Music Features

Creatively Speaking
11:04 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Trumpeter Chris Botti: Blowing His Horn To Worldwide Acclaim

Chris Botti

Through the 1980s and '90s, Chris Botti had a relatively successful career as an in-demand session musician and sideman, and as a composer and producer. Then, in 2001, after he signed to Columbia Records, the stars aligned; since that time he's gone from strength to strength garnering worldwide acclaim as a live performer and selling millions of records.

WRTI's Jim Cotter caught up with the superstar trumpeter when Botti was in town to play with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Creatively Speaking
11:03 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Flutist Mimi Stillman's Yearlong Debussy Tribute

Mimi Stillman

On Claude Debussy's 150th birthday - August 22nd - Philadelphia flutist Mimi Stillman (founder/director of Dolce Suono Ensemble), began a yearlong odyssey with an unaccompanied flute work of Debussy's titled Syrinx; she'll play the piece every single day in various locations, and post videos of her "Syrinx Journey" project on her website.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports for WRTI.

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Crossover
8:02 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Sruti: Sharing the Indian Classical Music Experience

The unique sounds of India fill the airwaves with violins and ancient Carnatic bamboo flute, tabla, mridangam, kanjira, dholak, Khamaicha  and mesmerizing improvised ragas sung and played by celebrated Indian musicians.  Guests on Crossover are Raji Venkatesan, president of Sruti: The India Music and Dance Society; Kiranavali Vidyasankar, Carnatic music teacher, writer and performer; and Steven Hopkins, professor of religion at Swarthmore college, whose interest in Hinduism has taken him to India and drawn him to Carnatic music. 

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Now is the Time
10:05 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Sounding Landscapes on Now is the Time

from Stephen Scott: Sounding Landscapes

It's ten people hovering over a piano on Now is the Time, Sunday, October 28th at 10 pm. Stephen Scott wrote Paisajes Audibles, Spanish for "Sounding Landscapes," for his Bowed Piano Ensemble and soprano Victoria Hansen. The Spanish, French, and English texts are inspired by the physical landscape Scott has seen on the Canary Islands, and the inner landscapes of imagination.

The "bowed" piano, played with guitar picks, horsehair, fishing line, and percussion mallets, sings like an orchestra. Or a steel drum band. In it you'll hear the voice of jazz, flamenco, West African music, and Terry Riley. It is fun, it is evocative, it is mesmerizing.

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Creatively Speaking
4:32 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra's Latest World Premiere

As The Philadelphia Orchestra performs the world premiere of Concertino Cusqueño, a new work by Gabriela Lena Frank, The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns speaks with the Oakland-based composer of Lithuanian, Peruvian and Chinese descent.  Ticket information for the October 25, 26, and 27 concerts at the Kimmel Center.

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Crossover
4:02 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Lang Lang: Beyond Chopin

Lang Lang delivers in his newest release: The Chopin Album, on the Sony Classical label. When I met him several years ago he was being hailed as a great find, but he was also stretching out to young people as an ambassador for UNICEF.  A big heart and a big talent, neither of which has diminished, spurs Lang Lang on to perform a special one-night concert on Tuesday October 30th at 6:30 p.m. at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium. 

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Music Reviews
5:36 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Budapest Quartet Gets To The Heart Of Beethoven

The Budapest String Quartet in 1919.
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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 12:42 pm

The Budapest String Quartet has always been my standard-bearer for chamber music. I grew up listening to their recordings, and especially admired not only their gorgeous sound, but also the uncanny interaction among all four players, even when there were changes in personnel. They had a way of playing as if they were speaking to each other, expressing deep and sometimes complicated feelings.

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Creatively Speaking
8:11 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Three Philadelphia Ensembles Collaborate For A Landmark Performance

The Mendelssohn Club Chorus, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia are set to perform at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in a very special concert that includes the world premiere of Robert Moran’s expanded - and haunting - 9/11 tribute, Trinity Requiem.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the October 21st event, that also features Bruckner's Mass in E minor and Moran's Angele Dei.

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Creatively Speaking
8:34 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Principal Players From The Philadelphia Orchestra Teaching Students Worldwide Via The Internet

Virtuoso flutist Jeffrey Kahner is teaching students online at the ArtistWorks Classical Campus.
  • WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with The Philadelphia Orchestra's principal flute, Jeffrey Khaner; principal clarinet, Ricardo Morales; and principal trumpet, David Bilger about their new online teaching venture.

Classical music is a complex art form, and learning an instrument well takes not only talent but many hours, days, and years of lessons and practice. While the talent necessary to play an orchestral instrument hasn’t changed much over the years, today, Internet and video technology are offering  new ways of teaching and learning an instrument, with the potential to connect large numbers of  students with some of the best musicians in the world.
 

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Crossover
5:31 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Bucks County Choral Society: Bringing A Rachmaninoff Masterpiece To Life

Bucks County Choral Society Artistic Director Thomas Lloyd

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.

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