9:29 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Choral Performance and the Mendelssohn Club

Susan Lewis looks at how the Mendelssohn Club expands choral performance.

Susan Lewis looks at how the Mendelssohn Club expands choral performance.

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Creatively Speaking
3:58 pm
Sat January 14, 2012

Beethoven & Phila. Orchestra--Soprano Ailyn Perez on the Rise--American Swedish Historical Museum

Susan Lewis explores the life and music of Beethoven, whose music continues to enthrall modern audiences, and is now featured in three weeks of programs at The Philadelphia Orchestra.

David Patrick Stearns reports on the rise and rise of Ailyn Perez. The soprano, whose career began in Philadelphia, recently starred in the Royal Opera House's production of La Traviata.

Eric Brannon takes us to the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia.

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9:06 am
Sat January 14, 2012

A Tribute to Soprano Ruby Elzy

Soprano Ruby Elzy

The extraordinary soprano Ruby Elzy was personally chosen by George Gershwin to create the leading role of Serena in the original production of Porgy and Bess. After singing in more than 800 performances, and drawing fame for her signature song "My Man's Gone Now," the Juilliard-trained vocalist - plucked from poverty in Mississippi - was set to take on the role of Aida when tragedy struck at age 35.

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WRTI Spotlight
1:42 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Pianist Alexis Weissenberg Dies At 82

The Bulgarian-born pianist Alexis Weissenberg, whose musical talent as a youngster probably saved his life and that of his mother, died January 8th at age 82. The dynamic pianist escaped the Nazis to build a brilliant career. Listen to the NPR story, watch a video, and read about Weissenberg Here

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For over 30 years, David has been connecting thousands of loyal WRTI listners to the sounds of salsa, mambo, and Latin jazz via his popular radio program, El Viaje.

David's introduction to Latin music was at age 17 when his younger sister persuaded him to listen to Cachao y Su Descarga's "Cuban Jam Sessions in Miniature." The rest is history...

A Philly native, David currently lives in South Jersey, but is always in town for DJ gigs at Philadelphia Latin music clubs.

Philadelphia Magazine presented David with their "Best of Philly" award for best radio program in the Philadelphia region in 1997. He has also been bestowed with numerous honors, including awards from the City of Philadelphia and Latin Beat Magazine.

Jean was creator, host, and executive producer of University Forum, WRTI's award-winning public affairs program. The final broadcast of University Forum was on September 15, 2012. Archives available here.

Once a percussion student at New York's High School of Music and Art, Dr. Moore is a graduate of Hunter College and holds a master's degree in social service from Bryn Mawr College and a doctorate in education from Temple University.

Susan is an arts and culture reporter for WRTI. She contributes weekly features to Creatively Speaking with Jim Cotter, produces arts news, and works as a news anchor.

She is also a freelance essayist, journalist, and speechwriter who has written about Philadelphia for Insight Guides and Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation's Culture Files.  A former columnist for Philadelphia Magazine, she is the author of Reinventing Ourselves after Motherhood and a book of essays. Her work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Child Magazine, Parents Magazine, Reader's Digest and Ladies' Home Journal (Parents Digest).

Meridee began reporting in the newsroom at WRTI in 2003 while working toward a master's degree in journalism at Temple University.  Since that time, her duties have expanded to news anchor and contributor to WRTI's arts and culture series, Creatively Speaking.

A graduate of Hamline University School of Law, Meridee grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and practiced law before making a major leap into the world of journalism. She also holds a graduate degree from New York University School of Law and received a B.A in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Jim was born and raised in Ireland. He began his radio career in Dublin before moving to the U.K. where he worked for BBC Radio Wales and the BBC World Service. He lived on the island of Crete in Greece for 10 years before moving to the United States.

Since 2002, Jim has been the station's arts and culture reporter and then editor. And since 2003, he's been the host and producer of Creatively Speaking, WRTI's much-acclaimed Saturday morning arts and culture program.

Creatively Speaking has been the recipient of several awards and commendations including two Philadelphia A.I.R (Achievement In Radio) awards and an Excellence in Broadcasting award from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.