Creatively Speaking
10:26 am
Tue February 11, 2014

"One Book" We're Reading This Year in Philadelphia: The Yellow Birds

The Free Library of Philadelphia's One Book, One Philadelphia selection for 2014 is The Yellow Birds, written by Kevin Powers, an Iraq War veteran. He says he didn't set out to write a sweeping epic about the war, but rather tried to create a complete picture of the psychological, emotional, and physical experience the war has on 21-year-old Private Bartle. 

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Jazz Hot 11 Countdown
9:26 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown: February 10, 2014

Lili Anel

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Lili Anel - Something To Do - I CAN SEE BLISS FROM HERE  

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Opera on WRTI
5:12 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Renee Fleming and Yannick: The Met Opera on WRTI, Dvorak's RUSALKA, Feb. 8, 1 PM

Renee Fleming sings the title role in Dvorak's RUSALKA.

The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting “Song to the Moon” in Dvorák’s soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Ježibaba, and our very own Philadelphia Orchestra maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium. Saturday, February 8, 1 to 5 pm on WRTI.

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Crossover
3:52 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Legrand, Michel, Brosse and a World Premiere for Harp

Harpist Catherine Michel performs with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on Feb. 9, 10 and 11.

It's not often that we hear about a work for harp getting its world premiere. So it's rather special when it does happen. And, when the work is a harp concerto by Michel Legrand - well, that kicks it up a notch. Add to that, world-renowned harpist Catherine Michel as soloist, and you have a blockbuster. Couple that with Dirk Brosse and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia accompanying Ms. Michel and you have a spectacular musical event.

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
1:05 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninoff with The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: Feb. 9 at 1 PM

Yuja Wang plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 on this week's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast.

Both Sergei Rachmaninoff and Richard Strauss had long and fruitful relationships with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Rachmaninoff’s began in 1909 with his first appearance in this country at the Academy of Music. He would go on to write pieces specifically for the Orchestra, and collaborated in landmark recordings, including his Piano Concerto No.3 that opens this Sunday's broadcast, from a concert this past November.

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Creatively Speaking
12:50 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Beyond Tutus: Philadelphia's BalletX

BalletX continues its seventh season this week with its Winter Series, featuring two world premieres.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the company, founded by former Pennsylvania Ballet dancers, continues to expand its musical settings and push the boundaries of classical forms.

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Now Is the Time
10:30 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Old Love Story, Old Computer

from Graham Reynolds: The Difference Engine

It's a story as old as love, and a computer before there were computers, on Now Is the Time, Saturday, February 8th at 9 pm Eastern on the all-classical stream at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. Philip Lasser's Nicolette et Aucassin are in love, and like Romeo and Juliet, their families disapprove. Unlike R&J, however, this ends happily. Two sopranos sing the 13th-century–inspired musical lines of the boy and girl, and actor Michael York's narration fills in the story.

A triple concerto for violin, cello, piano, and strings is the construction behind The Difference Engine by Graham Reynolds. The title is the name of a machine by the 19th-century inventor Charles Babbage, who was trying to build what we now call a computer. With movements such as "The Cogwheel Brain" and "Cam Stack and Crank Handle," Reynolds invents a propulsive concerto that imagines what goes with what. Like love, we suppose.

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Creatively Speaking
4:49 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Super Bowl Soprano Renee Fleming Returns To Her "Day Job"

Soprano Renee Fleming scored a touchdown in her pre-Super Bowl performance of The Star-Spangled Banner.

Singing at The Metropolitan Opera rarely means just returning to "business as usual." But - for soprano Renee Fleming, the worldwide audience for the February 8th Met Opera radio broadcast and HD simulcast in which she stars will be small change compared to the millions who watched her recent pre-Super Bowl performance.

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Jazz Hot 11 Countdown
11:13 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown: February 3, 2014

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Harold Mabern - My Favorite Things - RIGHT ON TIME  

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