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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Creatively Speaking
3:55 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Monteverdi Vespers--Phila. Shakespeare Co.'s Classical Cabaret Fest.--Wissahickon Valley, 1620-2020

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to a December 5, 2010 performance celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Monteverdi Vespers.

As The Philadelphia Shakespeare Company's Classical Cabaret festival gets underway, Susan Lewis considers connections between the classics and contemporary theater.

Jim Cotter speaks with David Contosta and Carol Franklin, who are the authors of Metropolitan Paradise: The Struggle for Nature in the City. The book is about Philadelphia's Wissahickon Valley, 1620-2020.

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1:55 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Western Wind Vocal Ensemble: A Special Chanukah Program

Chanukah in Story and Song on Crossover

Saturday, December 4
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Chanukah in Story and Song:
Western Wind Vocal Ensemble with Narrator Leonard Nimoy

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News and Views
2:19 pm
Sun November 28, 2010

OLD WICKED SONGS: Jon Marans' Pulitzer-Nominated Play at Bristol Riverside Theatre

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Creatively Speaking
1:14 pm
Sat November 27, 2010

Landscape Architect Kim Wilkie--Portraits at PAFA--Art Sleuth Robert Wittman--Baltic Composers

Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944)
Picnic at Bedford Hills, 1918
Oil on canvas, 40 5/16 x 50 1/4 inches
Gift of Ettie Stettheimer, 1950.12
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

A conversation with landscape architect Kim Wilkie - the designer of Longwood Gardens' new East Conservatory Plaza.

Susan Lewis considers artists' self portraits and artistic identity with a visit to an exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

We speak with Robert Wittman. He writes of his years as head of the FBI's Art-Crime Team in Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures.

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WRTI Spotlight
4:32 pm
Thu November 25, 2010

Hanukkah on WRTI: Celebrate the Festival of Lights!

The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble: Chanukah in Story and Song

Saturday, December 4 at 11:30 am on WRTI-FM

Featuring Ladino songs, Yiddish melodies, modern Israeli tunes, and more. Narrated by Leonard Nimoy.

Handel: Judas Maccabaeus

Saturday, December 4 at 8 pm on WRTI HD-2

Joe Patti hosts a complete broadcast of the famous oratorio featuring Dame Janet Baker, Roland Davies, Felicity Palmer, and the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras.

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WRTI Spotlight
4:44 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

<a href=>End-of-Year Contributions to WRTI: The Time is Now!</a>

Have you relied on WRTI throughout the year? Have we been your constant companion? Day in and day out? If the music lifts you up, comforts you, or sometimes makes you tap your toes and smile, remember it's member support - Your Support - that keeps all of WRTI's programming going strong.

Please make a year-end contribution to WRTI. You'll feel great knowing that you're keeping the music on the air for your own enjoyment, and for the benefit of the entire community.

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CD Selections
11:41 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Who Loves WRTI?

Stephen Tirpak - Musician, Composer, Arranger is a WRTI Member

A New Jersey-based trumpet and trombone player, Stephen has toured worldwide playing with John Legend since 2007 as the horn section leader and arranger. He's appeared on Good Morning America, Late Show with David Letterman, Jay Leno Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brian, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Ellen DeGeneres Show, The View, NBA All-Star Halftime Show, the Super Bowl Tailgate Party, and more.

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