Music Features

Creatively Speaking
9:15 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Satchmo At The Waldorf: The Man Behind The Legend

As The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia stages the Terry Teachout play about the legendary trumpet player Louis Armstrong, Susan Lewis explores the life and work of this musical icon.

Information about Satchmo At The Waldorf at The Wilma Theater through December 2nd.

Now is the Time
4:55 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Lonely Motel on Now is The Time

from Steven Mackey: Lonely Motel, Music from Slide

It’s the composer/electric guitarist Steven Mackey on Now is the Time, Sunday, November 25th at 10 pm. Performed by eighth blackbird, Lonely Motel: Music from Slide considers isolation and self-delusion. A psychologist whose fiancée has abandoned him contemplates his fate while looking at his research slides.

The theater piece also rocks, with homages, Mackey says, to Dowland, Mozart, Stravinsky, Piazzola, and The Beatles.

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Crossover
8:39 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Clarinetist Alexander Bedenko: From Ukraine to Curtis and Now The World

Jill Pasternak interviews Alexander Bedenko

Here's the impressive story of a young Russian clarinetist who moved all the way to Philadelphia at age 17 for musical training and is now a rising star - one of the most prominent talents of his generation.

Born in 1982 in Kharkov, Ukraine, Alexander studied at The Curtis Institute of Music with Donald Montanaro, graduating in 2005. His accomplishments range from taking top honors at major international competitions to holding principal positions with leading orchestras under world-renowned conductors. He's been in demand as both soloist and ensemble player - attracting the attention of major conductors, as well as leading orchestras, ensembles, and festivals in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
1:13 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Birthday Boys Billy Strayhorn And Johnny Mandell

Arranger, composer, and pianst Billy Strayhorn

Composer Johnny Mandel shares birthday honors with Billy Strayhorn this week. We'll hear a sampling of their songs this Sunday, November 25th at 7 pm. Billy is best known for his sophisticated works, mostly with Duke Ellington (Take the "A" Train, Lush Life, etc.) and Johnny for his movie scores (I Want To Live and Americanization Of Emily). Join us for exciting Big Band interpretations!

Creatively Speaking
11:39 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Jennifer Higdon On Cold Mountain

The Philadelphia-based, world-renowned composer Jennifer Higdon speaks with Jim Cotter  She's currently writing her first opera based on the novel Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier.  It was also the basis for a 2003 movie.

Now is the Time
11:34 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Wayfaring Stranger on Now is the Time

From Daron Hagen: Piano Trio No. 3, "Wayfaring Stranger"

We travel over different paths on Now is the Time, Sunday, November 18th at 10 pm. Sebastian Currier's Static, the 2007 Grawemeyer Award winner, illuminates the two meanings of the title, from stillness to electricity. Saxophonist and composer Mark Engebretson evokes fresh and engaging melodic inventions in SaxMax.

Daron Hagen walks us from grief to a bright land in the piano trio he calls Wayfaring Stranger.

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Crossover
7:24 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Cowboy Composer Jett Hitt

Jill Pasternak hits the trail! Joining her is composer, teacher, and wrangler Jett Hitt, who has composed a violin concerto based on his impressions of his beloved Yellowstone National Park.

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Crossover
8:43 am
Sat November 10, 2012

The Barber Strikes Again

The Academy of Vocal Arts scores once more with their production of Giocchino Rossini's time-honored opera buffa, The Barber of Seville. Three impressive casts have alternated through six performances in Philadelphia, Haverford and Warrington.   The opera will be broadcast on WRTI at 1 pm on Saturday, November 10th.  Prior to the broadcast, Jill Pasternak will feature three of the principals on Crossover at 11:30 am. They are Steven La Brie (Figaro), Sydney Mancasola (Rosina) and Diego Silva (Count Almaviva).  The production is conducted by maestro Richard Raub. 

Now is the Time
11:26 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

National Anthem on Now is the Time

from Randall Davidson: Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity

No matter how you feel about the presidential election, there’s music for you on Now is the Time, Sunday, November 11th at 10 pm. There’s Privilege, New Beginnings, Deploration, or perhaps Vernacular Dances. Maybe you Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Above all, there’s the National Anthem, in a fascinating construction for solo piano.

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Creatively Speaking
3:32 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton: Sister Stars

Pianists Chrisina and Michelle Naughton

This week's Philadelphia Orchestra performances of Poulenc's Double Piano Concerto feature the young soloists Christina and Michelle Naughton. Jim Cotter speaks with the twin sisters.

Information about the performances.

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