Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
3:28 pm
Sat February 12, 2011

Widor and Copland

Charles-Marie Widor circa 1900

Works for Organ and Orchestra by Charles-Marie Widor and Aaron Copland

The organ world in Paris - in January of 1870 - was buzzing when the top names in the business saw to it that a 25-year-old got the biggest job in the city. St. Sulpice Church was looking for someone to pilot its newly installed five-manual organ, the greatest and largest instrument by Aristide Cavaille-Coll, known as the greatest organ builder of the 19th century.

Camille Saint-Saens, Charles Gounod, and Cavaille-Coll himself all said that there was only one person for the job: Charles-Marie Widor. The church offered Widor the appointment on a temporary basis. He kept the job for 64 years.

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Creatively Speaking
12:42 pm
Sat February 12, 2011

Fiach Mac Conghail (Dublin's Abbey Theatre)--Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas--The SS United States

Fiach Mac Conghail

Jim Cotter speaks with Fiach Mac Conghail, artistic director of Dublin's Abbey Theatre - the national theater of Ireland. Philadelphia's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the Abbey Theatre production of Mark O'Rowe's Terminus from February 16 to 20, 2011, as part of the Philadelphia Irish Theatre Festival.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Michael Tilson Thomas as the veteran conductor leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of concerts.

Tom Keels looks at efforts to secure a future for the venerable ocean liner the SS United States.

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News and Views
7:35 am
Mon February 7, 2011

AMADEUS: The Story of Mozart and Musical Rivalry at the Walnut Street Theatre

Jazz Stories
3:48 pm
Sat February 5, 2011

Jazz Grammy Awards Recap on February 15th

Vocalist Denise Donatelli

Join Maureen Malloy from 9 pm to midnight as she presents some of the nominated works and winners from the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards show that aired on TV on February 13th. Jazz singer Denise Donatelli took the #1 spot on WRTI's listener-generated Top 75 of 2010 with her rendition of "Don't Explain." Will her release beat out Gregory Porter's "Water" for Best Jazz Vocal Album? Tune in to find out!

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Jazz Nominees for Grammy Awards - 2010

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
3:12 pm
Sat February 5, 2011

Astral Artists: Excerpts from Brahms in Love Festival

Astral Artist Benjamin Beilman

Sunday, February 13

3 to 5 pm


Marcantonio Barone, piano

Clancy Newman, cello

Benjamin Beilman violin


Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor

Brahms: Cello Sonata in F Major

Clara Schumann: Three Romances

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About Astral Artists' Concert Season

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Creatively Speaking
3:07 pm
Sat February 5, 2011

Interview with Composer Jennifer Higdon--Profile of Multidisciplinary Artist Meredith Monk

Jennifer Higdon and her cat, Beau.

Jim Cotter speaks with Pulitzer-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.

David Patrick Stearns profiles multidisciplinary artist Meredith Monk ahead of a revival performance of her groundbreaking Education of the Girlchild at Bryn Mawr College on Sunday, February 6th.

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10:29 am
Sat February 5, 2011

Pianist Byron Janis

World-renowned pianist Byron Janis is Jill Pasternak's guest this week on Crossover. Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal is Janis' recently published autobiography, which he discusses with Jill during the show.

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WRTI Spotlight
9:11 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Thank You for Supporting the Music You Love

The WRTI Winter Drive was a Success!

We raised $265,347 because of the commitment of 2,593 new and renewing members who invested in classical music and jazz on WRTI. It's not too late to contribute. Click Here to pledge.

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Creatively Speaking
3:04 pm
Sat January 29, 2011

OCP's Production of Gounod's ROMEO & JULIET--The Phila. History Museum at the Atwater Kent

Soprano Ailyn Perez stars as Juliet in Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Romeo & Juliet - set in the world of fashion.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the Opera Company of Philadelphia's upcoming production of Gounod's Romeo & Juliet that casts the Capulets and Montagues - not as feuding families - but as rival haute couture design houses.

Jim Cotter speaks with Charles Croce, the new CEO of the recently revamped and renamed Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, which tells the story of the City of Philadelphia.

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9:13 am
Sat January 29, 2011

Composer and Conductor Eric Whitacre

Join Jill Pasternak for an interview with composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, who has taken the world by storm with his unique choral arrangements, innovative compositions, and Virtual Choir project - an exciting online social experiment.