WRTI Spotlight
1:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2008

WRTI to Broadcast AVA Giargiari Bel Canto Operatic Competition on October 5

Vote In Our Online Poll for The AVA Competition's Star Singer

Let your voice be heard! Choose your favorite operatic singer from the Academy of Vocal Arts' popular Giargiari Bel Canto operatic competition when it airs on WRTI on Sunday, October 5, from 3 to 5 pm.

The actual competition will take place at the Kimmel Center on Oct. 2. The event is sold out, but you can still hear it and participate in selecting the WRTI listener favorite on Oct. 5.

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CD Selections
10:43 am
Thu September 25, 2008

Our ''BP with the GM'' Receives Three Prestigious Awards in September

The Philadelphia jazz community has showered WRTI's Bob Perkins with a bevy of honors.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the preservation of jazz, Bob was an honoree at the 18th annual Tony Williams Scholarship Jazz Festival. He was presented with the Paul Robeson Freedom Fighter Award by the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance at the Jazz at the Lansdowne Concert. And the City of Philadelphia awarded him with an official Citation signed by Mayor Michael Nutter for over 40 years of service as jazz radio host, jazz historian, and jazz advocate.

Jazz Stories
12:41 pm
Mon September 22, 2008

Albert Rivera: tenor saxophonist and composer

Albert Rivera's new album, Re-Introduction

A Bronx, NY native, Albert Rivera made his Carnegie Hall debut with his music student classmates at the age of 12 and hasn't looked back.? Tune in for a conversation with Rivera and hear about his new album Re-Introduction. Rivera will perform with his quartet at Chris's Jazz Cafe in Center City, Philadelphia on Saturday, September 27.

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Jazz Stories
10:57 am
Fri September 19, 2008

John Ellis: saxophonist, composer, and band leader

John Ellis

This week, Jeff speaks with one of the most exciting musicians on the current jazz scene.

September 19, 2008 at 6:45pm – Raised in rural tobacco country in North Carolina, Ellis grew up with a love of baseball, dewberry cobbler, turkey, and stuffing, and was more familiar with the sounds of hunting rifles and the dangers of snapping turtles than he was with the sounds of jazz.?

Ellis spent one year at the University of New Orleans under the direction of legendary jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis; soon after that, he joined Mr. Marsalis's band.?

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2:25 pm
Thu September 18, 2008

Walnut Street Theatre History and Opening of State Fair

Walnut Street Theatre, by Bernard Harvard and Mark D. Sylvester

This week Jill takes a look at one of Philadelphia's historic treasures: The Walnut Street Theatre. Their new season opens with State Fair, which includes songs from various Rodgers and Hammerstein productions that were deleted during out-of-town tryouts before the shows' original Broadway openings.

Guests include key staff of the Walnut Street Theatre including Tom Miller, Communications Director; Bruce Lumpkin, Director; and Doug Watts, Music Director. Tune in to hear them share stories about the history of the theatre, and discuss State Fair.

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Creatively Speaking
9:54 am
Thu September 18, 2008

Frank Stella--Fulfilling a Prophecy at Penn Museum--Candide--Quilt Exhibition at PMA

Frank Stella, 1964

Jim Cotter speaks with Frank Stella, the prolific painter, printmaker, sculptor, and muralist.

Susan Lewis takes us to a new Penn Museum exhibition - Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania.

In the second of a two-part series, David Patrick Stearns looks at the history of Leonard Bernstein's Candide and a production now at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia.

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WRTI Spotlight
11:04 am
Sun September 14, 2008

Members' Comments From The Fall Member Drive

"WRTI is such a fantastic station...proud to be a part of it."

"In spite of all the chaos that besieges us daily, WRTI remains a constant beacon of sanity and beauty in my life."

"There is so much amazing music out there, and you are the only local station playing it; I almost never turn my dial anymore."

"I'm a college student studying in Chile. WRTI let's me take a little bit of Philadelphia right along with me."

"Your hosts are all a joy to listen to."

Creatively Speaking
2:12 pm
Sat September 13, 2008

Vanished Gardens--Bernstein's Candide revamped--America's Oldest Theatre

Jim Cotter speaks with writer Sharon White. The Temple University professor's latest book Vanished Gardens: Finding Nature in Philadelphia, is published this month.

In the first of a two-part report, David Patrick Stearns examines the history of Leonard Bernstein's Candide. A production opens this week at the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

Jason Peifer explores the rich history of Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, which is now in its 200th season.

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12:22 pm
Sat September 13, 2008

Violinist Joshua Bell Plays Vivaldi

Jill Pasternak speaks with the Grammy Award-winning violinist about his new recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

In Joshua Bell's concerts and recordings, his bold, charismatic artistry has brought a fresh voice to the most venerable masterpieces while also uncovering lesser-known gems and new works.

"Mr. Bell doesn't stand in anyone's shadow." - The New York Times

CD Selections
12:00 pm
Fri September 12, 2008

Congratulations to our Two iPod Wednesday Winners!

Alexandra Kozak
Jenkintown, PA

A college freshman, Alexandra is also a violinist, dancer, and lover of classical music.

Victoria Vorortyntseva
Green Lane, PA

Victoria has been listening to WRTI for three years and is happy to support the station.