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It's not often that you hear the words "jazz" and "violin" used in the same sentence. But over the past few years, violinist Christian Howes has become one of the artists to masterfully bring these words together.
We're throwing an Ellington Birthday Bash on Monday, April 29th from 7 to 10 pm to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of The Duke! There will be special Spring Member Drive thank-you gifts that will only be available during this three-hour period, and Duke’s music will be heard the entire time. We can’t think of a better way to cap off Jazz Appreciation Month! Join us!
We’re traveling far and enjoying the journey on Now is the Time, Sunday, April 21st at 10 pm. From his CD Stream of Stars, Dylan Mattingly’s Atlas of Somewhere on the Way to Howland Island imagines the last flight of Amelia Earhart, somewhere over the Pacific, finishing with the movement “Islanded in a Stream of Stars.”
James Aikman’s CD Tremors From a Far Shore yields his Violin Sonata No. 2, a large-breathed work opening with a piano-centered Habanera. It also includes a second-movement Homage to his grandmother. Miguel del Aguila’s softly delicious Pacific Serenade leaves us wanting to hear more from him, as we continue on our way.
Tune in on Sunday, April 21st at 5 pm on our HD-2 channel when the popular Brazilian vocal duo MINAS stops by the station. Orlando Haddad and Patricia King will fill you in about their current project to complete a fabulous CD that they started work on in 2004 when they had teamed up with arranger and orchestrator, Bill Zaccagni to present “Symphony in Bossa,” a music program enhanced by Bill’s arrangements written specifically for MINAS - featuring original compositions and traditional Brazilian repertoire. "Symphony in Bossa" was halted due to Bill's sudden, tragic passing.
WRTI is thrilled to partner, once again, with Longwood Gardens for this year's Wine and Jazz Festival. The date is Saturday, June 1st from 12 noon to 5:30 pm. The Branford Marsalis Quartet will headline this year's festival as part of a superb lineup that will make for a full afternoon of first-class music. Other performers include the Anat Cohen Quartet, the Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, and jazz vocalist Joanna Pascale.
"Fate" is the unifying thread as guest conductor Andrey Boreyko conducts The Philadelphians in an exciting program beginning with the Entry of the Gods Into Valhalla from Wagner's Das Reingold, and culminating in the brilliant and brassy apotheosis of the "fate" motif that Tchaikovsky used in all four movements of his Symphony No. 5.
In between, a spectacular display of drumming by soloist Colin Currie in Alberich Saved, a percussion concerto by the American composer Christopher Rouse.