Creatively Speaking
11:33 am
Sat April 16, 2011

Playwright Rogelio Martinez's Wanamaker's Pursuit--PIFA 2011-- Pennypacker Mills--James MacMillan

Jim Cotter speaks with playwright Rogelio Martinez. The Arden Theatre presents the world-premiere production of his Wanamaker's Pursuit as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA).

Susan Lewis considers two early 20th-century artists whose work in Paris has inspired collaborations in this year's PIFA.

Eric Brannon takes us to Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville, PA for an exhibition of historical mechanical musical devices - the forefathers of modern electronic appliances such as the CD player and the iPod.

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News and Views
7:14 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) 2011: The French Connection Part 1

9:55 am
Sat April 9, 2011

Philadelphia's National Museum of American Jewish History

Join Jill as she interviews Dr. Josh Perelman, Deputy Director for Exhibitions, Programs and Collections, and Michael Rosenzweig, President and CEO of the National Museum of American Jewish History. They discuss the founding of the museum, the role it plays as the country's only museum dedicated exclusively to telling the still-unfolding story of Jews in America, and the importance of its status as a Smithsonian affiliate institution.

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News and Views
7:43 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami: The Economic Impact on the United States

Japan?s Earthquake and Tsunami: The Economic Impact on the United States

Philadelphia, PA – WRTI's Timothy Churchill speaks with two professors from Temple University's Fox School of Business about the short- and long-term impact of Japan's March 11th disasters on the U.S. economy, and the future of trade between the two countries.

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Jazz Stories
12:49 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with WRTI

Spring is here, and along with it comes our annual jazz celebration in April. This year, the Philadelphia jazz community - including WRTI - has organized the Philadelphia Jazz Coalition to help our city celebrate its extraordinary jazz legacy and current thriving jazz scene throughout the month. Jazz events and programs are happening at a variety of venues in Philadelphia. WRTI joins in the city's celebration with special jazz programming.

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Classical Stories
3:42 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Vittorio Grigolo: A Rising Tenor Takes His Time

Opera sensation Vittorio Grigolo is a man in demand. From the Met to La Scala, the finest opera houses around the world clamor to have his voice resound through their halls. He's one of the handful of rising tenors to have been touted as "the next Pavarotti."--NPR

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Jazz Appreciation Month
10:26 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Bud Powell

Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell (September 27, 1924 - July 31, 1966) was an American Jazz pianist. Powell has been described as one of "the two most significant pianists of the style of modern jazz that came to be known as bop", the other being his friend and contemporary Thelonious Monk. Along with Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Powell was a key player in the history of bebop, and his virtuosity as a pianist led many to call him "the Charlie Parker of the piano".

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CD Selections
10:01 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Kile Smith Recommends...

Relache: Press Play
Music of Mark Hagerty, Guy Klucevsek, Cynthia Folio

Relache has been slipping the thin leading edge of new music into Philadelphia since 1979. They've done it with a jolly indifference to the clashing of styles or the rocking of boats. Even their name, which in French means "the show is closed," exhibits their iconoclasm and humor. Downtown, uptown, no town, doesn't matter: if it's new - brand new - Relache is all over it.


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Classical Stories
2:45 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: Wagner and Volkmann

Saturday, April 2

5 to 6 pm

With hosts Kile Smith and Jack Moore

Two composers are born within two years of each other, and they both die in the same year. One is world-famous; the other is almost unknown. Join us as we explore works by Richard Wagner and Robert Volkmann - two composers who were opposites, yet had much in common.

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Jazz Stories
12:15 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Bob Perkins Recommends...

Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown

Something special occurs when talented people collaborate. That is what happened when Sarah Vaughan and trumpet star Clifford Brown and his band got together to record at the Fine Sound Studios in New York in December of 1954.

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