Crossover
11:26 am
Sat August 30, 2008

Marilyn Maye: jazz singer

Jill Pasternak talks to the legendary jazz cabaret singer during an encore broadcast originally aired in June. Maye's career has been multi-faceted, including 76 appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, singing alongside jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald, and performing at jazz clubs in NYC from the Copacabana to Birdland.

Discovered by Steve Allen in a Kansas City nightclub almost five decades ago, she went on to sing for Princess Grace in Monaco, with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and at Lincoln Center.

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Creatively Speaking
2:18 pm
Sat August 23, 2008

Musicians from a Different Shore--Charles Demuth Museum--Ocean Grove Pipe Organ--Rhythms of India

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interview with Mari Yoshihara, author of Musicians from a Different Shore.

Jason Peifer visits the Charles Demuth Museum in Lancaster.

David Patrick Stearns looks back on the 100-year history of the Grand Pipe Organ in Ocean Grove, New Jersey.

Susan Lewis takes a walk through Rhythms of India: The Art of Nandalal Bose, an exhibition currently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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WRTI Spotlight
4:12 pm
Tue August 19, 2008

iPod Wednesday with Two Winners is September 3

What is iPod Wednesday? That's the ONLY day WRTI will give away two 80GB iPods--your choice of an iPod loaded with some of the best classical music, or one with jazz favorites. All the work is done for you. You simply turn on your iPod and enjoy the music.

Want to win an iPod? Everyone who calls in a pledge, or pledges online ONLY on September 3 is automatically entered in the contest. Just call 1-866-809-9784, or enter contest online on September 3. Names of the two winners will be posted on our website.

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Creatively Speaking
2:16 pm
Sat August 16, 2008

Colonial Philadelphia Furniture--The Chinese Friendship Gate--Sound Design in Theater

Detail from the Friendship Gate in Philadelphia's Chinatown

Jim Cotter takes a walk through The Fix on Colonial Philadelphia Furniture: A Secret Guide to Cabinetmakers' Prices at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Susan Lewis considers the significance of Philadelphia's Chinese Friendship Gate, now being repainted and restored. 

In our continuing series on what it takes to bring theater to life, Jason Peifer examines the role of the sound designer.

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Crossover
9:52 am
Sat August 16, 2008

Keith Lockhart: Boston Pops music director

Leonard Bernstein

Jill Pasternak speaks with the Maestro about his upcoming appearance with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at the Kimmel Center on August 20.

The concert will honor the memory of Leonard Bernstein, who would have turned 90 on August 25.

The three-part program, Make Mine Bernstein, reflects on one of the 20th century's most influential composers of American classical music and Broadway hit musicals.

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News and Views
10:39 am
Fri August 15, 2008

News and Views Looks at Controversy Surrounding PA's Commercial Dog Breeders

Controversy Surrounding PA's Commercial Dog Breeders

Philadelphia, PA – A recent raid on a Chester County dog breeding operation brought the issue of the state's "puppy mills" back to the forefront. Listen to Jim Hilgen's report.

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News and Views
2:44 pm
Wed August 13, 2008

Philadelphia Orchestra To Perform Historic Open-Air Concert

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.

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WRTI Spotlight
10:39 am
Sun August 10, 2008

BP Reveals <em>Charlie Parker's Philly Connections</em> on August 17

Public mural of Charlie Parker in the Power & Light District, Kansas City, Missouri

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.

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Creatively Speaking
3:08 pm
Sat August 2, 2008

Paul Taylor--Patchwork Politics--Christ Church's African-American Roots--Calder Jewelry

Necklace, c. 1943. Alexander Calder. Silver wire, string, and ribbon. Inscription: "Calder". Private Collection, New York. Photo by Maria Robledo.

We listen back to Jim Cotter's recent conversation with the veteran choreographer Paul Taylor.

Jason Peifer explores the creativity stirred up during presidential elections with a visit to the exhibition Patchwork Politics: From George to George W. at the Heritage Center Museum in Lancaster.

Tom Keels takes us to Philadelphia's historic Christ Church to learn how it is remembering its lesser-known, African-American congregants and their fight for freedom.

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Crossover
10:16 am
Sat August 2, 2008

Gil Shaham: violinist

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.

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