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1:44 pm
Sun February 13, 2011

Black History Month on WRTI

African-American composers and performers are in the spotlight this month.

Tune in to hear works by composers including William Grant Still, William Levi Dawson, Scott Joplin, and George Walker - the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize in music in 1996. We'll also hear music composed by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; although he was British, he had a strong following in America.

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2:38 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

The Wider View: Love Rejoices on <i>Now is the Time</i>

On February 13th, from 10 to 11 pm, listen online at or on WRTI HD-2 to Kile Smith's Contemporary American Music show, Now is the Time. Works by David Snow, Wendy Mae Chambers, and H. Leslie Adams will warm you up for Valentine's Day.

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4:19 pm
Sun December 19, 2010

From the Top: A Local, Teenage Organist Makes it Big!

Sunday, January 2nd on From the Top

Organist Karen Christianson from Media, PA

2 to 3 pm

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4:32 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Today: Lots of Ludwig!

Ludwig van Beethoven towers as one of history's greatest composers. He triumphed over a total loss of hearing to write some of the most heroic, uplifting music the world has ever known. His repertoire includes nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, sixteen string quartets, and one opera.

Today is Beethoven's birthday! We're celebrating from 6 am to 6 pm with "Lots of Ludwig!" - including the glorious Symphony No. 9, and much more. It's 12 hours of must-listen radio! Join us.

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Classical Stories
11:00 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Mark Pinto Recommends...

Dave Brubeck: Sacred Choral Works - Songs of Praise

WRTI's New Releases host reviews a new classical CD from a jazz legend!

Jazz improvisation is a prominent feature of some of Dave Brubeck's early choral works, but it's his mastery of counterpoint that is on display in the fervent and complex pieces recorded on Songs of Praise. This disc of Brubeck's sacred choral works, some of which receive their world-premiere recordings, offers much to chew on, so to speak, and definitely much to appreciate. Read More...

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Classical Stories
11:54 am
Fri November 12, 2010

Polish Classical Composer Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki Dies At 76


Polish composer Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, famous for his "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs," including one about a woman who was held prisoner by the Gestapo, died on November 12, 2010, following a serious illness. He was 76.

Read the article by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Listen to Gorecki's "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"

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Classical Stories
2:04 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

A Day at The Opera on WRTI

An Opera Extravaganza!

Saturday, November 20

6 am to 6 pm

You're invited to a fabulous 12-hour day of opera featuring beloved arias, choruses, and ballet excerpts culminating in an unforgettable broadcast of Verdi's Rigoletto at 1 pm, with Dame Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti.

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1:45 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

100th Show: Now is the Time on WRTI HD-2

Host, Kile Smith

Now is the Time

Contemporary American Music with Host Kile Smith

WRTI HD-2 and the All-Classical Stream

Sunday, November 7

10 to 11 pm

The first broadcast of Kile Smith's popular Sunday night show was on June 1st, 2008. Since then, folks near and far have been tuning in - and listening online - to hear all types of contemporary American music. Sunday, November 7th marks a milestone for the show...program #100!

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12:03 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

<a href=>It's Time for the 2010 WRTI Technology Survey</a>

Take our Survey Today!

Are you a Facebook fanatic or an HD Radio addict? How often do you surf the Internet, text your "BFF" or check your email on your smartphone? What role does technology play in your life? We'd really like to know.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the WRTI 2010 Technology Survey. There are no wrong answers, so don't be shy! The survey covers everything from radio and Internet usage, including video and audio streaming, to social networking, newspaper reading, blogging, and television recording.

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1:17 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

Jill Pasternak Recommends...

Nino Rota/La Strada and Concertos for Harp and Trombone

Jennifer Swartz, harp

Alain Trudel, trombone

Orchestre Metropolitan du Grand Montreal

Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor

Here's a CD review from WRTI's Daytime Diva Jill Pasternak. In addition to being a beloved host for WRTI, Jill is also a professional harpist who trained at Julliard.

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