9:07 am
Mon June 22, 2009

Concert Review: The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Philadelphia Singers Perform Berlioz

Maestro Charles Dutoit

Lesley Valdes, WRTI's critic-at-large, reviews The Philadelphia Orchestra's June 18th performance of Berlioz's Requiem, with The Philadelphia Singers and tenor Paul Grove.

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Charles Dutoit, conductor

The Philadelphia Singers

David Hayes, choral director

Paul Grove, tenor soloist

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center

June 18, 19, 21

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Piano Jazz
12:58 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Sherrie Maricle On Piano Jazz

The beating heart of the all-female big band DIVA Jazz Orchestra is Sherrie Maricle.
Courtesy of the artist

Drummer, music educator and band leader Sherrie Maricle is known for leading her all-female big band, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra. But their full, explosive sound does not require the entire orchestra, as Maricle demonstrates on Piano Jazz with a scaled-down, trio version of DIVA featuring Noriko Ueda on bass, Tomoko Ohno on piano and Maricle on drums.

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Creatively Speaking
9:33 am
Thu June 18, 2009

Painter Elizabeth Osbourne--A Visit to Winterthur Museum--Hidden City Philadelphia Arts Festival

Elizabeth Osborne
Blaze III, 2004
Oil on canvas; 60 x 60 in.
Courtesy of Locks Gallery, Philadelphia

Jim Cotter speaks with Elizabeth Osborne. The veteran painter is the subject of The Color of Light, a new exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Susan Lewis visits the Brandywine Valley's Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, the former home of collector and horticulturalist Henry Francis DuPont.

And Jason Peifer visits the Hidden City Philadelphia Arts Festival. The month-long event brings performing and visual art to historic architectural gems in the Philadelphia area.

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WRTI Spotlight
1:09 pm
Wed June 17, 2009

Met Opera Nat'l Council Auditions Final Concert on WRTI: Sunday, June 28

Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor from Durham, North Carolina, was one of the finalists in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions final concert.

Hear the "Creme de la Creme" of North America's young opera singers compete in the final concert that ends the long, competitive journey to the fabled Metropolitan Opera stage in New York City.

Eight finalists, between the ages of 20 and 30 years old, were selected from nearly 1,800 singers who participated in the auditions. They competed in The Grand Finals Concert last February at Lincoln Center. WRTI presents a recording of the concert on Sunday, June 28th from 3 to 5 pm.

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
9:28 am
Tue June 16, 2009

Symphony in C on WRTI: Pianist Alessio Bax Plays Dvorak

Pianist Alessio Bax plays Dvorak in this week's Sunday Afternoon Concert featuring Symphony in C.

Conducted by Maestro Rossen Milanov, Symphony in C is one of three professional training orchestras in the United States preparing musicians and conductors who are on the cusp of world-class careers.

Sunday, June 21

3 to 5 pm


Smetana: "Sarka" from Ma Vlast

Dvorak: Piano Concerto (Alessio Bax, piano)

Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Watch and Listen: The talented young pianist Alessio Bax plays Brahms' Cziffra Hungarian Dance No. 5

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3:56 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine

Join Jill Pasternak when she interviews the multi-dimensional violinist Rachel Barton Pine. A child prodigy from Chicago, who went on to appear as soloist with some of the world's most famous orchestras, Rachel overcame a devastating accident in 1995 to continue a career that crosses from the classical music world and into Celtic, folk music, rock, and jazz. Hear her inspiring story on Crossover this Saturday.

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9:52 am
Mon June 15, 2009

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on WRTI: An All-Mozart Performance

Violinist Korbinian Altenberger

Sunday, June 21

5 to 6 pm


Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, "Turkish"

Korbinian Altenberger, violin

Ignat Solzhenitzyn, conductor

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Violinist Korbinian Altenberger

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

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WRTI Spotlight
9:23 am
Sat June 13, 2009

Works by Norwegian Composer and Pianist Edvard Grieg on His Birthday: Monday, June 15

Throughout the day, WRTI brings you works by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), the Norwegian classical music icon. Renowned as a nationalist composer, Grieg's many short pieces for piano - often based on Norwegian folk tunes and dances - led some to call him the "Chopin of the North."

"Norwegian folk life, Norwegian sagas, Norwegian history, and above all Norwegian nature have had a profound influence on my creative work ever since my youth." - Edvard Grieg, 1900

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11:13 am
Fri June 12, 2009

Theater Review: <i>The Anderson Project</i> at Merriam Theater

The Anderson Project: A Modern Fairy Tale is at the Merriam Theater on June 11, 12, and 13.

Lesley Valdes, WRTI's critic-at-large, reviews the opening-night performance of Robert Lepage's The Anderson Project: A Modern Fairy Tale, now at the Merriam Theater. Featuring Yves Jacques as the soul performer, the play is for mature audiences only. Two more performances are scheduled for June 12th and June 13th.

Theater Review: The Anderson Project at Merriam Theater

Critic at Large, WRTI-FM

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
4:53 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

Symphony in C on WRTI: Works by Currier, Strauss, and Rachmaninoff

Harpist Bridget Kibbey is one of the soloists in this week's Sunday Afternoon Concert.

Conducted by Maestro Rossen Milanov, Symphony in C is one of three professional training orchestras in the United States preparing musicians and conductors who are on the cusp of world-class careers.

Sunday, June 14

3 to 5 pm


Currier: Broken Minuets

Bridget Kibbey, harp

Strauss: Four Last Songs

Angela Meade, soprano

Rachmaninoff: Concerto for Piano no. 3 in D
minor, Op. 30

Di Wu, piano

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