Jazz great Billie Holiday, who died at age 44 in 1959, would have turned 99 on April 7, 2014. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, in her short career, this Philadelphia-born singer made a huge impact on jazz and American song.
Soprano Anita Hartig made her Metropolitan Opera debut this week as Mimì in Puccini's classic work, La Boheme. If singing one of opera's most iconic roles at America's foremost opera house is not pressure enough, the Romanian soprano will also be performing for millions in movie theaters around the world in theMet Live in HD series, and on the radio via the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Matinee B
Figaro, the wily barber of Seville, is portrayed in two great operas - the popular Rossini work that bears his name, and Mozart’s account of his marriage. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns takes us to Princeton's McCarter Theatre and rehearsals for two of the plays by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais that originated the Figaro character.
Philadelphia-area native Aaron Jay Kernis is among the most successful and prolific living American composers. The 54-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner has written music in almost every form except opera and ballet. WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports on a master of melody who this week receives a prestigious local award.
Network For New Music, the award-winning new music ensemble and organization based in Philadelphia, looks at the music of the eclectic composer and pianist John Harbison at concerts and workshops from April 4 to 6, featuring music inspired by jazz, poetry, and American popular song.
Spring songs get the Big Band Jazz treatment this Sunday! Listen to Basie and Kenton, as well as the Diva Jazz Orchestra, and Marty Paich. Grow an hour of Spring Fever this Sunday evening at 7 pm on WRTI.
German soprano Diana Damrau stars as Amina opposite the rising Mexican tenor and bel canto specialist Javier Camarena as Elvino in Bellini’s sweet love story, with its unforgettable sleepwalking aria for the heroine. Marco Armiliato conducts. Vincenzo Bellini: LA SONNAMBULA (sung in Italian), Saturday, March 29, 1 to 4:30 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM.
Let the larks play! They sing us into spring on Now Is the Time, Saturday, March 29th at 9 pm at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. Jennifer Higdon considered "exaltation" not only to be a wonderful collective noun but also a pretty good title, so she wrote the romantic and soaring An Exaltation of Larks for string quartet. We get to hear, appropriately, the Lark Quartet in this recording.
Daniel Goode loves birds, too, and weaves examples of different thrushes into one mega-birdsong for an unusual orchestra in Tuba Thrush. Benjamin Beirs describes circles, whorls, and storms in Fluidity. It's for his instrument, the guitar, and is inspired by the paintings of Sunny Gibbons, who is his sister. Book-ending the program are two works—one for marimba, one for vibraphone—by Alvin Singleton. He titles them Argoru, which is the Ghanaian word meaning "to play."
Join us for the Britten centenary celebrated on this week's New York Philharmonic broadcast, with two of the composer's best-loved works: the Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, and the choral Spring Symphony, Britten's celebration of winter's passing to spring. Sunday, March 30, 4 to 6 pm on WRTI. Alan Gilbert conducts.