WRTI Spotlight

Opera on WRTI
3:26 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

LA Opera on WRTI: Verdi's FALSTAFF, July 12, 1 PM

In his final attempt to seduce Alice, Falstaff (Roberto Frontali) disguises himself for a clandestine meeting in Windsor Park.
Robert Millard

In honor of Verdi’s 200th birthday, LA Opera presents a new production of the crowning glory of the composer’s magnificent career, his comic masterpiece Falstaff. When Shakespeare’s portly knight of Windsor hatches a plot to improve his love life by courting two different married women, he launches a flood of comic chaos and romantic misadventure. Saturday, July 12, 1 to 4 pm.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
1:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Beethoven's 9th on July 13th

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

This Sunday at 1 pm it's a re-broadcast of the 2013/204 season-opening concert from the end of September, featuring Beethoven's awe-inspiring Ninth Symphony. With its universal message of freedom and brotherhood, the Ninth is the crowning achievement of Beethoven’s revolutionary works, its famous “Ode to Joy” serving as a message of hope for all mankind. Showcasing the Westminster Symphonic Choir, and conducted by Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, this performance launched a two-year cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies.

The Choir will also appear in Beethoven’s rarely heard setting of Goethe’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, as well as the world premiere of the young American composer Nico Muhly’s newly orchestrated Bright Mass with Canons for chorus, orchestra, and featuring the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.

During intermission, WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with Yannick about the program, and the new season, and WRTI's Jim Cotter sits down with both tenor Christian Elsner and bass-baritone Shenyang, both of whom play very important roles in this concert.

Not to be missed!  That's this Sunday, July 13 from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI.

Program notes

PROGRAM

BEETHOVEN:  Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, for chorus and orchestra

MUHLY: Bright Mass with Canons

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 ("Choral")
 

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Twyla Robinson, soprano

Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano

Christian Elsner, tenor

Shenyang, bass-baritone

The Westminster Symphonic Choir -Mixed chorus

Joe Miller, director

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown
11:55 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown: July 7, 2014

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Elio Villafranca and His Jass Syncopators - Caribbean Tinge - CARIBBEAN TINGE: LIVE FROM DIZZYS JALC

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People's Choice Concert with Host Gregg Whiteside
2:55 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

The Philadelphians and WRTI at the Mann Center: Join us on August 1st!

"The People's Choice" concert is free and it's on Friday, August 1 at 8 pm at the Mann Center. Gregg Whiteside is host.

WRTI has teamed up with The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Mann Center for the Performing Arts to present our first-ever People's Choice Concert. Join us at the Mann on August 1st when the Fabulous Philadelphians play a program selected by YOU!

Voting took place in June; thanks so much to everyone who participated!

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Maureen Malloy's Interview With Michael Pedicin
2:47 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Michael Pedicin Uncut

Tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin

Locally born saxophonist Michael Pedicin has lived the life of many men. We know him for his music, but when Maureen Malloy interviewed Michael prior to his Art After 5 performance on June 20th at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we learned that his career was much more extensive. In case you missed it, below are the clips that aired.

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Opera on WRTI
2:21 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Mozart's LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, July 5, 1 PM

Amanda Majeski, Matthew Polenzani, and Joyce DiDonato star in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito.

Sex and power are front and center in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's riveting La Clemenza di Tito. Can a Roman emperor forgive a woman who either wants to marry him or murder him? And can he pardon the would-be assassin who's supposedly his best friend? Find out in this spellbinding opera broadcast on Saturday, July 5, 1 to 4 pm.

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Classic Music and Jazz for July 3rd and 4th
1:15 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Music for Your Independence Day Holiday!

We're celebrating America's independence with American classical music during the day and nostalgic jazz at night on July 3rd and 4th. Join us!

CLASSICAL

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
12:20 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

The Philadelphians and Opera Philadelphia on WRTI: Strauss' SALOME, July 6, 1 PM

This Sunday at 1pm, it’s the fast-paced, one-act opera Salome, among the most important musical works of the 20th century, standing out for its revolutionary use of a large-scale orchestra and virtuosic singers, as much as for its graphic depiction of this deeply psychological tale, performed in a historic, joint production by The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia. It was the Orchestra’s last concert in May, just before they departed on their China Tour.

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Jazz Hot 11 Countdown
11:55 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown: June 30, 2014

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Theo Croker - Moody's Mood for Love - AFROPHYSICIST  

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
4:59 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Bruckner, Barber, Bartok, & Batiashvili, June 29, 1 PM

Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili

This Sunday at 1 pm, from a Philadelphia Orchestra concert this past May at Verizon Hall, Yannick is on the podium to conduct Barber’s Adagio for Strings, an ethereal meditation that has emerged as an iconic piece of 20th-century American music; Bartok’s First Violin Concerto, played by Lisa Batiashvili, one of the world’s most sought-after violinists; and the concert will conclude with that imposing orchestral cathedral of sound known as Bruckner’s Symphony No.

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