Jazz vocalist, author, and playwright Suzanne Cloud spent about eight months researching Dizzy Gillespie’s life, and writingLast Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story. The production debuted in 2013 at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.
WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, April 6 at 1 pm features several works of a celebrated Russian composer, conductor and pianist who had a close relationship with the ensemble. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the concert will be led by someone with connections of his own to the music and the man.
Jazz great Billie Holiday, who died at age 44 in 1959, would have turned 99 on April 7, 2014. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, in her short career, this Philadelphia-born singer made a huge impact on jazz and American song.
Soprano Anita Hartig made her Metropolitan Opera debut this week as Mimì in Puccini's classic work, La Boheme. If singing one of opera's most iconic roles at America's foremost opera house is not pressure enough, the Romanian soprano will also be performing for millions in movie theaters around the world in theMet Live in HD series, and on the radio via the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Matinee B
Figaro, the wily barber of Seville, is portrayed in two great operas - the popular Rossini work that bears his name, and Mozart’s account of his marriage. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns takes us to Princeton's McCarter Theatre and rehearsals for two of the plays by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais that originated the Figaro character.
Philadelphia-area native Aaron Jay Kernis is among the most successful and prolific living American composers. The 54-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner has written music in almost every form except opera and ballet. WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports on a master of melody who this week receives a prestigious local award.
This week marks the birth of the celebrated 20th-century Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, one of his recordings with Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra motivated one of today’s leading concert soloists, Johannes Moser, to pursue his career.
J.S. Bach’s 329th birthday is Monday, March 31st. In recent years, the iconic composer’s music has been embraced by period performers, and played less frequently by big symphony orchestras. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, The Philadelphia Orchestra takes a very modern - yet historical - approach to his music in WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, March 30th at 1 pm.
The broadcast also features Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and music of Strauss and Mahler.
Three former Curtis students have been winning over audiences with their chemistry, virtuosity, and ability to think outside the classical music box for over a decade. Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall play violin; Ranaan Meyer plays double bass. Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon composed Concerto 4-3 with "Time for Three" (tf3) in mind. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston spoke with Meyer last November when the trio was in Utah to perform at a benefit for the Utah Symphony.
On this week's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, we'll hear one of the music world's most beloved and respected classical musicians perform in two separate works. WRTI's Jim Cotter reports on a pianist who is equally at home in the music of today and of centuries past.