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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Opera on WRTI
2:51 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

The Met Opera on WRTI: Strauss' ARABELLA, April 19, 1 PM

Swedish soprano Malin Bystrom sings the title role in Richard Strauss' ARABELLA.

Will she marry for love or money? Swedish soprano Malin Byström stars in the title role of Strauss’s nostalgic romantic comedy that explores the fleeting charms of youth, opposite Michael Volle and Juliane Banse. Philippe Auguin conducts.

In the title role, Malin Byström, "elegant in both looks and tone, and sounding full and flexible, is uncannily reminiscent of Kiri Te Kanawa... her voice has silvery plush..."

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
2:01 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Easter Sunday at 1 PM

J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion originally premiered on Good Friday in 1727.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts one of the supreme monuments in Western music, and the work that initiated the great rediscovery of Bach’s music when the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn conducted it in Berlin in 1829 – the St. Matthew Passion.

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Now Is the Time
12:45 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Passage Through a Dream

from Phillip Schroeder: Passage Through a Dream

We dream our lives and live our dreams on Now Is the Time, Saturday, April 19th at 9 pm at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. Bright Sheng's romantic orchestral work China Dreams includes movements called The Stream Flows and The Three Gorges of the Long River. The tragedy of U.S. duplicity before and after the Battle of the Little Bighorn is the subject of We Need to Dream All This Again. Jerome Kitzke writes, "let's dance, and call it praying," as he honors the Native American building of a new life by dreaming that life.

Clarinet and four-hand piano unfold through digital delay in the evocative Passage Through a Dream by Phillip Schroeder, and Zeitgeist closes out the show with the humorous and quirky Getting Your Z's (Or Not) by Janika Vandervelde.

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Honoring Marcel Farago on April 17
12:52 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

A Happy 90th Birthday Tribute to Former Philadelphia Orchestra Cellist Marcel Farago

Cellist and composer Marcel Farago

Tune in on Thursday, April 17th during the 1 pm hour for a very special 90th birthday tribute to a very special musician and composer. Marcel Farago, longtime cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra (1955 to 1994) composed In Memoriam in 1989, dedicated to his wife Adele who died in 1988. Ricardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra premiered the work in the same year. Join us to hear Marcel Farago's In Memoriam as we celebrate his 90th.

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ENCORE!
12:51 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Mozart on Applause! The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, April 20, 5 PM

Flutist Jeffrey Khaner

Join us for two Mozart favorites on this Sunday's Applause! broadcast. It's the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in a concert recorded just last month. Mathias Bamert is guest conductor. Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Flutist Jeffrey Khaner will play the Mozart Flute Concerto No. 2, and Mozart's 40th Symphony concludes the broadcast.

Dave Conant is your host, Easter Sunday, 5 to 6 pm.

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