The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
3:51 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Vivaldi's THE FOUR SEASONS, April 27th at 1 PM

Antonio Vivaldi (1678—1741). His first four violin concerti, known as "The Four Seasons," were composed in 1723.

This Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI, it's a delightful Philadelphia Orchestra program from this past November at Verizon Hall, which begins with Vivaldi’s famous four violin concerti known as "The Four Seasons," as vivid today as they were nearly 300 years ago. Violinist Giuliano Carmignola joins Richard Egarr, two of the foremost early-music specialists in the world today, for performances of these works.

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WRTI Spotlight
12:05 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

SUMMER from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons: A Closer Look

Comprised of four violin concertos written by Vivaldi in 1723, The Four Seasons is probably the Baroque composer's best-known work. Each of the four concerti is based on a sonnet - supposedly written by Vivaldi himself. Each sonnet is divided into three sections (fast, slow, fast), which correspond with the three movements in each concerto. Read the "Summer" sonnet and listen to each part of The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer)

SUMMER SONNET

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WRTI Spring Member Drive
5:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

You Listen to WRTI. It's the Simple Truth.

A faithful listener-member of WRTI.

How much do you listen to WRTI? Stop and think about it. Once a week? Twice a week? Three or more times a week? Whatever your answer, the simple truth is that you listen.

Right now, we're asking you to listen to this simple truth: WRTI relies on listeners who are willing to become members to keep this music service going for you and the entire community. Over 50% of our operating costs come from listener-members.

Donald Nally's Message to the Community
9:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Passing of The Crossing's Jeffrey Dinsmore

Tenor Jeffrey Dinsmore (1972-2014)

Jeffrey Dinsmore, co-founder and integral member of the Philadelphia choral ensemble The Crossing, died suddenly on April 14th in Los Angeles at age 42. The Crossing's conductor Donald Nally sent out this email message (below) about Jeff's passing. This is such a sad loss for Jeff's family and loved ones, and for everyone in Philadelphia's choral community.

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Creatively Speaking
9:03 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Beloved Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

Ella Fitzgerald recorded more than 200 albums in her lifetime.

The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25th, 1917, and died in 1996; she would have turned 98 next week. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, "The Queen of Jazz" - also called "The First Lady of Song," left a lasting legacy on American song and jazz.

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Creatively Speaking
9:02 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Don Is Back!

Opera Philadelphia's production of Mozart's DON GIOVANNI opens on April 25 at the Academy of Music.

Don Juan, one of fiction's most infamous scoundrels, returns to the opera stage in Philadelphia next week.  As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, Opera Philadelphia's latest production is also a showcase for singers who learned their craft in the city.

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Jazz Hot 11 Countdown
11:55 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown: April 21, 2014

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Stacey Kent - Waiter, Oh Waiter - THE CHANGING LIGHTS 

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Make a pledge on Sunday, April 27, 2014 between 9 am and 1 pm and you could win a Sunday brunch with Bob Perkins!  The lucky winner and their guest will join Bob Perkins for brunch at Jerry's Bar in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.  Here are the details:

  • Prize is for one (1) person, and their guest, to win brunch with Bob Perkins 
  • Brunch will be at Jerry's Bar in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia
  • Brunch will be on a Sunday with the date and time mutually agreed upon and determined at least 14 days in advance 
  • Prize must be scheduled and completed by September 1, 2014

No substitution of a cash value prize will be permitted.  If the winner declines the prize, no other prize will be offered.

Make a pledge on Saturday, April 26, 2014 and you could win a pair of tickets to The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York City. You’ll be up close for Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece “I, Puritani,” the last performance of the Metropolitan Opera’s season on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm.  Here are the details:

  • Prize is for one (1) person to win a pair (2) of tickets to the May 10, 2014, 8 pm performance of “I, Puritani” at The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York City.
  • 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

Classical CD Selections
6:03 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Check Out These Classical New Releases!

WRTI's Mark Pinto, your host for the Classical New Releases show, has several newly released CDs to recommend for your listening pleasure...

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