Creatively Speaking
9:34 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Actor Yves Jacques--Philadelphia's Swedish Origins--Community-Based Public Art--Composer David Lang

Jim Cotter speaks with French-Canadian actor Yves Jacques. He stars in the East Coast premiere of Robert Lepage's latest one-man show, The Andersen Project.

Jason Peifer explores Philadelphia's Swedish origins with a visit to the American Swedish Historical Museum.

Susan Lewis explores the power of community-based public art in a newly completed Fairmount Park Art Association project in North Philadelphia.

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12:28 pm
Mon June 8, 2009

Opera Review: <i>The Rape of Lucretia</i> at the Kimmel Center

Baritone Nathan Gunn stars in the Opera Company of Philadelphia's The Rape of Lucretia

Lesley Valdes, WRTI's critic-at-large, reviews the Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. Repeat performances will be held at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater on June 10th, 12th, and 14th, 2009.

Opera Company of Philadelphia

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

Benjamin Britten: The Rape of Lucretia

Opera in Two Acts

Libretto by Ronald Duncan

Based on the play by Andre Obey (Le Viol de Lucrece)

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WRTI Spotlight
9:20 am
Mon June 8, 2009

We're So Close...To Reaching Our Fiscal Year Goal

With contributions from listeners like you - before June 30th - we'll raise the remaining $100,000 needed to end the year successfully.

All the great music you hear on WRTI is created with only 12 notes. Take one of those notes away and what's left? You have 11 notes. But much less music can be composed with just one fewer note. The dynamics of supporting WRTI work in a similar way. Your one pledge is as important to WRTI as every note in the musical scale is to a composer.

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WRTI Spotlight
2:31 pm
Sun June 7, 2009

Benny Goodman's Centennial: Celebrate with WRTI

Tune in or listen online on Sunday June 7th from 7 to 8 pm when we honor the memory of "The King of Swing."

May 30th marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benny Goodman, born Benjamin David Goodman in Chicago in 1909. Mr. Goodman holds an iconic place in American culture - not only as a jazz legend, but also as a cultural ambassador and humanitarian.

WRTI pays homage to the great clarinetist and bandleader whose interest in music spanned both jazz and classical genres.

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
4:08 pm
Sat June 6, 2009

Works by Holbrooke and Vaughan Williams

Josef Holbrooke

Josef Holbrooke (1878-1958): The Viking, Poem No. 2 for Orchestra, op. 32 (1900)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): English Folk Song Suite (1923) arr. Gordon Jacob

Josef Holbrooke: Three Blind Mice, Symphonic Variations on an old English Air, op. 37, no. 1 (1900)

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1:14 pm
Fri June 5, 2009

Concert Review: The Philadelphia Orchestra at Kennedy Center and Verizon Hall

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays with The Philadelphia Orchestra

Lesley Valdes, WRTI's critic-at-large, reviews the Fabulous Philadelphians' June 3rd performance of a Ravel, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff program at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center. Repeat performances will be held at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall on June 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th.

Concert Review: The Philadelphia Orchestra at Kennedy Center and Verizon Hall

The Philadelphia Orchestra
At The Kennedy Center

Charles Dutoit, Conductor

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano

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Sunday Afternoon Concert
1:24 pm
Thu June 4, 2009

New York Philharmonic on WRTI: Zinman Conducts Sibelius

Sunday, June 7

3 to 5 pm

New York Philharmonic

David Zinman, conductor


Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov: Night on Bald Mountain

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

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Notes about the Program, and Audio

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Creatively Speaking
10:13 am
Tue June 2, 2009

David Hayes--Secret Lenape Ancestry--The Rape of Lucretia--Independence Seaport Museum

Ceremonial Lenape Meesing ring from Penn Museum's Fulfilling a Prophecy exhibition

Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia Singers Music Director David Hayes. His group is hosting the Chorus America Conference - the annual gathering of choirs and choral groups from around the country.

Susan Lewis takes us to the Penn Museum's exhibition about generations of Pennsylvanians who kept their Lenape identity secret for two centuries.

David Patrick Stearns previews the latest production from the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Baritone Nathan Gunn and tenor William Burden star in Benjamin Brittens' The Rape of Lucretia.

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2:28 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

Join Jill Pasternak Downtown at Macy's This Saturday

Crossover with Jill Pasternak

Broadcast Live at Wanamaker Organ Day

From Macy's in Downtown Philadelphia

Saturday, June 6

11:30 am to 12:30 pm

WRTI and the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ invite you to a day-long musical extravaganza celebrating the 105th anniversary of the world's largest pipe organ.

Jill Pasternak will present a live Crossover show featuring Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte, and Mormon Tabernacle Organist Richard Elliott from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

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Creatively Speaking
3:30 pm
Thu May 28, 2009

Nemours Mansion--Napoleon Exhibition--German Violinist Isabelle Faust--Let's Pretend We're Married

Jason Peifer visits the Nemours Mansion and Gardens in Wilmington, DE. The 300-acre estate was home to the industrialist and philanthropist Alfred I. duPont and recently completed a $39 million restoration.

As the National Constitution Center opens its new show on Napoleon, Susan Lewis explores the "French connection" between America and the Emperor of early 19th century France.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Isabelle Faust. The German violinist performs the Brahms Violin concerto in concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra this week.

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