Philadelphia, PA – WRTI's Windsor Johnston spent two weeks volunteering at the Mama na Dada Center, located along the shores of Lake Victoria in Kunya, Kenya. Mama na Dada, meaning "mothers and sisters" strives to empower women and young girls by providing them with the skills they need to be financially successful. Programs range from organic gardening to textile production.
WRTI was recently recognized for excellence in classical music and jazz broadcasting and for providing superior training to up-and-coming broadcasters for the past 60 years.
WRTI received an award from the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia on January 14, 2008, saluting the radio station for excellence in music programming, and for its accomplishments as a home for broadcasters wishing to learn the craft for the past 60 years.
WRTI News Director Windsor Johnston presents an in-depth look at life in a small village nestled in the outskirts of Kitale, Kenya. The village in western Kenya, run by the Common Ground Program (an NGO) provides a school for orphans and also houses a special bio-intensive gardening project where students learn natural methods of growing fruits, vegetables, and plants.
This week Jill Pasternak welcomes tenor Stephen Costello to the WRTI studios. The Philadelphia native is a graduate of the University of the Arts and the Academy of Vocal Arts. He was awarded a 2007 Career Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. He won First Prize in the 2006 George London Foundation for Singers Competition as well as First Prize and Audience Prize in the Giargiari Competition and First Prize in the Licia Albanese Foundation Competition.
Jim Cotter speaks with Alan Gilbert, the Music Director-Designate of the New York Philharmonic.
Susan Lewis looks at the music and life of Beethoven, and in particular at Mahler's transcription of his Opus 95. Alan Gilbert will conduct The Curtis Institute of Music in performances of this work next week.
And we'll hear from composer David DiChiera. The Opera Company of Philadelphia presents the east coast premiere of his new work Cyrano this weekend.
Jill Pasternak welcomes the vocal duo "Les Tourterelles" (The Turtledoves). Coco Soleil and Christina (Kiki) Gallagher met in 2002 at the French International School of Philadelphia and instantly were drawn to each other both musically and culturally. Together they create programs from the music of the Renaissance to the cabaret, as well as some of their own original material.
Jason Peifer takes us to the InterAct Theatre Company as it stages Black Gold - a world premiere that takes a satirical look at America's dependence on foreign oil.
Susan Lewis looks at Opera North's upcoming concert version of Vanqui, an opera by award winning composer Leslie Burrs and writer John A. Williams. The multimedia presentation takes place on Saturday, February 9th, at the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theater, in West Philadelphia.