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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Creatively Speaking
9:40 am
Thu July 31, 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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WRTI Spotlight
9:04 am
Mon July 28, 2008

WRTI Presents Operas Suppressed by the Third Reich on August 9

Although Viktor Ullmann died in Auschwitz, his opera lives on.

The Los Angeles Opera's Music Director James Conlon is reviving operas banned by the Nazi regime via Recovered Voices: A Lost Generation's Long-Forgotten Masterpieces.

Tune to WRTI on Saturday, August 9 from 1:30 to 5 pm to hear two one-act operas: The Broken Jug, by Viktor Ullmann (at right), and The Dwarf, by Alexander Zemlinksy.

"We must now mitigate a great injustice by working to revive the music of those whose only 'fault' was that they were Jewish, or that they were opposed to or deemed offensive by an authoritarian regime."

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Crossover
2:20 pm
Sat July 26, 2008

David Russell, classical guitarist

David Russell, classical guitarist

Jill Pasternak welcomes classical guitarist David Russell. Born in Glasgow, Scotland but raised in Spain, Russell has earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike, including being named a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997 and winning a Grammy award in 2005 for his CD Aire Latino.

More about David Russell

Originally aired March 29, 2008

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Creatively Speaking
12:11 pm
Sat July 26, 2008

Kile Smith's Vespers--Churchville's Pow Wow--Arts Educ. in Philly Schools--Shakespeare in Clark Park

David Patrick Stearns listens in on a recording by Piffaro, the wind band, and the vocal group The Crossing, of Kile Smith's Vespers.

Susan Lewis explores a re-created 16th-century Lenape village at Buck's County's Churchville Nature Center, which is hosting its annual Pow Wow this weekend.

We listen back to a roundtable discussion on the changing face of arts education in Philadelphia's public schools.

Jason Peifer has a preview of Shakespeare in Clark Park. This year the West Philadelphia park features the Bard's romantic comedy As You Like It.

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CD Selections
4:20 pm
Wed July 23, 2008

Jill Pasternak and Crossover: A Zigzag to Success

Jill Pasternak

Jersey girl. Juilliard grad. Fulbright scholar. Professional harpist. Magazine editor. Radio host and producer. Jill Pasternak's path is unique.

In the June issue of Philadelphia Music Makers magazine, our own drivetime diva discusses the circuitous route that led her to the WRTI studios, and the birth and evolution of her award-winning program Crossover.

Read the insightful and surprising article.

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