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6:01 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Beating The Drum For Solo Percussionists

Percussionist Colin Currie

One of the most recent instrumentalists to be added to the roster of soloists in orchestral performances is the percussionist. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, it’s a role that makes unique demands.

In a program that also features works by Wagner and Tchaikovsky, Colin Currie performs Christopher Rouses' Der gerettete Alberich with The Philadelphia Orchestra here on WRTI on Sunday, April 21 at 2 pm.

Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Lyric Fest: Singing In Tongues

Lyric Fest’s co-founders Suzanne DuPlantis, Randi Marrazzo, and Laura Ward

Though better known today as a commercial brand, the Rosetta Stone is the artifact that most helped human kind in its understanding of ancient languages. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, a local music group is using the term to describe its exploration of great music written in non-native languages. Lyric Fest presents: The Rosetta Stone at the Academy of Vocal Arts on Sunday, May 5th at 3 pm.

Jim’s Cotter's full interview with Lyric Fest’s co-founders Suzanne DuPlantis, Randi Marrazzo and Laura Ward.

Creatively Speaking
12:13 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Stephen Fry: 21st-Century British Renaissance Man

Actor, director, producer, novelist, journalist, comedian, broadcaster, technology maven - Stephen Fry has been an international success wearing all of these hats, and more! He's also penned the book for a hugely successful musical, and co-written an authoritative book on the history of classical music. He's the quintessential modern polymath. 

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Creatively Speaking
1:54 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Discovering Philadelphia's Neighborhoods

clockwise from top left: Baltimore Ave by J. Fusco, Penn Park by G. Widman, Christian Street by R. Kennedy, and Penn Treaty Park by M. Kennedy

A new Philadelphia tourism initiative is encouraging visitors and residents alike to explore restaurants, galleries, culture, and nightlife in neighborhoods just beyond Center City. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the campaign by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, or GPTMC, paints portraits of nearby neighborhoods that are attracting visitors.

A new section of GPTMC's website is devoted to 14 neighborhoods, with maps, videos, and social media integration. Check it out here!

GPTMC Executive Director Meryl Levitz talks with Susan Lewis about discovering arts, culture, and more in neighborhoods beyond Center City.

Creatively Speaking
6:09 am
Mon April 8, 2013

To Philadelphia, From Amsterdam, Via Dallas

Maestro Jaap van Zweden

A Dutch-born conductor, who walked away from a pre-eminent position in his homeland to find success abroad, conducts in Philadelphia this week. WRTI’s Jim Cotter says the former instrumentalist made the move against the advice of his compatriots but with the encouragement of a classical-music legend. Information about the concert here.

Jaap Van Sweden; The Man and the Music (Part 1)

Jaap Van Sweden; The Man and the Music (Part 2)

Creatively Speaking
6:05 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Grammy-Winning Eighth Blackbird Helms Schoenberg At Curtis

eighth blackbird

Once ignored by conservatories and reviled by audiences, Schoenberg’s half-spoken, half-sung Pierrot Lunaire is being intensively rehearsed for performances by Curtis Institute of Music musicians on Monday and Tuesday of next week (April 15th and 16th).

As The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, the instigators are visiting professors who don’t look much different from the students: the modern music ensemble eighth blackbird, who are in the first year of a three-year residency that should extend the Curtis tradition to the cutting edge.

Listen to an extended version of David Patrick Stearns' report on eighth blackbird's residency at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Where Music Lives
6:02 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Where Music Lives: At Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church In Washington Township, NJ

Martha Frampton is president of Music at Bunker Hill, founded in 2008.

A concert series in southern New Jersey’s Washington Township attracts top-notch performers from the region, across the river, New York, and all around.  The Music at Bunker Hill concerts take place in a church built on a high point in Gloucester County. Starting with three concerts, the program has steadily grown.  Now in its fifth season, the Sunday series stands out as a breath of fresh air.  

The sanctuary of Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church is the venue for Music at Bunker Hill, and it's Where Music Lives. Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim will perform there on April 28th at 3 pm.

Music at Bunker Hill Artistic Director William Frampton on the trials and tribulations of getting all the performers together for the concert featuring Choong-Jin Chang and Friends.

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Creatively speaking
6:02 am
Mon April 8, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra Gets Romantic

WRTI’s concert broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra on Sunday, April 14th features the music of two Romantic Viennese masters.  WRTI’s Susan Lewis talks with concertmaster David Kim about how the symphonies of Franz Schubert and Anton Bruckner bring out the famous Philadelphia sound, and about the interpretation of guest conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi.  

Listen to this Sunday’s WRTI concert broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra, which will include an interview at Intermission with concertmaster David Kim. 

Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Renowned Swedish-Born Artist Honored

Sculptor Claes Oldenburg

In 1638, decades before William Penn and his fellow Quakers arrived in Pennsylvania, a small group of Swedish settlers founded the “New Sweden Colony” along the banks of the Delaware River.

Today, traces of Philadelphia’s Swedish heritage are easy to find. For instance, take the city’s flag, which, with its three vertical stripes of blue, gold and blue, strongly resembles Sweden’s national flag. 

Swedish and Swedish-American cultural, heritage and traditions are preserved and promoted by the American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia. And as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the museum is honoring a well-known living Swedish-American artist with strong ties to Philadelphia.

Listen to Jim Cotter's archive interview with artist Claes Oldenburg.

Creatively Speaking
10:02 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Mozart and Beethoven, Dohnanyi and Philadelphia

Maestro Christoph von Dohnanyi

WRTI will broadcast a Philadelphia Orchestra performance of Mozart and Beethoven this Sunday, highlighting some musical connections between these two masters.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, on the podium will be Christoph von Dohnanyi who has a longtime connection with the Philadelphians.  

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