WRTI Spotlight
10:29 am
Sun November 20, 2011

A Classical Thanksgiving on WRTI

Get ready for a Thanksgiving day filled with the sounds of American music during classical hours. We'll play a traditional array of works by American composers, including Copland, Gershwin, Bernstein, and more. On November 25th, and 26th you'll hear music written and/or performed by some of the leading musical families of the past 300 years. Join us!

From the Bach family, the Scarlatti family, the Viennese Strausses, the Jarve family of conductors and others, it will be a great family event.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of your friends at WRTI.

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WRTI Spotlight
9:09 am
Sun November 20, 2011

Giving Thanks for Jazz Standards

Join us on November 24th and 25th during jazz hours for a splendidly "standard" Thanksgiving; we'll page through the Great American Songbook to celebrate one of the great American holidays. From Gershwin and Porter compositions to tunes that the jazz giants made standard, the music will be the perfect companion to your Thanksgiving feast.

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Creatively Speaking
4:13 pm
Sat November 19, 2011

Rising Local Opera Star Meagan Miller--Imagine Africa at Penn Museum--Insect Illustrations at ANS

David Patrick Stearns profiles Meagan Miller. The West Chester soprano is a rising star in the opera world.

We explore an innovative exhibition at the Penn Museum. The look and content of Imagine Africa will evolve over the coming year through visitor and local community feedback.

And Susan Lewis takes us to an exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia of the insect illustrations of a world-renowned entomologist.

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Crossover
12:03 pm
Sat November 19, 2011

Local FROM THE TOP stars on Crossover

Jill Pasternak chats with two young musicians from our community about their experience being featured on the nationally syndicated radio show FROM THE TOP. Meet 18-year-old trumpeter Jacob Hernandez from Philadelphia, and 16-year-old violinist Amy Semes from Broomall.

Jacob and Amy will be featured on FROM THE TOP on Sunday, November 20th at 2 pm on WRTI. Don't miss it!

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WRTI Spotlight
11:50 am
Mon November 14, 2011

From The Top Local Musicans: On WRTI!

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.

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News and Views
10:04 am
Mon November 14, 2011

MANNA: Providing Thanksgiving Meals Through a Fundraiser Selling Pies

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.

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Classical Stories
1:54 pm
Sat November 12, 2011

Star Soprano Michelle Johnson--Opera at Curtis

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.

Star Soprano Michelle Johnson--Opera at Curtis

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Classical Stories
9:27 am
Sat November 12, 2011

LISTEN: The Poetry And Power Of Pianist Alessio Bax

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

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Jazz Stories
3:52 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

LISTEN: An American Jazz Diva Plays French Chanteuse

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

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Crossover
12:55 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Opera Icons on Crossover

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.

Enjoy Opera Day on WRTI!

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