Music Features

Now Is the Time
2:06 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

The Edge of the Infinite on Now Is the Time

from James Piorkowski: “Once Was Lost…”

We see from surprising paths on Now Is the Time, Saturday, November 9th at 9 pm—our new time, every Saturday night at 9 on WRTI-HD2.

Solo flute entices, with electronics, in Flutepaths by Lawrence Moss, and then the first of two works relate to the hymn "Amazing Grace." James Piorkowski's subtle variations "Once Was Lost…" are for solo guitar.

Christopher Theofanidis's large-breathed On the Edge of the Infinite, for violin and orchestra, brings us to Amazing Grace by Leslie Adams. While the title is familiar, both the music and the words are by Adams. Michael Colgrass bases the Winds of Nagual on Carlos Castaneda's mystic writings from the Mexican wilderness. Hallucinations and shape-shifting lead to a leap into the abyss, which explodes into a thousand views of the world.

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Videos We Love!
8:11 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Happiness Is...A "Joyous" Flashmob Video From Spain!

Now Is the Time
10:16 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Of Nature on Now Is the Time, Now on Saturday Night!

from William Wallace: Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra

It's the world and how we live in it on Now Is the Time, Saturday, November 2nd at 9 pm. Starting today, things go bump in the night as the schedule shifts on WRTI-HD2. The biggest move is for Now Is the Time, moving from its Sunday slot to one day and one hour earlier. We love the change! The show now broadcasts every Saturday at 9 pm.

William Wallace, the American composer born in 1923, has a tonal language that sometimes wears Baroque forms, but lightly. Underneath pulses a strong personality. His second Piano Concerto begins with, of all things, a fugue, and it works brilliantly. After the warm choral sound of A Cosmic Prayer by Carson Cooman, beautifully sung by The Choir of Royal Holloway, is Tomas Svoboda's Symphony No. 1 (of Nature). Written when he was only 16, it's forthright and assured, with echoes of his Czech heritage. It's a remarkable achievement.

If you're new to Now Is the Time and live anywhere in, well, the cosmos, just go to wrti.org and click on the Listen: Classical button at the top. Day or night, that brings you the classical stream, and at 9 pm every Saturday, you'll hear Now Is the Time. In the Philadelphia area with an HD radio? Dial us up at 90.1 FM, HD2, or find all the frequencies here, depending on where you live, from the Shore to the Poconos to Harrisburg to Dover. Thanks for supporting American contemporary music on WRTI!

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Crossover
9:53 am
Sat November 2, 2013

More Keyboard Conversations: Jeffrey Siegel Returns

Jeffrey Siegel
Peter Schaaf

The enlightening and well-received performance series Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel returns to the Kimmel Center this year for its ninth season. Mr. Siegel, a virtuoso pianist who has performed with the world's great orchestras, has been praised internationally for his popular signature Keyboard Conversations programs, which he performs worldwide. 

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Now Is the Time
10:32 pm
Sat October 26, 2013

Around Halloween on Now Is the Time

from Dan Visconti: Drift of Rainbows

The spirit of Halloween hovers over Now Is the Time, Sunday, October 27th at 10 pm. Strings, bells, melodicas softly accompany waning desert sunlight: such is Drift of Rainbows by Dan Visconti. William Moylan's setting of the Yeats poem The Stolen Child tells an Erlkönig-like story: "Come away, O human child! / To the waters and the wild / With a faery, hand in hand, / For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand."

Benjamin Broening processes out-takes of recordings over and over until they sound hardly electronic anymore, but more, perhaps, like ghosts, in Traces (ii). Acoustically to Shake the Tree is Robert Carl's business at hand—for piano four-hands—and the fruit from the overtone series brilliantly litters his landscape. And William Bolcom wraps the program with one of his fortes in the Graceful Ghost Rag.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
2:43 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

It's Carmina Burana and The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: Oct. 27 at 1 pm

Following a weekend of Philadelphia Orchestra concerts at Verizon Hall under guest conductor Rafael Freuhbeck de Borgos, be sure to join us this Sunday afternoon at 1 pm to hear a rebroadcast of a concert from this past February that featured Maestro Freuhbeck conducting one of his signature works, Carmina Burana!  

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert program also includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 1, and the ever-popular Jan Nepomuk Hummel Trumpet Concertoperformed by the Orchestra’s Principal Trumpet David Bilger.

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Now Is the Time
11:40 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Inspired by Bach on Now Is the Time

from Mark Hagerty: Cello Suite 2

J. S. Bach continues to illuminate us, on Now Is the Time, Sunday, October 20th at 10 pm. The Cello Suite 2 of Mark Hagerty does not ape the suites of the great master, but rather is lit from within by the spirit of Bach. It's a large-breathed, optimistic suite, given a luminous reading by Douglas McNames.

The third Quintet for Winds by David Maslanka is so dedicated to the spirit of Bach, that even a chorale confidently unfurling in its midst is caught up in the spirit—though it's an original tune. Still, quotes and feints abound, and the deft handling of these chamber forces not only warmly counterpoises Hagerty's solo cello suite, it introduces us to an appreciation for Maslanka, for Bach, and for the never-dying muse illuminating all music of good will.

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Crossover
8:06 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Tango Fire: Burning Passion, Exquisitely Alluring

Tango Fire

What's new? Tango Fire...an ensemble that has taken the world by storm. Five couples and four musicians who have danced their way into the soul of tango lovers, far and wide.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
5:54 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

It's Andre Watts With The Philadelphia Orchestra On WRTI: Sunday at 1 PM

Pianist Andre Watts

This Sunday afternoon at 1 pm, join us for a rebroadcast of a Verizon Hall concert from this past February, which featured the return to Philadelphia of André Watts, who joins forces with the revered Maestro Raphael Frühbeck de Borgos for a performance of Beethoven's grandest piano concerto, the Fifth - the "Emperor." Also on the program, Hindemith's Concert Music for Strings and Brass, a delicate orchestration by Stokowski of Bach's "Sleepers Awake," and the most popular of Liszt's symphonic poems, Les Preludes.

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Now Is the Time
9:51 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Rumors on Now Is the Time

Nazca drawing in Peru

from Harold Meltzer: Rumors

There are journeys and rumors of journeys on Now Is the Time, Sunday, October 13th at 10 pm. Harold Meltzer's Rumors is for one flutist and four flutes: piccolo, C flute, alto, and bass. He envisions a drum set, the breathing of conspiracies (con spirare, to breathe together), and an old man on a bench in Italy trying to remember a children's song.

Sergio Cervetti pictures Peru's desert drawings in Nazca for string orchestra. Seen from the air, they could be monkeys, spiders, hummingbirds, or extraterrestrials, but whatever they are, the music is rich and inviting. As is Elegant Journey with Stopping Points of Interest, using the drawn, or graphic, notation that Robert Moran was employing in the ’60s. He revised this for solo organ, and we hear the European premiere from 2009.

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