Music Features

Crossover
8:54 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Pianist Peter Donohoe: Anything Goes!

Over his more than forty-year career, the acclaimed British pianist Peter Donohoe has become known as one of the foremost pianists of our time.  A Silver Medal winner of the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the list of places he's performed and musicians he's performed with is as long as his repertoire is wide.

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Now is the Time
11:54 am
Sat December 22, 2012

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel on Now is the Time

from Daron Hagen: Hosanna

It's expectation, light, and looking up on Now is the Time, Sunday, December 23rd at 10 pm. Welcher's Zion for band refers to what is now the national park in Utah—the haven for Mormons in the 19th century—and the old American hymn tune. Skyriding, from Brouwer's Light CD, is "a water ride in a celestial amusement park," and Zaimont's Chroma depicts the aurora borealis.

Daron Hagen and Carson Cooman's choral music fit the show for the turn from Advent into Christmas, ending with Hagen's original and exciting Hosanna.

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Crossover
3:26 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra: A Second Chance

DSO onstage

The DSO's Maestro David Amado speaks with Jill on Crossover 12.23.2012

The news came down in late May, 2012. The Delaware Symphony Orchestra was suspending preparations for its 2012-2013 season as of June 1st.  The declining economy made finding new sources of funding necessary, along with the search for and adoption of a "new business model" to help the organization withstand difficulties in future seasons. Although sources were quoted as saying the suspension had nothing to do with the ongoing contract negotiations between the DSO and the players, having that lingering in the background was just another black cloud hanging over the organization.

Then things started looking up.  

A short chamber series was announced in August for fall 2012.  There was also talk of a short concert series for early 2013.  Before long, the DSO and the players came to a short-term agreement, and the talk of a short concert series became more than than just talk. 

We'll speak with Delaware Symphony Orchestra Music Director David Amado about the current situation with the orchestra, what's planned for the three-concert series beginning in January, and the hope that this may be the only speed-bump on the road to performing classical music in the First State. Crossover, Saturday morning, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on WRTI-FM and the All-Classical Stream.

Now is the Time
12:13 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Luna, Nova Luna on Now is the Time

from Jeremy Beck: Slow Motion

It is sleeping and waking on Now is the Time, Sunday, December 16th at 10 pm. Jeremy Beck’s Slow Motion duo for piano and vibes is dreamy but not really slow, Kenji Bunch’s Lost & Found, for the viola/percussion Duo Jalal, shimmers with tight constructions, and Michael Djupstrom’s piece for Mimi Stillman and Charles Abramovic is a child’s folk song.

Christopher Campbell brings in bells and electronics for a ritual procession, but the processions for Mark Winges in Luna, Nova Luna are all voices. A youth choir joins with San Franciso’s Volti for this sumptuous look at the influence of the moon.

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Crossover
5:14 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Astral's Artists: The Sky's The Limit

Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano

Crossover with guests from Astral Artists (from December 15, 2012)

Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, Astral Artists is an organization that represents and promotes, throughout our region, the best and brightest emerging musicians.  Astral was founded by Vera Wilson, whose vision it was to discover the most promising classical musicians residing in the United States, assist their early professional career development, and present their world-class artistry to the community through concerts and outreach programs.  Wilson knew that nurturing and empowering the talent and ingenuity of these rising stars would ensure a rich musical legacy for generations to come.  Among those who've benefited from Astral's assistance: pianists Charles Abromovic, Simone Dinnerstein and Natalie Zhu; violinists Soovin Kim, Nicolas Kendall and Ayano Ninomiya; vocalists Meredith Arwady, Indra Thomas and Robin Frye; ensembles like Time for Three and the Chiara String Quartet, and other musicians too numerous to mention.

We'll speak with Astral founder Vera Wilson, and two current Astral roster-mates, Julliard graduate flutist Julietta Curenton and Manhattan School  of Music graduate pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine, both of whom have stellar credits to their names.  Curenton and Moutouzkine will also perform duet and solo in WRTI's Performance Studio during the program.

Flutist Julietta Curenton and pianist Alexandre Moutozkine performing "Get On Board," composed by Julietta's mother Evelyn Simpson Curenton, a leading African-American composer, pianist, organist, and vocalist. Recorded live at WRTI.

Encore!
2:36 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

The Crossing Choir's Holiday Concert: Dec. 23rd on ENCORE!

Join us on Sunday, December 23rd, 3 to 5 pm, to hear The Crossing Choir's  "@ Christmas" concert, recorded at St. Paul’s Church in Chestnut Hill on Friday, December 21st, 2012. 

The Dave Brubeck Legacy
8:14 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Bob Perkins on Dave Brubeck: The Interview

Bob Perkins recommends...Jazz Red Hot and Cool

Continuing our appreciation of Dave Brubeck, WRTI's own jazz legend Bob Perkins sits down with Kile Smith for a wide-ranging interview about the man, his music, and his legacy. "As Louis Armstrong would say, he was a cat..."

A Sad Day In Jazz
6:43 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

A Dave Brubeck Memorial By Bob Perkins

Dave Brubeck and Bob Perkins in 1983 - backstage at the Academy of Music where BP was the emcee for a jazz concert featuring Brubeck and his sons performing with the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Bob Perkins looks back on the life and career of Dave Brubeck.

WRTI mourns the loss of iconic jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who died on December 5th at age 91 - one day shy of his 92nd birthday. Watch this "Take Five" video from 1966 and remember a legend:

Now is the Time
2:44 pm
Sat December 8, 2012

The River Within, on Now is the Time

from Jay Reise: The River Within

It is the remembrance of things past—or which never were—on Now is the Time, Sunday, December 9th at 10 pm. Troy Peters recollects a taste of Vermont summer, and the string quartet Ethel riffs through a lost flight over the Sahara in Raz Mesinai's La Citadelle. Betty Wishart contemplates the romantic piano and Joel Harrison pays homage to jazz drummer Paul Motian.

Also with shades of jazz in its rhythmic polyphony, along with Eastern influences, is Jay Reise's The River Within, a brilliant concerto for violinist Maria Bachmann, with Orchestra 2001.

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Creatively Speaking
9:49 am
Sat December 8, 2012

The Philadelphia Wind Symphony

Susan Lewis profiles The Philadelphia Wind Symphony. The ensemble will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Holst, and Shostakovich at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

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