News and Views
3:39 pm
Tue February 26, 2008

A Visit to the Mama na Dada Center in Kunya, Kenya

Windsor Johnston volunteering at the Mama na Dada Center

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.

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Creatively Speaking
1:49 pm
Sat February 23, 2008

Christopher O'Riley--Rosenbach Museum and Library--the role of stage managers

Christopher O'Riley

Jim Cotter speaks with Christopher O'Riley. The broadcaster and pianist is in recital at the Kimmel Center on Feb 29th.

Susan Lewis explores the Rosenbach Museum and Library.

Jason Peifer has a behind the scenes look at the role of the stage manager. We'll hear from stage managers of the Arden Theatre, the Wilma Theater, and the Walnut Street Theater.

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News and Views
3:40 pm
Mon February 18, 2008

Volunteering at the Freda Medical Center in Kitale, Kenya

Windsor Johnston at the Sister Freda Medical Center

Volunteering at the Freda Medical Center in Kitale, Kenya

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Creatively Speaking
11:10 am
Sat February 16, 2008

Charles Dutoit--Chinese New Year in Philly--Chestnut Brass Company--Frida Kahlo

Charles Dutoit

Charles Dutoit tells Jim Cotter about the music he's programmed for his first season as chief conductor and artistic adviser of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jason Peifer explores celebrations of the Chinese New Year in Philadelphia's Chinatown.

As the Grammy winning quintet The Chestnut Brass Company celebrates its 30th anniversary, we speak with founding member Jay Krush.

Susan Lewis explores the life, labor and loves of Frida Kahlo. Kahlo-related exhibitions open in Delaware and Philadelphia this month.

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WRTI Spotlight
4:51 pm
Tue February 12, 2008

The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Honor WRTI

Temple University students at work in the WRTI studios, October 14, 1955. Photo courtesy of Temple Urban Archives.

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.

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News and Views
3:37 pm
Tue February 12, 2008

WRTI's Windsor Johnston Visits The Common Ground Village of Kitale, Kenya

Windsor Johnston and Shana Greene Machinga

The Common Ground Village of Kitale

Philadelphia, PA –

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.

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Crossover
2:15 pm
Sat February 9, 2008

Tenor Stephen Costello

Tenor Stephen Costello

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.

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Creatively Speaking
9:05 am
Sat February 9, 2008

Alan Gilbert--Beethoven's Opus 95--Opera Company of Philadelphia

Conductor Alan Gilbert

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.

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Crossover
11:24 am
Sat February 2, 2008

Les Tourterelles (The Turtledoves)

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.

Creatively Speaking
12:11 pm
Wed January 30, 2008

InterAct Theatre Company -- Opera North

Poster for InterAct Theatre Company's production of Black Gold

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.

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