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9:56 am
Mon March 24, 2014

A Secret World: Song

Lyric Fest presents a fantastically varied program of American women poets in song on March 28 at Bryn Mawr College and March 30 at the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Lyric Fest, the concert series that's been giving high-concept song recitals for 10 years, is celebrating women poets on March 28th and 30th with concerts in Bryn Mawr and Center City titled "American Women Poets in Song" -  but with new music written by male composers. Maybe the female composers were too busy? The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns discovers that song recitals are a world with few rules.

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Creatively Speaking
1:04 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Joyce DiDonato's Life On The Operatic A-List

Joyce DiDonato

The superstar mezzo-soprano Joyce DiD0nato is one of the world’s most in-demand opera singers. Here she tells WRTI’s Jim Cotter about how her life and career have unfolded since those faraway days at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts. She'll give a rare recital in Princeton next week.

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Creatively Speaking
12:21 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Ouch! The Mortal Misstep Of The Sun King's Composer

Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), the influential French Baroque composer/conductor in the court of Louis XIV, had an unusual demise. Some conductors in the Baroque era conducted with rolled up scores.

Falling off the podium or into the orchestra pit weren’t the occupational hazards befalling French Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Lully - but his was no less risky. Temple University Professor Steven Zohn, an expert in Baroque music, recounts the conducting move that led to Lully’s death.

Zohn says Lully, who first came to the attention of King Louis XIV as a dancer, profited from his relationship with the monarch - and his power over the musical facets of the royal court became wider and wider. 

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Creatively Speaking
9:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Tan Dun: Building on Bela Bartok's Legacy

Chinese contemporary classical composer and conductor, Tan Dun

Hungarian pianist and composer Bela Bartok was born on March 25th in the year 1881. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he is revered by a prominent contemporary composer who is building on Bartok’s legacy.

Tan Dun's Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women was premiered in the U.S. by The Philadelphia Orchestra this season, and broadcast on WRTI in December, 2013.

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon March 17, 2014

The Genius of Coltrane: Player and Composer

John Coltrane (1926-1967)

Born in North Carolina in 1926, saxophone player and composer John Coltrane spent over a decade in Philadelphia and then moved to New York. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the impact of Coltrane, who expanded the boundaries of jazz with a wide range of styles. 

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

The Rocky Road To Broadway

ROCKY, THE MUSICAL is now on Broadway at NYC's Winter Garden Theatre.

After six films made over 30 years, the mythical Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa has graduated to Broadway, with Rocky, the Musical. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns says the old underdog is perfectly recognizable on the Winter Garden Theatre stage. But much else has changed.

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Creatively Speaking
6:18 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Pictures at an Exhibition: The Evolution of a Masterpiece

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

A work originally written for piano has become a staple of the orchestral repertoire. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the most well-known version combines the mastery of two composers from different generations - one Russian, and one French.

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1:55 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

American Playwright Edward Albee: Going Strong in his 80s

Edward Albee

Three-time Pulitzer-winning playwright Edward Albee once vowed to keep writing until he was "90 or gaga."  As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, this most celebrated of writers moves one year closer to 90 this week, without yet exhibiting too many signs of going gaga.

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Creatively Speaking
10:43 am
Mon March 10, 2014

A Famous Violin Concerto on a Period, Non-Period Instrument

Violinist Vadim Gluzman plays Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on March 16 at 1 pm.

On this Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, we'll hear a performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports the instrument on which it is being played would have sounded very familiar to the composer.

In 1878 Pyotr Tchaikovsky wrote a violin concerto for the Hungarian violinist Leopold Auer. It was to be performed on Auer's 1690 Stradivarius, which is today the main instrument of the Russian-born Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman.

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Creatively Speaking
7:46 am
Mon March 10, 2014

You LOVE The Philly POPS...Admit It!

Philly POPS Music Director Michael Krajewski

It was Peter Nero and the Philly POPS from the orchestra’s inception in 1979. But after taking over for Nero last July, Michael Krajewski is creating his own signature as music director.  In the midst of his first season, the in-demand conductor has high praise for the Philly POPs orchestra as he creates his own brand of the fun, entertainment, and surprise that is part of the POPS experience.  

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