WRTI presents a special celebration of the pioneers of jazz, as well as those who are keeping the art form alive. Tune in for a unique experience!
On Mondays through Thursdays during the month of April, starting at 6 pm to 6 am, you'll hear fascinating vignettes on the lives of a variety of jazz artists, and then experience their music. In addition, each week there will be a different instrumental theme. And Sundays during BP's jazz show, from 11 am to 3 pm, you'll be serenaded by great jazz vocalists from the present and the past.
Frank McCourt came to attention in 1996 with the publication of Angela's Ashes, a memoir of his childhood in Ireland in the 1930s and '40s. The book won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography and was made into an Oscar-nominated movie.
The author of The Satanic Verses reveals how he's moved far beyond the controversy ignited by the book's publication. Rushdie, who now spends one month a year teaching at Emory University, shares his insights on literature and the young, and the current status of fiction writing.
The Booker Prize winner entertained a packed audience at the Kimmel Center when he spoke as part of the 2007-2008 Philadelphia Speakers Series presented by Widener University, and sponsored by WRTI.
Bucks County artist Susan Opie walks us through her works of bugs and critters, now on view in the outdoor sculpture garden at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. The museum's ongoing Outdoor Sculpture Program features the works of contemporary American sculptors.
Jason Peifer examines the life and theatrical works of the late Wendy Wasserstein. Her final play, Third, is being produced by the Philadelphia Theater Company. Third will be performed at PTC's new home, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
This week Jill Pasternak speaks with Dr. Barry Rose, O.B.E. Dr. Rose is a distinguished and renowned choral conductor and organist considered by many to be the finest in Britain, and generally regarded as one of the world's leading teachers and trainers in choral music.
"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music."
-- Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Join us on Tuesday, April 1 as we honor the legendary Russian composer, pianist, and conductor Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff. WRTI will feature selected works from his repertoire between 6 am to 6 pm on his 135th birthday.
Jill interviews virtuoso flutist Robert Stallman who has just issued a new album of his transcriptions of the four-hand Piano Sonatas of Mozart as Quintets for flute, viola and string quartet. An amazing realization puts these works in a new light and underscores the possible ideas that Mozart had when writing these works for four hands. The transformation of these works is enlightening and delightful, and Mr. Stallman's enthusiasm and love of the music comes through in the transcriptions and the superb performances. Mozart would agree, we think.