WRTI Spotlight
2:38 pm
Mon July 14, 2008

Remembering Herbert von Karajan on Two Sundays in July

Herbert von Karajan

Join us for a two-part biographical portrait of the legendary Maestro on Sunday, July 20 and 27, from 3 to 5 pm.

Broadcast in recognition of the centenary of Karajan's birth, the program features recorded memories from international singers, instrumentalists, and orchestra players who performed with Karajan, and others in the music industry who knew and worked with him.

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Creatively Speaking
3:22 pm
Wed July 9, 2008

Steve Lopez on Nathaniel Ayers--Laurel Hill Cemetery--Fashioning Kimono--The Ephrata Cloister

Woman?s Kimono, Japan, 1912?26 (Taish? period), Machine-spun silk plain weave with stencil-printed warp threads (meisen), The Montgomery Collection, Lugano, Switzerland

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interview with writer Steve Lopez. His story of destitute musician Nathaniel Ayers is now being made into a major Hollywood movie.

Tom Keels explores how Laurel Hill Cemetery, a Victorian-era burial ground, is helping local area residents to grieve for those lost to war and urban violence.

Susan Lewis looks at modern art in the Japanese kimono, in an exhibition now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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WRTI Spotlight
11:51 am
Mon July 7, 2008

Riverwalk Jazz in July

Every Sunday from 6 to 7 pm WRTI brings you Riverwalk Jazz, featuring the Jim Cullum Jazz Band. The program celebrates the lives and music of America's top jazz musicians, past and present, with live performances and fascinating stories about the history of jazz.

Coming up this month:

July 13: Sweet Thunder: Piano Virtuoso Shelly Berg & The Jim Cullum Jazz Band

July 20: Riverboats, Roustabouts and Jazz: Life on The Mississippi

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4:19 pm
Sat July 5, 2008

July 4th Pops Celebration!

Jill interviews conductors Keith Lockhart and Erich Kunzel.

Creatively Speaking
3:03 pm
Sat July 5, 2008

Colonial Philadelphia Furniture--Independence Hall--Composer Charles Strouse, creator of Annie

Jim Cotter takes a walk through the new exhibition The Fix on Colonial Philadelphia Furniture: A Secret Guide to Cabinetmakers' Prices at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

We listen back to a feature on Independence Hall by Susan Lewis.

Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Stearns profiles composer Charles Strouse, creator of the musical Annie.

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CD Selections
1:09 pm
Tue July 1, 2008

BP, Harrison Ridley, Jr., and WRTI Win BEMA Jazz Awards

WRTI jazz hosts Bob Perkins and Harrison Ridley, Jr., were honored by the Black Entertainment and Music Association (BEMA) for their contributions to the art of jazz on June 28 at the Philadelphia Clef Club. BEMA also designated WRTI a 2008 Media Honoree.

The ceremony included the awarding of citations, announcements of Perkins' and Ridley's honorary lifetime memberships to BEMA, and the screening of a video highlighting the accomplishments of each honoree. Both jazz hosts were also added to BEMA's Hall of Fame and archival library.

WRTI Spotlight
1:32 pm
Sun June 29, 2008

Join us for Musical Fireworks to Celebrate America's Independence

All-American Composers During Classical Music Hours
Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6
Patriotic music, works by composers including Hershy Kay, Morton Gould, and Peter Boyer
Leroy Anderson Tribute?
Sunday, July 6?
3 to 5 pm

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Creatively Speaking
2:09 pm
Sat June 28, 2008

The State of Local Arts--Art of Nandalal Bose--Kutztown Folk Festival--Composer Harry Donald Hewitt

Annapurna, 1943, Nandalal Bose, Indian, Wash and tempera on paper, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 4794

Jim Cotter hosts a round-table discussion recorded at the Kimmel Center. The panelists are Kimmel Center President and CEO Ann Ewers, Philadelphia Theater Company Producing Artistic Director Sara Garonzik, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe Producing Director Nick Stuccio, and Pennsylvania Ballet Executive Director Michael Scolamiero.

Susan Lewis reports on a new Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition of the work of Nandalal Bose, a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. The artist is widely considered as India's father of modern art.

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10:59 am
Thu June 26, 2008

Jean-Michel Pilc: jazz pianist and composer

Jean-Michel Pilc

On this week's Crossover, hear the stunning artistry of French pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc. Hailed by critics as a musical genius, Pilc is largely self taught. A composer of depth who reveres the classics, in many cases he uses them as a point of departure. He has recorded over a dozen albums, and this week he'll discuss his latest: New Dreams.

"Jean-Michel Pilc is a dazzlingly inventive pianist"
--The New York Times

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Classical Stories
12:30 pm
Mon June 23, 2008

Dave Conant Profile in <i>The Philadelphia Inquirer</i>

Are you curious to know what five works are essential to a classical music collection, according to Dave Conant? Wondering who Dave's heroes from history are? Or what books are sitting on his nightstand?

If you're losing sleep pondering these questions and more, don't fret. They're all answered in a recent profile of WRTI's executive director and classical host that was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer in May.

Read the profile about Dave.

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