Jill interviews Patrick Bismuth, founder and director of the French ensemble La Tempesta. Bismuth will perform with his chamber group at the Curtis Institute of Music on Saturday, October 11 at 7 pm.
A teacher of baroque violin at the music conservatories of Paris and Versailles, Bismuth has played with major ensembles all over the world, and with renowned baroque ensembles including La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, Les Arts Florissants, and Il Seminario.
Ahead of a historic performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Macy's Center City Philadelphia, Jim Cotter speaks with Peter Richard Conte, the Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ, and co-host of WRTI's Wanamaker Organ Hour.
David Patrick Stearns looks back on the history of the Wanamaker Organ and explores the workings of the world's largest functioning musical instrument.
Philadelphia, PA – The next artistic leader of the National Symphony Orchestra will be Christoph Eschenbach. He recently completed his tenure at The Philadelphia Orchestra after just five seasons. Eschenbach's new position begins in 2010/2011. He has also been named music director of the Kennedy Center, a newly created post. Speaking to WRTI earlier this year, Eschenbach hinted that he was considering the job but planned to make a decision after the presidential election. There's no word yet on his change of mind.
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.
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.
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.
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.?
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.