Bop Goes the Opera - In 2002, the brilliant saxophonist Joe Lovano took the jazz-meets-classical music concept outside of the box when he recorded jazz versions of tunes from the songbook of opera legend Enrico Caruso. While Viva Caruso was critically acclaimed and did well for Lovano and Blue Note Records, it represented, at the time, the beginning and end of jazz versions of operatic compositions and vice-versa. Until now.
A work originally written for piano has become a staple of the orchestral repertoire. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the most well-known version combines the mastery of two composers from different generations - one Russian, and one French.
Three-time Pulitzer-winning playwright Edward Albee once vowed to keep writing until he was "90 or gaga." As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, this most celebrated of writers moves one year closer to 90 this week, without yet exhibiting too many signs of going gaga.
On this Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, we'll hear a performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports the instrument on which it is being played would have sounded very familiar to the composer.
In 1878 Pyotr Tchaikovsky wrote a violin concerto for the Hungarian violinist Leopold Auer. It was to be performed on Auer's 1690 Stradivarius, which is today the main instrument of the Russian-born Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman.
It was Peter Nero and the Philly POPS from the orchestra’s inception in 1979. But after taking over for Nero last July, Michael Krajewski is creating his own signature as music director. In the midst of his first season, the in-demand conductor has high praise for the Philly POPs orchestra as he creates his own brand of the fun, entertainment, and surprise that is part of the POPS experience.
This week, we're back at our usual 1 pm start time! Tune in for the Met’s delightful Baroque fantasy THE ENCHANTED ISLAND. The opera returns after its critically acclaimed world-premiere run in 2011–12, bringing together the music of Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell, and other composers, set to a brilliant new English libretto inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Join WRTI's Bob Craig this Sunday night to hear music composed and arranged by Neil Hefti for a number of band - especially Count Basie and Woody Herman. You'll hear several of his songs such as "Girl Talk," "Lil' Darlin'" and "Cute."
That's on Big Band Jazz, Sunday, March 9, 7 to 8 pm. Don't miss it!
If you were around in the 1960s, you'll remember the distinctive sound of Herb Alpert's trumpet on songs such as "The Lonely Bull," "Spanish Flea," "Lollipops and Roses," and "Whipped Cream." You probably also remember that the latter three were prominently used as theme music in the TV show, The Dating Game.