Musical Fireworks on July 4th Weekend
All-American Weekend During Classical Music Hours
Great Singers and Big Swingers Weekend During Jazz Hours
Highlights include: Crossover with Jill Pasternak on Saturday, July 4th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm featuring Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, and Cincinnati Pops Conductor Erich Kunzel -- Lorin Maazel's final concert with the New York Philharmonic as their Maestro on Sunday at 2 pm -- a special Riverwalk Jazz show on Sunday at 6 pm featuring a jazz interpretation of the music of The Wizard of Oz, film score by Harold Arlen -- Airmen of Note (the U.S. Air Force Band) with bassist Rufus Reid on Sunday at 7 pm
Patriotic Music and Works by American Composers
Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5
Tune in during classical music hours for selections dating back from the birth of our nation to the present. You'll hear works by George M. Cohan and Stephen Foster - whose birthdays are over the holiday weekend - and music by Philadelphia-born composer and arranger Hershy Kay from the ballet Stars and Stripes, featuring arrangements of works by John Philip Sousa. In addition, we'll bring you Ellis Island: The Dream of America by composer Peter Boyer. Written in 2002, it combines first-person narrations of immigrants who entered the U.S. through Ellis Island between 1910 and 1940.
A Great Singers and Big Swingers Weekend for Jazz Listeners
Friday, July 3 to Monday, July 6
Join us from Friday night of the holiday weekend through the following Monday morning to hear your favorite big bands and classic vocalists during regular jazz hours. How often do you hear Frank Sinatra singing in front of Tommy Dorsey, or Cab Calloway's band swingin' out of your radio? And have you heard the Resonance Big Band's new release? It is a tribute to the late, great Oscar Peterson; you'll hear it, and other new releases over the long holiday weekend. Celebrate American independence by being a keeper of the flame, and listening to music that will be honored forever.
Lorin Maazel - A Grand Finale!
Sunday, July 5
2 to 5 pm
Lorin Maazel has stood as one of the masters of our era for more than 50 years. For the last seven, he has stood as the leader of the New York Philharmonic, and has exemplified the artistry and passion that is the hallmark of this world-renowned orchestra. This is Maestro Maazel's final concert as music director of the famed orchestra that he has taken to new heights. You'll hear him lead the New York Philharmonic in Mahler's Symphony no. 8, Symphony of a Thousand, on July 5th.
Riverwalk Jazz Special
Silver Shoes & Green Spectacles:
A Jazz Interpretation of The Wizard of Oz
Sunday, July 5
6 to 7 pm
Tune in for an all-time favorite Riverwalk show- The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and actor Vernel Bagneris return to the Emerald City with a script from the original L. Frank Baum book, and music from Harold Arlen's legendary movie score.
Airmen of Note
The United States Air Force Band With Bassist Rufus Reid
Sunday, July 5
7 to 8 pm
On Sunday night during the holiday weekend, WRTI will pay a visit to the Airmen of Note. The United States Air Force Band will feature bassist Rufus Reid. This special, which is part of the Jazz Heritage Series, features live performances, as well as interviews with Reid and Senior Master Sgt. Joe Jackson of the United States Air Force.