Philadelphia Orchestra To Perform Historic Open-Air Concert
Philadelphia, PA – For the first time in the ensemble's 108-year history, The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform at City Hall. The concert is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23 at 7 pm, and is free and open to the public. Listen to Susan Lewis' report from WRTI's Arts & Culture Desk.
Tune to WRTI on Sunday, August 17 from 2 to 2:30 pm as Bob Perkins honors jazz innovator Charlie Parker during an insightful 30-minute documentary about the iconic alto sax player and his connections to the Philadelphia area. You'll hear briefly about "Bird's" youth in Kansas City, his initiation into the world of jazz, BP's personal reflections on first experiencing Parker's music, and the saxophonist's local ties.
Jill Pasternak speaks with the world-famous violinist about his recording of The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, an orchestral adaptation of a popular Chinese legend.
Written in 1959 by composers Chen Gang and He Zhanhao while they were students at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto premiered in the same year featuring renowned violinist Yu Lina. Although instantly popular, the concerto was banned by the Communist regime during the Cultural Revolution and the composers were jailed.
The Los Angeles Opera's Music Director James Conlon is reviving operas banned by the Nazi regime via Recovered Voices: A Lost Generation's Long-Forgotten Masterpieces.
Tune to WRTI on Saturday, August 9 from 1:30 to 5 pm to hear two one-act operas: The Broken Jug, by Viktor Ullmann (at right), and The Dwarf, by Alexander Zemlinksy.
"We must now mitigate a great injustice by working to revive the music of those whose only 'fault' was that they were Jewish, or that they were opposed to or deemed offensive by an authoritarian regime."
Jill Pasternak welcomes classical guitarist David Russell. Born in Glasgow, Scotland but raised in Spain, Russell has earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike, including being named a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997 and winning a Grammy award in 2005 for his CD Aire Latino.
Jersey girl. Juilliard grad. Fulbright scholar. Professional harpist. Magazine editor. Radio host and producer. Jill Pasternak's path is unique.
In the June issue of Philadelphia Music Makers magazine, our own drivetime diva discusses the circuitous route that led her to the WRTI studios, and the birth and evolution of her award-winning program Crossover.