WRTI Spotlight
3:42 pm
Tue December 23, 2008

Top 50 of 2008: Your Favorite New Jazz Releases of the Year

The top 50 most requested songs of the year, based on WRTI listener-generated requests from the weekly Jazz Hot 11 Countdown.


Kenny Garrett
Intro to Africa
Mack Avenue

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
1:29 pm
Tue December 23, 2008

New York Philharmonic on WRTI

Soprano Deborah Polaski stars as Elektra

New York Philharmonic
Lorin Maazel, conductor
Sunday, December 28
3 to 5 pm

Richard Strauss: Elektra (in concert)

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Audio Archive
12:33 pm
Mon December 22, 2008

Jeff Duperon's Picks for the Top 20 New Jazz Releases of 2008

Jeff Duperon's Picks for the Best New Jazz Releases of 2008

Join Jeff Duperon on December 26th as he reviews his choices for the Best Jazz Releases of 2008. Jeff will explore his selections and provide his take on this outstanding year of music. Tune in at 6 pm and don't miss a riff, a change, or a call and response to the wonderful music we know as jazz!


Jeff Duperon's Picks for the Best New Jazz Releases of 2008

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
9:46 am
Fri December 19, 2008

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on WRTI

Jean-Guihen Queyras, cellist

Sunday, December 21
5 to 6 pm

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Works by Rossini and Haydn


  • Rossini: Overture to L'Italiana in Algeri

    Mischa Santora, conducting
  • Haydn: Cello Concerto No.1 in C; Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello
  • Haydn: Symphony No.8 "Le Soir"
    Rudolf Werthen, conducting
Creatively Speaking
1:58 pm
Thu December 18, 2008

Davyd Booth--Narnia at Franklin Institute--History of Cherry Sisters--Unsilent Night

The Chronicles of Narnia Exhibition at The Franklin

We speak with Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Davyd Booth about the orchestra's annual Glorious Sound of Christmas concerts.

Susan Lewis explores the science in Narnia, an exhibition at the Franklin Institute. The show is based on C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and movie adaptations.

Jason Peifer talks to the creator and performers of Cherry Bomb: The Worst Act in Vaudeville, from 1812 Productions. The new musical explores the history of the Cherry Sisters and their touring vaudeville act.

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12:17 pm
Mon December 15, 2008

<em>Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace </em>on WRTI's <em>Crossover</em>

Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace

Tune in when Jill Pasternak offers a taste of this new album from cellist Yo-Yo Ma. It's a musical holiday party, and the eclectic guest list includes Renee Fleming, Alison Kraus, Paquito D'Rivera, and James Taylor.

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Creatively Speaking
4:56 pm
Tue December 9, 2008

Yannick Nezet-Seguin--The Government Inspector--Philadelphia's Connection with Beer--Andrea Baldeck

Andrea Baldeck, Water Monster Gargoyle on Temple Roof, Photograph, Tibet, 2005

David Patrick Stearns introduces us to Yannick Nezet-Seguin . Philadelphia audiences get their first glimpse of the young French-Canadian conductor as he leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in works by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky this week.

Jason Peifer visits the Lantern Theater Company as it stages a new adaptation of the classic Nikolai Gogol play, The Government Inspector.

Tom Keels uncovers Philadelphia's history as a brewery town and explores the city's current beer-making renaissance.

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3:08 pm
Mon December 8, 2008

Choral Composer John Rutter

John Rutter's new Christmas CD

British composer John Rutter's carols and other seasonal choral music have been an indispensable part of Christmas celebrations worldwide for over 40 years. He talks with Jill Pasternak about his new release John Rutter: A Christmas Festival; it is the first Christmas recording from John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers in almost 20 years, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Farnham Youth Choir.

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
10:02 am
Mon December 8, 2008

Apollo's Fire plays Handel's <em>Messiah</em> on WRTI

Jeannette Sorrell conducts Apollos Fire

Apollo's Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
Handel's Messiah
Sunday, December 14

Conductor Jeannette Sorrell leads Cleveland's Baroque Orchestra and Chorus in the Christmas portion of Handel's holiday classic, with Amanda Forsythe, soprano;? Lizzie Shammash, alto; Ian Honeyman, tenor; Jeff Strauss, bass

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WRTI Spotlight
4:10 pm
Sun December 7, 2008

WRTI End-of-Year Contributions

2008 End-of Year Contributions to WRTI are Essential in Keeping the Music Alive in 2009

As you review the many organizations deserving financial support this time of year, please consider everything WRTI brings to your life, and how classical and jazz programming benefits the community. Over 350,000 listeners depend on WRTI each week. Your year-end, tax-deductible gift, no matter the amount, is essential in keeping the music alive in 2009.