Join Jill Pasternak and her guests from the Academy of Vocal Arts for a sneak-peak into their 2009/2010 season of operatic performances. Guests include AVA Music Director and Maestro Christofer Macatsoris, AVA President Keven MacDowell, and Master Vocal Coach David Lofton. A surprise is also in store for WRTI listeners!
Highlights of the season include the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition in October, Verdi's Falstaff in November, An Evening of Russian Romances in December, and La Boheme in May.
It is often a beautiful tapestry of music that weaves together some of our favorite films. Composer Dario Marianelli has been creating these musical tapestries to great acclaim. The Italian master was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005 for Pride and Prejudice, and won a Golden Globe and Academy Award two years later for his work in the poetic film masterpiece Atonement. Most recently, Marianelli contributed original music to the soundtrack for The Soloist.
Jim Cotter speaks with the artist Jamie Wyeth. His series of paintings exploring the "Seven Deadly Sins," is the basis of a new exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum.
Susan Lewis explores the life and music of Joseph Haydn, considered the father of the symphony and the string quartet. The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia opens its season this weekend with an all-Haydn program.
Jim Cotter speaks with Jeri Lynn Johnson, music director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra whose inaugural season opening concert takes place this weekend at the Kimmel Center.
Just in time to mark the anniversary of the world premiere of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8, the so-called "Symphony of a Thousand," we'll broadcast a brand-new recording, just released on August 25th, of this gargantuan work with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony, soloists and choruses.
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band takes you back in time to the legendary jazz nightclub, Nick's Steak House in Greenwich Village. For more than three decades, from the 30's to the 60's, veteran jazzmen such as Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon, Mugsy Spanier and Pee Wee Russell played, and crowds gathered at "the place" in downtown Manhattan to hear classic hot, improvised jazz.