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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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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Classical Stories
11:00 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Mark Pinto Recommends...

Dave Brubeck: Sacred Choral Works - Songs of Praise

WRTI's New Releases host reviews a new classical CD from a jazz legend!

Jazz improvisation is a prominent feature of some of Dave Brubeck's early choral works, but it's his mastery of counterpoint that is on display in the fervent and complex pieces recorded on Songs of Praise. This disc of Brubeck's sacred choral works, some of which receive their world-premiere recordings, offers much to chew on, so to speak, and definitely much to appreciate. Read More...

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News and Views
9:13 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Holiday Spending in 2010: Expectations and Options

Holiday Spending in 2010: Expectations and Options

Philadelphia, PA – Will consumers have a different approach to buying holiday gifts in these recessionary times? WRTI's Jim Hilgen looks at this year's anticipated holiday spending, and at gift alternatives that may reduce consumers' stress levels.

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
4:16 pm
Sat December 4, 2010

Paul Juon: The Russian Brahms

Paul Juon was born in Russia and died in Switzerland, but is a German composer. His music is influenced by Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, and Sibelius, so of course he was called "the Russian Brahms"! Well, Taneyev, Glazunov, and Medtner have all been called that, but it was a schoolmate, Sergei Rachmaninoff, who pinned the nickname on Paul Juon. So who is he?

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Jazz Stories
9:40 am
Sat December 4, 2010

Bob Perkins Recommends...

Count Basie Swings/Joe Williams Sings

Our "BP with the GM" brings his knowledge and charm to another must-read CD review!

Singer Joe Williams bounced around for quite a number of years before he became a recognized entertainer. He was thus familiar with hard times - once having to undergo electric-shock treatment for an emotional disorder, perhaps brought on by the frustrations of trying to obtain recognition. Read More...

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