This week, percussion students from the U.S. and countries as far away as Argentina and Asia are gathering at Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance for a seminar led by a former Philadelphia Orchestra percussionist. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, Alan Abel continues year round to share his talents as a musician and craftsman.
Among Mozart’s hundreds of compositions are 27 piano concertos. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the young pianist Jan Lisiecki, who is making his mark today, is drawn to their musical purity, emotional complexity, and sense of fun.
After six films made over 30 years, the mythical Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa has graduated to Broadway, with Rocky, the Musical, which last week won a Tony Award. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns says the old underdog is perfectly recognizable on the Winter Garden Theatre stage. But much else has changed.
Miniatures are big on Now Is the Time, Saturday, June 14th at 9 pm at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. The Pastiche of John Biggs is a riot of tunes you already know, skillfully arranged, while Miniatures are original offerings from Louis Anthony deLise's brand-new CD for flute and piano. A concertino is a small concerto, but Harold Schiffman's, for oboe, is the biggest work on the program and a lyrical treat.
Born in 1987, and now in his 20s, he's been called, "...the finest pianist of his generation," by the UK Telegraph, who also commented that, ..."[he] shows that he's set to be one of this century's big names." He's Igor Levit. And his latest CD of the last five piano sonatas of Ludwig von Beethoven has been creating quite a stir.
This week's Center Stage from Wolf Trap features Beethoven's second string quartet followed by two works which bring a real Brazilian flavor to the broadcast - just in time for the World Cup! Bill McGlaughlin and Rich Kleinfeldt are your hosts on Sunday, June 15th at 4 PM.
Ludwig van Beethoven: - String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2
This month's Applause! features two superb performances by The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. The first performance is of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto, recorded in concert last month in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Internationally acclaimed Japanese-born violinist Saeka Matsuyama is the soloist. The second is Mozart’s seldom heard Symphony No. 17 with guest conductor Matthias Bamert. Dave Conant is your host this Sunday, June 15th at 5 PM.
Conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos died June 10th at his home in Pamplona, Spain. He was 80 years old.
Just last week he announced that he would retire from all conducting activities due to his battle with cancer. Recent positions include chief conductor and artistic director of the Dresden Philharmonic from 2004 to 2011 and chief conductor of the Danish National Orchestra for the last two seasons.
Christoph von Dohnányi returns to the podium to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in a program of German masterpieces performed this past April at Verizon Hall, culminating in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, one of the most perfectly crafted works ever written!
Also on the program, Brahms’s Haydn Variations; which almost certainly gave Brahms the confidence to complete his long-awaited First Symphony. In it, Brahms transforms a simple, lilting melody into a tour-de-force for orchestra.