One of the better ideas of The Philadelphia Orchestraâ€™s tour of China and Japan turned out to be one of the toughest concerts of all: a SaturdayÂ morning pop-up performance by a quartet of French horn players at the ancient ruins of St Paul's Cathedral in Macau. The Philadelphia Inquirerâ€™s David Patrick Stearns withstood the tropical heat right along with them.
Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who had been in and out of favor with Soviet authorities for decades, wrote his 10th symphony in 1953 - the year Stalin died. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, the work is both political and personal, with parts written in musical code.
On Sunday, June 8, 2014, on WRTI, Stephane Deneve leads The Philadelphia OrchestraÂ in a performance of Shostakovich's 10th Symphony and Beethoven's Violin Concerto.
On its 2014 Residency of China & Tour of Asia, The Philadelphia Orchestra is going deeper into China than ever before, and not just to more remote cities. On the first week of the trip, the Philadelphia Inquirerâ€™s David Patrick Stearns followed the players into the â€śbelly of the beastâ€ť- the Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army Band in Beijing, where orchestra members gave the master classes.
A musicianâ€™s understanding of his artistry often deepens over time. WRTIâ€™s Meridee Duddleston gets a perspective from a jazz man whoâ€™s performed for over a half century. Guitarist and vocalist Jimi Odell has been called one of Philadelphiaâ€™s best-kept secrets. And even though he wasnâ€™t born here, local jazz buffs proudly claim him as their own. Now in his '80s, Odell bought himself a guitar and an instruction book when he was 19. Looking back he says itâ€™s not an easy instrument to master.
Whenever Charlie Parker played a solo, you knew you'd feel good by the end. Opera Philadelphia is jumping off an even higher dive - an opera about the celebrated saxophonist, titledÂ Charlie Parker's YardbirdÂ that the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports will bring many unexpected things to the Perelman Theater at its 2015 premiere.Â
Founded in Philadelphia in 1876, J.W. Pepper has a long history connected to its seminal role in the proliferation of music to bands, churches, choirs, orchestras, and school ensembles across the United States. Its publication of sheet music extends from the day of the town band, through the birth of jazz and rock, to the present.
The way we watch television has altered radically in the past 10 years. So, too, has the classical music world. Yet now, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, a musician's memoir written a decade ago is being adapted for television...but not for any traditional TV station.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has named a Principal Guest Conductor for a three-year term beginning this fall. WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis has more on the appointment of the internationally known conductor Stephane Deneve, who has been a frequent guest since making his debut with the Orchestra in 2007.
The 30thÂ Philadelphia International Childrenâ€™s Festival runs Wednesday, April 30 â€“ Sunday, May 4, 2014. Featuring family-friendly theater performances, as well as a host of fun and interactive activities in the FUN ZONE, the Outdoor Plaza gets kids involved with crafts, face painting, jugglers and more.
WRTI'sÂ Jim Cotter speaks withÂ Dawn Frisby Byers, director of marketing and communications for the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.