WRTI Spotlight
10:16 am
Sat November 15, 2008

<em>A Day at the Opera:</em> A One-Day Fund Drive on November 22

Tune in on Saturday, November 22 from 6 am to 6 pm when WRTI brings you a day of operatic delight! The fun will include the broadcast of a historic and critically acclaimed recording of Puccini's La Boheme at 1:30 pm, special episodes of Crossover and Creatively Speaking (featuring archival interviews with Renee Fleming and Kiri Te Kanawa, and a recent profile of Angela Meade) and a variety of opera favorites all day.

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
9:58 am
Thu November 13, 2008

New York Philharmonic

David Robertson conducts works by Mozart, Bartok, and Brahms Leonidas Kavakos, Violin


  • Mozart: Symphony No. 34
  • Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3

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11:28 am
Sat November 8, 2008

Complete Broadcast of Through Roses: A Special Episode

Saul Rubinek as Carl Stern in Marc Neikrug's Through Roses.
Credit: UrbanHanded Works Inc.

Jill interviews noted actor Saul Rubinek about his performance and role in Marc Neikrug's riveting Holocaust-related music-theater piece, Through Roses.

In this special program you'll hear the entire Through Roses performance, which includes Atis Bankas on violin.

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Creatively Speaking
4:20 pm
Wed November 5, 2008

Michael Tilson Thomas--Phila. Improv Festival--Philadelphia Virtuosi--Avenue of the Artists

Philadelphia's Camac Street is home to the Plastic Club and Sketch Club

Jim Cotter speaks with Michael Tilson Thomas. The music director of the San Francisco Symphony and artistic director of the New World Symphony conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts this week.

Jason Peifer previews the Philadelphia Improv Festival, an annual event that highlights the growth in unscripted comedy in the region.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

Susan Lewis visits the Sketch Club and the Plastic Club on Philadelphia's Camac Street - the Avenue of the Artists.

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WRTI Spotlight
12:07 pm
Wed November 5, 2008

WRTI Presents Charlie Parker Documentary on November 9

Charlie Parker

Tune in on Sunday, November 9 from 2 to 2:30 pm for Charlie Parker and His Philadelphia Connections, a documentary about the great alto saxophonist and jazz icon Charlie "Yardbird" Parker and his Philly ties during the late '40s and early '50s.?

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11:18 am
Sat November 1, 2008

Itzhak Perlman: Violinist

Itzhak Perlman

Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, Mr. Perlman is recognized by audiences all over the world who respond to his flawless technique and his irrepressible joy of making music. Now celebrating the 50th anniversary of his American debut, he'll be in Philadelphia performing at the Kimmel Center on November 2.

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Creatively Speaking
2:19 pm
Wed October 29, 2008

A is for Art Museum--Arts & Quality of Life Research Center--Unusual Acts of Devotion--Angela Meade

A is for Art Museum, by the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Katy Friedland and Marla Shoemaker

Jim Cotter speaks with with Katy Friedland and Marla K. Shoemaker, authors of a new children's book A is for Art Museum. We'll also drop in on an art program for pre-schoolers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Susan Lewis looks at Temple University's Arts and Quality of Life Research Center, where researchers are working to demonstrate links between the arts and physical well being.

Jason Peifer speaks with members of the Philadelphia Theatre Company and playwright Terrence McNally about his latest drama Unusual Acts of Devotion.

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Creatively Speaking
4:50 pm
Sat October 25, 2008

Concertmaster David Kim--PA Ballet In Training--Pianist Andras Schiff--Sacred Harp Singing

David Kim

Jim Cotter speaks with David Kim. The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates his 10th anniversary as its concert master in a series of performances this week.

As Pennsylvania Ballet prepares to open its 45th season, Susan Lewis looks at the company's summer excursion to a prolific training ground for new dancers in rural Pennsylvania.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Andras Schiff and his current Beethoven sonata odyssey.

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Creatively Speaking
4:50 pm
Sat October 18, 2008

One Book, One Philadelphia--Delaware Art Museum--Traditions of Folk Art--OCP's Fidelio

One Book, One Philadelphia has chosen The Soloist, by Steve Lopez as the 2009 featured book.

Jim Cotter speaks with author Steve Lopez. His story of destitute musician Nathaniel Ayers is this year's selection for One Book, One Philadelphia.

Susan Lewis considers the Delaware Art Museum, a museum of stories with its own tale to tell.

Jason Peifer explores how the skills and traditions of folk art are being passed on through apprenticeships.

David Patrick Stearns takes us to the Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Beethoven's Fidelio.

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