Two young musicians from our community will be featured on FROM THE TOP on Sunday, November 20th at 2 pm: 18-year-old trumpeter Jacob Hernandez and 16-year-old violinist Amy Semes. Don't miss it!
Join us for a very special edition of From the Top! The show broadcasts from the Ocean City, NJ Music Pier (recorded this past August 30th), featuring Jacob Hernandez from Philadelphia, and Amy Semes from Broomall.
MANNA: Providing Thanksgiving Meals Through a Fundraiser Selling Pies
Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia-based MANNA (the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) provides three meals a day, seven days a week throughout the year, for its clients who face life-threatening illnesses. WRTI's Joe Irizarry looks at MANNA's annual PIE IN THE SKY fundraiser that helps its clients have a special Thanksgiving through the sale of pies.
Jim cotter speaks with soprano Michelle Johnson. The Academy of Vocal Arts Resident Artist is one of five Metropolitan Opera 2011 National Council Audition Grand Prize Winners.
Susan Lewis looks at opera at the Curtis Institute of Music. The storied Philadelphia conservatory, renowned for the number of great instrumentalists, composers, and conductors among its alums, has also produced many great singers.
Competitions are such risky, uncertain adventures for young musicians. At every turn there are opportunities for stumbles, public fiascos, ego damage, even humiliation. The rules ensure that most of the terrific players who enter will fail to advance far enough to help their careers or make much of an impression. The best one can reasonably hope for is to play decently despite the many distractions, get a good write-up from a critic and maybe, just maybe, take home a prize, any prize.--from American Public Media
The voice of jazz singer Stacey Kent has been compared to the taste of vermouth and the compositions of Erik Satie. Described as an irrepressible gamine, she's an American from New Jersey who now splits her time between Colorado and London. Kent's latest album springs from yet another national backdrop: France, where she's enjoyed particular fame and success. She sings the songs on Raconte-Moi entirely in French, trading between standards and a few new ones written just for her.--from NPR
Join Jill Pasternak for highlights from interviews with three opera icons: Tenor Stephen Costello, baritone Thomas Hampson, and tenor Salvatore Licitra who died tragically this past September in a Vespa accident; he was only 43 years old. Jill interviewed him in 2005.
The new music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra is in town, finishing up two weeks of conducting the ensemble he will lead beginning in the 2012-2013 season. WRTI'S Susan Lewis talks to Yannick Nezet-Seguin about his approach to performing in the 21st century.
Nadia Boulanger is well known to musicians, being the Parisian teacher of many American composers, most notably Aaron Copland. But her younger sister, Lili, excelled as a composer despite battling sickness most of her life. She eventually succumbed to Crohn's Disease at the much-too-young age of 24.