Jazz Stories
4:05 pm
Sun December 19, 2010

Trudy Pitts in Memoriam by Bob Perkins


Jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist Trudy Pitts passed away on December 19, 2010 at Chestnut Hill Hospital at age 78. A Philadelphia legend, who trained as a classical pianist and blossomed into a jazz great, she played with the best of the best, including her husband, Mr. C. WRTI mourns her passing and celebrates her life.

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Audio Archive
3:41 pm
Sun December 19, 2010

Eakins' Masterpiece 'The Gross Clinic' Restored: An Inside Look at the Process

Eakins Masterpiece THE GROSS CLINIC Restored: An Inside Look at the Process

Philadelphia, PA – Thomas Eakins' THE GROSS CLINIC inspired a huge fundraising campaign to keep it in Phila., and has been restored for the first time in 50 years. WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at the restoration of the 1875 painting - the focus of a special exhibition at the Phila. Museum of Art until Jan. 9, 2011, and speaks with museum experts about the restoration process.

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Jazz Stories
12:20 pm
Sat December 18, 2010

Bob Perkins Remembers Jazz Icon James Moody


The virtuoso jazz saxophonist and flutist James Moody died on December 9, 2010 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 85. Moody (as he liked to be called) was best known, in general, for the song, "Moody's Mood for Love," a vocal version of Moody's instrumental interpretation of the vintage standard, "I'm in the Mood for Love."

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Creatively Speaking
9:57 am
Sat December 18, 2010

Creatively Speaking in 2010: A Year in Review

We look back at the past year in the arts in our region, and bring you the highlights of the news, issues, and events, and the people who made them happen.

We've witnessed great performances and exhibitions, and rediscovered so many perennial treasures. It's also been a year of change and surprises!

It's 2010 in Review on Creatively Speaking.

Happy Holidays from all of your friends at WRTI!

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Classical Stories
4:32 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Today: Lots of Ludwig!

Ludwig van Beethoven towers as one of history's greatest composers. He triumphed over a total loss of hearing to write some of the most heroic, uplifting music the world has ever known. His repertoire includes nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, sixteen string quartets, and one opera.

Today is Beethoven's birthday! We're celebrating from 6 am to 6 pm with "Lots of Ludwig!" - including the glorious Symphony No. 9, and much more. It's 12 hours of must-listen radio! Join us.

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News and Views
4:35 pm
Sun December 12, 2010

Narcissus in the Studio: Artist Portraits and Self-Portraits at PAFA

Sylvia Fein (b. 1919) Self-Portrait, 1949
Pencil on paper, 19 x 12 1/2 inches
Gift of Sylvia Fein and William Scheuber, 2005.27.1
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Creatively Speaking
2:06 pm
Sat December 11, 2010

Composer Behzad Ranjbaran's Premiere--Anonymous 4--Composer Bill Cunliffe's Grammy Nomination

Iranian-born composer Behzad Ranjbaran

Jim Cotter speaks with composer Behzad Ranjbaran. Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs his piano concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts on December 10, 11, and 12, 2010.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the female a capella group Anonymous 4, who perform in Philadelphia and Elizabethtown, PA as part of their Noel tour.

We speak with composer Bill Cunliffe. He's been nominated for a Grammy for his "fourth stream?la banda" - a work commissioned for the Temple University Symphony Orchestra and trumpet soloist Terell Stafford.

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CD Selections
12:13 pm
Sat December 11, 2010

Jeff Duperon Recommends...

Songs for the Soul
Organist Radam Schwartz and Conspiracy for Positivity
Featuring Vocalist Miles Griffith

The voice was the first instrument. The ear, by logical progression, ranks second. Drums were used to communicate over long distances, so they're third. The fourth is the Hammond B-3 organ, with roots that are firmly embedded in the church. During the 1950s and '60s, it became the main voice for "soul jazz," providing a hand-clapping, feet-tapping, rise-up-out-of-your-seat-and-celebrate style that commands your attention. Read More...
 

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Crossover
12:03 pm
Sat December 11, 2010

Maestro Valentin Radu

Valentin Radu is the artistic director and conductor of Vox Ama Deus, featuring Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart and Beethoven.

They have an exciting series of concerts coming up for the holidays and the winter season.

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Jazz Stories
11:09 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Remembering Jazz Icon James Moody

The virtuoso jazz saxophonist and flutist James Moody died Thursday, December 9th, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 85. Read More...

Moody is best known for "I'm in the Mood for Love," but will be forever remembered for his inventive, earthy tone, humorous take on
life, and his solos that critic Gary Giddins called "mini-epics in which impassioned oracles, comic relief, suspense and song vie for
chorus time."

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