In the midst of preparing for some shows at the Clef Club, world-famous yet homegrown bassist Christian McBride graciously stopped by the WRTI studios on October 2nd to chat with WRTI jazz host Bob Craig. And boy, are we glad he did!
In case you missed it, here are some clips from the wonderful conversation Bob had with Christian McBride. Check them out!
Gabriel Fauré began composing his Requiem in D minor at an unusual time - in his 30s, and nowhere near the end of his life. This setting of the Mass for the Dead for orchestra, chorus, and two soloists is famous for its central soprano aria Pie Jesu - also known as the "lullaby" requiem.
As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the soprano Susanna Phillips says doing justice to this piece is a little like being in love. You'll hear Faure's Requiem, performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI, Sunday October 12 at 1 pm.
The Heiligenstadt Testament, a letter and directive written by Beethoven to his brothers in October, 1802, is an important missive, opened after the composer's death in 1827. It depicts his pain and struggle: the diminishing hope that his hearing will improve, a feeling of growing isolation, and his commitment to his art, that utlimately saves his life. By the time he wrote The Heiligenstadt Testament, the already-acclaimed composer had spent six years, starting at age 26 or 27, searching in vain for a “cure.”
Chamber music, played by small ensembles, one player to a part, and without a conductor, is an intimate and engaging art form. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it can also provide insight into history and human emotions.
For flutist and music historian Mimi Stillman, chamber music is a way to explore important issues "that illuminate how people thought at a given time."
The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (PCMS) has been feeding the growing musical appetites of music lovers for decades with increasing numbers of concerts. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, PCMS grew out of the celebrated Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, where gifted classical musicians have been playing chamber music since 1951.
The Barber of Seville is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Opera-goers always kind of knew that. But in Opera Philadelphia's new production, the setting is being brought forward 200 years to modern Spain - where passion crosses the line into...who knows? The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports.
Award-winning architect Frank Gehry, known for designing buildings with striking exteriors, is now partnering with The Philadelphia Museum of Art on a mostly interior renovation and expansion of its classical structure. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, this renowned architect is inspired by classical as well as contemporary culture.
This Sunday on WRTI, the hosting musician for Philadelphia Music Makers is Fred Hersch. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the acclaimed pianist started life in the classical world, until his fascination with a jazz standard showed him a whole new world.
Ars Nova Workshop Executive Artistic Director Mark Christman speaks with WRTI's Susan Lewis about the mission of his organization.
Ars Nova means “New Art." And for over a dozen years,Ars Nova Workshop in Philadelphia has been presenting musicians performing jazz and experimental music in interesting venues. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, promoting new music is in keeping with Philadelphia’s rich musical history.
Coming up:Friday, October 17th at 8 pm, Ars Nova Workshop and FringeArts present: singer/fiddler/banjoist/guitarist Sam Amidon with jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, and bassist Shahzad Ismaily in celebration of Lily-O, the new album of re-imagined folk songs on Nonesuch Records. Tickets and information here.
Listen to more of Susan Lewis' interview with Ars Nova Workshop founder Mark Christman.