Few opera singers' careers begin with Daniel Barenboim telling them to prepare the title role for a season-opening new production of Carmen at La Scala. Yet this was how the Georgian mezzo soprano Anita Rachvelishvili got her big break in 2009.
She had been in a young singers' training program at the storied Milan opera house when Barenboim recognized her potential, and cast her as the iconic, red-dressed, raven-haired heroine.
Duke Ellington was a fascinating figure—so much so that quite a number of books and shorter profiles of the man came to be during his time, and well after his passing. Writers were always peering over his shoulder, trying to get a fix on how he operated his band and made it so successful; they even attempted to poke into his personal life, which the Duke managed to keep fairly secret.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced that next season will include more new works as well as lesser- performed gems from music history. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the orchestra’s music director is building on the success of - and audience response to - his first two seasons.
Philadelphia's urban landscape is ever changing, and over time, many beautiful older structures have become disused, dilapidated, and in many cases, demolished. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, a new collection of works by a preeminent Philadelphia photographer is keeping alive the memory of some of the city's architectural gems.
Concert pianist Stephen Hough also composes, writes articles for an online publication, and likes to paint. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the internationally renowned soloist continues to find fresh inspiration in the great masterworks.
Stephen Hough is soloist on WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast - Sunday March 2, at 1 pm. Tune in to hear Hough play Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Philadelphians.
You know it when you hear it. Deep and shrill, resonant and bright, smooth or not – the clarinet adds a diverse range to the woodwind family. Temple University Associate Professor of Music Emily Threinen gave WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston a quick course on its historic origins.
Among the earliest settlers to the new world, those of German origin have made a strong imprint on the Philadelphia area. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, an organization that celebrates the history and legacy of Pennsylvania Germans is celebrating a landmark anniversary with a new opera.
It's funny. Just when you think you know someone inside out and upside-down, you're hit with the realization that you really only know half the story. That's Jose Serebrier. The 76-year-old, Uruguayan-born Serebrier is one of the best-known and most-frequently recorded conductors of his generation. But, did you know he is also quite a prolific and accomplished composer? He is. So much so that he considers himself not a conductor who also composes, but a composer who also conducts.
Kick off your weekend with WRTI’s Jeff Duperon on Friday, February 21, at 6 pm, as he broadcasts his show from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art After 5 program. This time around, Puerto Rican-born, Latin Grammy Award-winning tenor sax man David Sanchez will be performing. We expect another fantastic evening of music in the warm and welcoming setting of the museum’s Great Stair Hall.