Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
12:01 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

Three Composers of Leipzig

Ignaz Moscheles

The famous pianist and composer Ignaz Moscheles sat next to the 15-year-old boy on the piano bench, about to give a piano lesson as a favor to the boy's father. In less than a minute, Moscheles, a sensation on the continent, lionized in England, one of a handful of pianists vying for that ever-shifting "greatest" title, knew that he was "sitting next to a master, not a pupil." He had encountered prodigies before, but never had he seen anyone like Felix Mendelssohn.

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CD Selections
12:37 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Kile Smith Recommends...

A Grand Celebration: The Philadelphia Orchestra Live with the Wanamaker Organ at Macy's Center City
The Historic Grand Court Concert
Peter Richard Conte, organist. Rossen Milanov, conductor

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WRTI Spotlight
3:49 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

AVA's DON GIOVANNI on WRTI

Sunday, May 8

3 to 6 pm


Tune in to hear the last opera in the Academy of Vocal Arts' 2010/2011 season - Mozart's masterpiece, Don Giovanni. This broadcast features award-winning AVA artists, including soprano Michelle Johnson, a recent winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. AVA Music Director Christofer Macatsoris conducts the AVA Opera Orchestra and cast.

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News and Views
9:24 am
Mon May 2, 2011

End of Life Care: Are Crucial Conversations and Questions Too Often Avoided?

End of Life Care: Are Crucial Conversations and Questions Too Often Avoided?

Philadelphia, PA – A recent study of Medicare recipients shows terminally ill Philadelphians spend more time with physician specialists and in intensive care units than residents of other major metro areas. What does this mean? WRTI's Timothy Churchill talks with proponents of hospice and palliative care.

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WRTI Spotlight
4:15 pm
Sun May 1, 2011

Gretchen Parlato: Stay In The Moment

Gretchen Parlato has been called the most important jazz singer since Cassandra Wilson, and her delicate vocals won over the judges at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2004. Since then, Parlato has appeared on more than 50 recordings, and continues to build a following with tours throughout the U.S. and overseas. Her third album, The Lost and Found, was recently released.--NPR

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Crossover
1:23 pm
Sat April 30, 2011

Flutist Mimi Stillman

Jill Pasternak speaks with Dolce Suono Ensemble Executive Director and flutist Mimi Stillman. Dolce Suono Ensemble has several concerts coming up on May 11 and 15 with bass-baritone Eric Owens.

More Information about Dolce Suono Ensemble

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Creatively Speaking
11:42 am
Sat April 30, 2011

AVA Resident Artist Michelle Johnson--Smartphone Public Art--Lenape Exhibition at Penn Museum

David Patrick Stearns profiles soprano Michelle Johnson. The Metropolitan Opera 2011 National Council Audition Winner sings Donna Anna in the Academy of Vocal Arts' production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, opening on Saturday, April 30th.

Eric Brannon considers a Philadelphia public art exhibition viewable only through the screens of smartphones.

Susan Lewis takes us to the Penn Museum's exhibition about generations of Pennsylvanians who kept their Lenape identity secret for two centuries.

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Classical Stories
11:19 am
Fri April 29, 2011

First Listen: Donnacha Dennehy's GRA AGUS BAS


Hear a ravishing new kind of Irish music, courtesy of Donnacha Dennehy - a brilliant 40-year-old composer.--NPR

Read the full article and listen to tracks from the CD Gra Agus Bas here

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CD Selections
10:55 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Maureen Malloy Recommends...

Charlie Haden and Quartet West
Sophisticated Ladies

Charlie Haden and Quartet West have been around for years, and could easily be compared to a chameleon. They have a unique, distinctive style, but blend in easily performing with orchestras and vocalists. They stand out at certain times, but then long stretches of time go by when no one can find them. Well, they're back, and better than ever on Sophisticated Ladies.
 

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CD Selections
3:27 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Kile Smith Recommends...

John Zorn: The Gift

Composers have always used elements of popular music to make high art. The suites of Bach and entire movements of Mahler would never have appeared without the seeds of middlebrow entertainment. John Zorn cultivates this field, and, for The Gift, keeps to a corner of it called "The Sixties."

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