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7:54 am
Mon October 28, 2013

On Delaware's Christina Waterfront: A Spectacle of Sight & Sound!

OperaDelaware's philosophy: "Opera for Everyone!"

Opera lives on the Christina Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware. There, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, audiences experience the power of operatic voices in an intimate setting - uniquely presented by OperaDelaware.

Listen to Susan’s interview with Opera Delaware General Director Brendan Cooke

OperaDelaware's next performance, Inside the Opera Studio: Opera Undressed, hosted by OperaDelaware Music Director Jeffrey Miller, guides audiences through an evening of hits, and out of the way gems, in an up-close and personal performance. November 8th at 7:30 pm, and November 10th at 2 pm.

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6:36 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Appalachian Spring Eternal: The Story Behind "Ballet for Martha"

Erick Hawkins in the first production of Appalachian Spring, 1944. In the background, left to right: the four Followers, Martha Graham, May O'Donnell
Library of Congress

In the midst of World War II, a collaboration between choreographer Martha Graham and composer Aaron Copland gave birth to an enduring American classic. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston hears Appalachian Spring in a new way.

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Creatively Speaking
2:57 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Halloween And The Human Need to Be Scared

As the days draw in and winter approaches, people throughout the world are preparing for festivals that end the harvest time, say goodbye to summer and prepare the spirits for the dark days ahead. WRTI’s Jim Cotter explores the links between early winter festivities and our love of being spooked.  

As part of celebrations of Halloween, WRTI will be playing a selection of bewitching music all day on October 31st.

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12:59 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Hummel's Trumpet Concerto: From Obscurity to a Staple of the Repertoire

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Trumpet David Bilger

While there are many concertos for string instruments, fewer works exist for woodwinds, brass or percussion. Yet, as Susan Lewis reports, a previously under-performed work for trumpet from the early 19th century became part of the standard repertoire in the second half of the 20th.

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7:47 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Newtown Square Physician Performs With Yo-Yo Ma

Dr. George Horner

Dunwoody Village Retirement Community in Newtown Square has a unique resident - a retired physician who performed in concert this week with the internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, this is but one achievement in a life that has been a series of struggles and successes.

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6:52 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Violinist Tim Fain: Uniting Music Of The Cutting Edge With The Distant Past

Violinist Tim Fain

For all his hip Brooklyn looks, and up to the minute repertoire, violinist Tim Fain is giving Philadelphia Chamber Music Society traditionalists surprisingly little to fear in his forthcoming Nov. 1st recital. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns discovered that this is one classical musician who doesn’t embrace the future by turning the page on the past.

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Creatively Speaking
10:19 am
Sun October 20, 2013

Duke Ellington: A New Biography of the Jazz Master

DUKE, A Life of Duke Ellington, by Terry Teachout, is receiving a lot of attention.

Duke Ellington played piano, but it was his intertwined roles as bandleader and composer that propelled him to greatness. He wrote over 1,700 songs, as well as longer orchestral suites and film scores.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a new book explores the man behind the music.

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Where Music Lives
9:47 am
Sun October 20, 2013

Music Lives And Evolves At The Philharmonic Of Southern New Jersey

Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey's Music Director Matthew Oberstein

In Voorhees, NJ, where a new music director forges a bond with an accomplished volunteer orchestra, classical music lives and grows. As the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey begins its new season, an evolutionary process is underway. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston reports.

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1:22 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Pennsylvania Ballet Is Glistening With Jewels

George Ballanchine's JEWELS is at the Academy of Music through October 27th.

Pennsylvania Ballet is celebrating its 50th anniversary year. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the season starts with a full-length evening ballet by master choreographer George Ballanchine, with whom the company has had a long-standing personal and artistic connection. Ballanchine's Jewels is inspired by the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels, and unfolds in three distinct sections – Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds – each with its own music and mood. The season also includes works by Jerome Robbins and William Forsythe, and two world premieres.

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7:31 am
Fri October 18, 2013

150 Celebrated News Photographs: The Pulitzer Winners On Display in Philadelphia

Slava Veder's BURST OF JOY, 1974 Pulitzer winner

The National Constitution Center's new exhibition includes many of the world's most celebrated journalistic photographs. WRTI's Jim Cotter reports.

The Pulitzer Prizes were originally established by a bequest from newspaper baron Joseph Pulitzer, a century ago, to recognize exceptional contributions to journalism and literature.  Prizes for music and photography were added in the early 1940s.

The Constitution Center's Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs is a moving exposition of prize-winning images from the past 70 years.

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