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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Pledge on iPad Air Tuesday during WRTI's Spring Member Drive and you could win Apple’s incredibly popular iPad Air! With 32GB of storage it has plenty of room for all of your apps.  Plus it features iSight and Facetime cameras, up to 10 hours of battery life, and ultrafast wireless.  To cap it all off, it's also loaded with many hours of superb classical music or jazz (your choice). All the work is done for you - just turn on your iPad Air and enjoy the music. No substitution of a cash value prize will be permitted.

If the winner declines the prize, no other prize will be offered.

1. How to Enter

Opera on WRTI
4:05 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

The Met Opera on WRTI: Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Feb. 1st at 1 PM

This week, the Metropolitan Opera presents MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Giacomo Puccini's heartbreaking tale, in three acts, of innocence, betrayal, and sacrifice. Amanda Echalaz makes her Met debut as Cio-Cio-San. Rising tenor Bryan Hymel sings Pinkerton. Philippe Auguin conducts.

The original version of the opera, in two acts, had its premiere on February 17, 1904 at La Scala in Milan.

Madama Butterfly is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, and the Lithuanian National Opera. Saturday, February 1, 1 to 4:15 pm.

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
3:10 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

The Philadelphians on WRTI: David Kim Plays Tchaikovsky, Cristian Macelaru Conducts, Feb. 2, 1 PM

hiladelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor Cristian Macelaru

Join us this Sunday at 1 pm for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast of a Verizon Hall performance first heard in mid-December, and offering two delightful pieces by Tchaikovsky that feature Concertmaster David Kim as soloist: the Serenade Melancholique, and Valse-Scherzo - both personally meaningful works to Mr. Kim, who was the only American awarded a prize at the 1986 quadrennial Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

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