While there are many concertos for string instruments, fewer works exist for woodwinds, brass or percussion. Yet, as Susan Lewis reports, a previously under-performed work for trumpet from the early 19th century became part of the standard repertoire in the second half of the 20th.
Dunwoody Village Retirement Community in Newtown Square has a unique resident - a retired physician who performed in concert this week with the internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, this is but one achievement in a life that has been a series of struggles and successes.
For all his hip Brooklyn looks, and up to the minute repertoire, violinist Tim Fain is giving Philadelphia Chamber Music Society traditionalists surprisingly little to fear in his forthcoming Nov. 1st recital. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns discovered that this is one classical musician who doesn’t embrace the future by turning the page on the past.
Duke Ellington played piano, but it was his intertwined roles as bandleader and composer that propelled him to greatness. He wrote over 1,700 songs, as well as longer orchestral suites and film scores. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a new book explores the man behind the music.
In Voorhees, NJ, where a new music director forges a bond with an accomplished volunteer orchestra, classical music lives and grows. As the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey begins its new season, an evolutionary process is underway. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston reports.
A sensitive poet searches for love, and repeatedly finds it lies just beyond his reach in this marvelously melodic masterpiece. Singing the title role is tenor Matthew Polenzani, who was praised by The New York Times as "coming into his prime...singing with increasing ardor, richness and power."
J. S. Bach continues to illuminate us, on Now Is the Time, Sunday, October 20th at 10 pm. The Cello Suite 2 of Mark Hagerty does not ape the suites of the great master, but rather is lit from within by the spirit of Bach. It's a large-breathed, optimistic suite, given a luminous reading by Douglas McNames.
The third Quintet for Winds by David Maslanka is so dedicated to the spirit of Bach, that even a chorale confidently unfurling in its midst is caught up in the spirit—though it's an original tune. Still, quotes and feints abound, and the deft handling of these chamber forces not only warmly counterpoises Hagerty's solo cello suite, it introduces us to an appreciation for Maslanka, for Bach, and for the never-dying muse illuminating all music of good will.