Classical Stories

Classical Stories
11:02 am
Sat December 12, 2009

Lots of Ludwig! A Beethoven Celebration

Wednesday, December 16

6 am to 6 pm

Ludwig van Beethoven towers as one of history's greatest classical 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. On December 16th tune in to hear the best works and recordings of Beethoven, curated by your very own WRTI hosts. It's "Lots of Ludwig" for 12 hours! Please join us.

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10:51 am
Wed August 19, 2009

Red-Hot Gustavo Dudamel: A Documentary About Classical Music's New Rock Star

Gustavo Dudamel, age 28, begins his tenure as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the fall of 2009.

Called "the most talked-about young musician in the world" by The New York Times and "the most astonishingly gifted conductor I have ever come across" by Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel has burst onto the international music scene with a passion and fervor that is reinventing classical music. He launched his career in the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in his native Venezuela, and has been the ensemble's conductor for over a decade.

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Classical Stories
9:30 am
Sat May 9, 2009

The Recording of Kile Smith's <em>Vespers </em>CD--<em>Painted Metaphors </em>at Penn Museum--Photographer Andrea Baldeck

Kile Smith's Vespers has been called "ecstatically beautiful" by The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns

As composer Kile Smith's Vespers is released on CD, we listen back to David Patrick Stearns report on the recording of the work last summer by Piffaro, the Renaissance wind band, and the virtuoso vocal group The Crossing. A CD-release party is scheduled for Saturday night, May 9th, at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church after a Piffaro concert.

Jason Peifer visits Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. The exhibition features 1,300-year-old-pottery from the highlands of Guatemala.

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Classical Stories
4:19 pm
Sat April 4, 2009

Pianist Gabriela Imreh on WRTI's <em>Crossover</em>

Pianist Gabriela Imreh

This week's show is a premiere of sorts. Our guest Gabriela Imreh is an outstanding pianist, and she and her husband, conductor Daniel Spalding are detectives as well. Imreh shares the fascinating story of their precious discovery--Vittorio Giannini's Piano Concerto, a major work that she went on to record. The Concerto had almost been forgotten since its first performance in 1937; Imreh and her husband brought it back to life. Hear their story on this week's Crossover.

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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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Classical Stories
10:26 am
Sat October 27, 2007

Tonia Tecce: Soprano

Tonia Tecce

Jill Pasternak speaks with soprano Tonia Tecce, composer/arranger Byron Olsen, and conductor Ettore Stratta. The three recently collaborated on Tecce's latest album featuring classical and Broadway favorites, What a Wonderful World.

Tonia Tecce, soprano


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4:16 pm
Tue October 2, 2007

"Let's Take it From the Top"

Carolyn Jantsch donned a bee suit to play ?Flight of the Bumble Bee? by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in a show recorded at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.
Photo: From the Top

A different sort of reality show is dominating the ratings - the classical radio ratings, that is. It's a weekly show that travels from Honolulu to Tuscaloosa in which participants are routinely teased and their personalities probed.

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