In celebration of the Bucks County Choral Society's 40th anniversary, distinguished Artistic Director Thomas Lloyd will lead the ensemble in Rachmaninoff's stunning All-Night Vigil - a symphony for a cappella voices, considered a crowning achievement of Russian Orthodox choral literature - on October 28th. Contrary to what the title might lead one to believe, this choral masterpiece is only about an hour in length.
The enlightening and well-received performance series Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel has been brought back by popular demand! The series, which had been canceled by the Kimmel Center, was resurrected by a group of devotees, the Friends of Keyboard Conversations, who raised funds to continue the performances. This illustrates, more than ever, how the commitment of music lovers to support performances that are accessible on so many levels CAN make a difference.
After pianist Jeffrey Siegel's annual series of Philadelphia concerts was canceled, a community of music lovers got together to reinstate his regular Kimmel Center performances. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns tells the story.
Following in the footsteps of legends such as Leopold Stokwoski, Eugene Ormandy, and Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nezet-Seguin is set to conduct his inaugural concerts as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. On Thursday, October 18th, the opening-night concert features the music of Ravel, Brahms, and Strauss with soloist Renee Fleming, followed by performances of the Verdi Requiem on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Those funky, menacing chords can only belong to one piece of music: West Side Story, the Leonard Bernstein Broadway musical that updated the Romeo and Juliet story into the world of gang warfare to the streets of post-war New York City. The concert suite from the musical has often been played by The Philadelphia Orchestra, though this week it's performing the music in a different incarnation - as an accompaniment to the 1961 Oscar-winning film. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports that the enterprise isn’t nearly as simple as it looks.
Ahead of WRTI's broadcast of the Academy of Vocal Arts' 2012 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition on Sunday at 3 pm - with listeners having the opportunity to vote for their personal favorite at wrti.org. Many Giargiari Competition participants have gone on to stellar careers, and in recent years three in particular have also been awarded the prestigious Richard Tucker Foundation Award, including tenors James Valenti and Stephen Costello, and soprano Angela Meade.
Listen back to an interview with Thomas Hampson from 2006. Jill Pasternak spoke with Mr. Hampson about his vision to create an American music radio series; that series - Song of America - is now showcased on WRTI on selected Sundays at 5 pm.
Jill Pasternak had the unique opportunity to speak with soprano Anna Netrebko, one of the brightest stars on the operatic stage today. Ms. Netrebko caused a sensation with her beauty, poise, and stunning vocal ability in her debuts in both Salzburg and The Met in 2002. With the world at her feet, she has maintained a reputation of excellence and an independence in both her handling of her career and her private life. Her family is vitally important to her and her decisions about her career have been carefully made.
In the 100th birthday year of the American avant-garde composer John Cage, many cultural institutions are celebrating his deeply influential life's work. But celebrating Cage is a lot more elusive than celebrating, say, Debussy. Composing with open-ended concepts that often didn't even include notes and rests, Cage threw so much responsibility onto the performers and audiences that it's hard to know what to celebrate. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns discovers the hidden burdens in Cage's brand of anarchy.