store at 1718 Chestnut Street. WRTI is proud to be a media sponsor for JAZZ AT JACOBS - one of many programs taking place on Make Music Philly Day. Don't miss it!
Now is the Time—contemporary American music on WRTI-HD2 and online, Sunday nights at 10—ought to have theme music, I thought in the weeks leading up to our first broadcast on June 1st, 2008. I started looking through works of mine, as I did with the theme for Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, to see if anything would fit.
I looked over everything that had survived ritual burning up to that point, and the only piece that came close was a curious Four Hymns for Four Guitars, written in, wow, 1985 for the amiable Philadelphia Guitar Quartet. Wonderful guys all, astute musicians, and very helpful when I was working on it.
It's surprising remembrance on Now Is the Time, Sunday, June 16th at 10 pm. In her Cantata da Requiem, World War II Poems of Peace, Gloria Coates gathers unlikely texts—including a BBC 1942 weather report—into a haunting cry.
Philip Blackburn remixes Robert Moran's 9/11 memorial Trinity Requiem, combining the shards of that beautiful piece into something new and lovely, Requiem for a Requiem.
David Chesky's Psalm III for string orchestra hints at resurrection, and the Quartet No. 3 of Philip Glass, a memorial to the Japanese author Yukio Mishima and originally for string quartet, is made new in the liquid playing of the Oasis Saxophone Quartet.