On Wednesday June 11, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, we'll devote a portion of the day to the music of the inimitable German composer Richard Strauss (1864 to 1949). His epic and heroic tone poems and operas changed the face of romantic music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and have become a staple of the orchestra repertory.
WRTI's Susan Lewis reports on the death of Anne d'Harnoncourt
Philadelphiia, PA – Anne d'Harnoncourt, longtime chief executive of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and one of the art world's most influential women, died of cardiac arrest at her Center City home on Monday, June 2 at the age of 64.
Jill Pasternak presents a live broadcast from Macy's in downtown Philadelphia. WRTI invites you to a free, day-long musical extravaganza celebrating the 104th anniversary of world's largest pipe organ. Jill's live Crossover show will feature Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte and other guest performers from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. In addition, special concerts and displays will be combined with tours of the cavernous pipe chambers.
Jim Cotter speaks with the veteran choreographer Paul Taylor. His world-renowned dance company will visit Philadelphia for a series of performances at the Annenberg Center.
Susan Lewis looks at the upcoming West Chester University Poetry Conference, now in its 14th year.
Jason Peifer visits the People's Light & Theatre as it stages I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda. The play was written in response to playwright Sonja Linden's interactions with refugees of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
This week Jill Pasternak's guest is pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He recently performed on the Oscar-nominated score for the film Atonement by composer Dario Marianelli. He's also released an album featuring Camille Saint-Saens' Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 5 with L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romand, conducted by Charles Dutoit.
News and Views Examines Regional Tourism's Stratregy During a Sluggish Economy
Philadelphia, PA – A report from the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) shows leisure visits to the region have grown significantly over the past 10 years.
WRTI's Jim Hilgen reports that with gas prices rising, and the economy struggling, the staff at GPTMC believe Philadelphia and the surrounding counties can continue to bring plenty of visitors to the area.
Jill Pasternak interviews Thomas Lauderdale, founder, songwriter, and pianist for the 12-piece, Oregon-based ensemble Pink Martini. With lead vocalist China Forbes, the band has recorded songs in more than eight languages, and has won fans worldwide.
Tune in to hear about this vintage-chic band that blends classical, jazz, and world music.
Jim Cotter on Philadelphia's Boyd Theater. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the art deco building on its 2008 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. It will be sold to a private investor next week who could, under an existing demolition permit, order its destruction.
Susan Lewis looks at Philadelphia's Settlement Music School, now celebrating its centennial.
When other weight-loss options fail, some who suffer from obesity are finding success with bariatric surgery.
Nearly one in 50 adults in the United States is considered morbidly obese. In an effort to battle what some are calling an epidemic, more Americans are choosing bariatric surgery to address their weight problems.