WRTI Spotlight
2:34 pm
Wed April 1, 2009

Jazz Appreciation Month on WRTI: Honoring America's Jazz Giants

April is Jazz Appreciation Month

In April, WRTI is paying homage to jazz artists who helped make the American art form so widely recognized. Each week we'll spotlight different artists who were the masters of their crafts, starting off with a rhythm-filled week of the finest drummers in jazz. We'll then move to the horn players, the pianists, and the masters of the reeds. In honor of Duke Ellington's birthday, we'll showcase the great bandleaders. And finally, vocalists will serenade you through your weekends.

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WRTI Spotlight
4:15 pm
Tue March 31, 2009

WRTI Spring Membership Drive 2009 Sweepstakes Rules


You could win a pair (2) of reserved box?tickets to the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, for the Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang Concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra on July 30th.?

A pair (2) of reserved box concert tickets will be given away in the sweepstakes.? The estimated fair market value of this item is $150. Ten winners in all. ??No substitution of a cash value prize will be permitted.? If the winner declines the prize, no other prize will be offered.

1.? How to Enter

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WRTI Spotlight
11:08 am
Mon March 30, 2009

A Duke Ellington Birthday Party in Memory of Harrison Ridley, Jr.

One of Harrison's favorite musicians was the Duke


Join us on Sunday, April 26th at 8 pm for a toast to the late Dr. Harrison Ridley, Jr., who passed away in February. During The Historical Approach to the Positive Music, Jeff Duperon will be your host for a dual tribute: our tribute to Harrison with highlights from the archives of his show, and a tribute to one of Harrison's favorite musicians, Duke Ellington.

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WRTI Spotlight
9:40 am
Mon March 30, 2009

Celebrate Sergei Rachmaninoff's Birthday on April 1

Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff was a composer, pianist, and conductor


Tune in or listen online on Wednesday, April 1st between 6 am and 6 pm to hear many of the beloved Russian composer's works, including some of his famous solo piano compositions.

"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music" -- Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

A Taste of What You'll Hear on April 1st:

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Creatively Speaking
4:00 pm
Sat March 28, 2009

Edward Albee--Long-Lost Manuscript of The Good Earth--Philadelphia's Sketch Club and Plastic Club

Playwright Edward Albee

Jim Cotter speaks with legendary playwright Edward Albee. The Philadelphia Theater Company is presenting his At Home at The Zoo.

Jason Peifer visits the Pearl S. Buck House in Bucks County. An exhibition that includes the long-lost manuscript of Buck's famous novel The Good Earth has opened at the National Historic Landmark home.

Susan Lewis visits the Sketch Club and the Plastic Club on Philadelphia's historic Camac Street, also known as the "Avenue of the Artists."

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
9:40 am
Thu March 26, 2009

New York Philharmonic on WRTI: Thibaudet and Maazel at Vail Valley Music Festival

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, pianist

Sunday, March 29
3 to 5 pm
New York Philharmonic
Lorin Maazel, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Program:
Barber: School for Scandal Overture
Gershwin: Concerto in F
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

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WRTI Spotlight
3:14 pm
Mon March 23, 2009

BP's Look at the Life of Pianist Ray Bryant

Pianist Ray Bryant is featured on BP's jazz show on March 29th at 1 pm.


Join WRTI's Bob Perkins on Sunday, March 29th at 1 pm as he takes an in-depth look at the interesting musical life of pianist and composer Ray Bryant. A Philly native, Bryant began his climb to stardom right here in 1951 playing at some of the most happening jazz clubs at that time with greats such as Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Miles was so impressed with the young pianist that, in 1955, he asked him to record with him in New York City along with other jazz legends.

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Creatively Speaking
3:52 pm
Sat March 21, 2009

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas--AMERICA I AM--At Home At The Zoo--Philadelphia a Brewery Town?

The Philadelphia Theater Company performs at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Center City, Philadelphia

We listen again to Jim Cotter's recent conversation with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

Susan Lewis looks at AMERICA I AM: The African American Imprint, an exhibition at the National Constitution Center exploring the myriad contributions African Americans have made to America.

Jason Peifer previews the Philadelphia Theater's Company production of At Home At The Zoo. We'll hear from playwright Edward Albee about this expanded version of his 1959 play, The Zoo Story. ?

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Crossover
11:38 am
Sat March 21, 2009

The Loathly Lady librettist Wendy Steiner and composer Paul Richards

The Loathly Lady will debut at Penn's Irvine Auditorium on April 1, 2009.

The Loathly Lady, an original comic work conceived at the cusp between opera and musical theater, will debut at Penn's Irvine Auditorium on April 1st. Join Jill Pasternak when she interviews librettist Wendy Steiner, and composer Paul Richards.The Loathly Lady is based on Geoffrey Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Tale (c. 1400), in which a cruel knight must discover what women want most.

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Critic-at-Large
12:10 pm
Fri March 20, 2009

At Home at the Zoo, Philadelphia Theater Company


Edward Albee has added a first act to his most famous one-act play, the 1959 The Zoo Story. It tells what happens before Peter meets Jerry on that park bench. Before all hell breaks loose. The author calls his new version: At Home at the Zoo. The Philadelphia Theater Company's production at the Suzanne Roberts Theater is well done and ultimately moving but At Home at The Zoo isn't as powerful as The Zoo Story on its own.

At Home at the Zoo

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