It's sometimes forgotten that most of the greatest composers in classical music were also superb improvisers. Bach amazed audiences with his improvisational keyboard skills, Beethoven was always game for an improvisational showdown with other musicians and, by all accounts, Liszt drove women crazy with his flights of romantic fancy during performances. No wonder, then, that the history of jazz is peppered with "jazzed up" versions of classical compositions. Here are five of them.--from NPR
"BP with the GM" was on the scene in Wilmington on June 21st, broadcasting his show live from the 2011 Dupont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. Here he is chatting it up with trumpeter Eddie Morgan. The Festival continues through June 26th. Check it out!
Urban Living: The Growth of Philadelphia's Young Adult Cohort
Philadelphia, PA – The latest census data shows that the number of young adults living in downtown Philadelphia, between the ages of 20 to 34, has expanded dramatically in the past 10 years. WRTI's Timothy Churchill talks about this new trend with the director of Temple University's Career Center, a Temple sociology professor, a Philadelphia booster, and two young adults.
The Boston Early Music Festival ended on June 19th. The New York Times called it "...an early-music fan's idea of paradise for a week." Listen to one of the Festival highlights: The Orchestra at Play - Festive Concertos, Suites, and Sinfonias by Bach, Handel, Corelli, and Vivaldi--from NPR
Jazz pianist and composer Randy Weston performs with his African Rhythms Quintet, and remembers Philadelphia native Ray Bryant - his longtime friend and musical colleague, who died on June 2nd.--from NPR
This recent broadcast features young musicians with connections to our region - they're up to remarkable things beyond playing classical music. You'll meet a 14-year-old pianist who has appeared in a major feature film, a teenage flutist who's recorded with one of the world's greatest jazz musicians, and a From the Top alum who's started a new urban orchestra training program in Philadelphia. You'll also meet an outstanding 11-year-old guitarist, and hear the world-famous American Boy Choir from Princeton. Missed it live? No problem! Listen now...
WRTI's Meridee Duddleston returns to St. Francis de Sales school in SW Philadelphia to check in on TUNE UP PHILLY - a unique after-school classical music program launched in 2010. Program Director Stanford Thompson, teaching artists, and parents share their thoughts on this Phila. Youth Orchestra project modeled after Venezuela's youth orchestra system.