Do you want to know what made the composer Frederic Chopin so special? I'll tell you. Chopin (March 1, 1810 - October 17, 1849) was one of the greatest pianists and composers who ever lived. Aside from revolutionizing the piano itself, enlarging its scope, the genres it lent itself to, and its breadth of color, Chopin essentially invented the scherzo and instrumental ballade as virtuoso piano movements, and reinvented the etude as a musically engaging genre, rather than a mere exercise.
Listen to Rossini's ARMIDA on WRTI, Saturday, November 29th at 1 pm. The Rossini Opera Festival is an international opera festival entirely devoted to Gioachino Rossini and takes place in his hometown of Pesaro, Italy along the Adriatic Sea. It was founded in 1980, using funds donated to Pesaro by Rossini himself when he died in the 1869. Its mission is to revive, to perform on stage and to study the musical heritage connected with the composer.
With Thanksgiving at hand, memories of holidays past begin to fill our minds. Over the river and through the woods. Friends, family, and groaning boards of food. Telling and retelling stories. And more food. It’s that second helping that makes Thanksgiving so special.
So WRTI, an old friend, and one you consider family, will be offering second helpings throughout Thanksgiving Day...just for you. Each hour a favorite composer will be featured twice to warm and comfort you.
Join us on Sunday, November 23rd at 3 pm for a concert broadcast by The Crossing chamber choir, led by Music Director Donald Nally, and recorded in October at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square.
Join us to hear Yannick Nezet-Seguin conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra in a concert from October, 2014 at Verizon Hall. You'll hear works by two Russian masters - Alexander Glazunov and Sergei Rachmaninoff - composed within a few years of one another at the end of the 19th century: the energetic and lilting final movement of Glazunov’s ballet The Seasons, and Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony, the premiere of which Glazunov conducted (and not so well, by various accounts).
Join us for an exciting two-concerto broadcast by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. From two different concerts in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, we’ll hear Mendelssohn and Haydn. From September 15, 2014, it's the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40, and from October 20, 2014, the Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major.
Dave Conant is your host on Sunday, November 16, 4 to 5 pm - one hour earlier than usual.
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40
Join us for Opera Day on WRTI! This year, the opera in the starring role is AVA's current production of L'italiana In Algeri. Blurring the line between blatant sentimentality and utter lunacy, emotions and tensions flare in Gioachino Rossini’s jovial operatic drama of an Italian beauty shipwrecked and captured by the Bey of Algiers.
You're invited to a spectacular 12-hour day of opera featuring beloved arias, choruses, and ballet excerpts culminating in Rossini'sL’iltaliana in Algeriperformed by resident artists of the Academy of Vocal Arts. Saturday, November 15, 6 am to 6 pm on WRTI.
Hosted by WRTI's Dave Conant, Jill Pasternak, Jack Moore, and Susan Lewis, this celebration of opera will include numerous thank-you gifts to inspire you as we try to raise $30,000 in support of opera on WRTI.
Join us to hear Gaetano Donizetti's bel canto masterpiece, Lucrezia Borgia, recorded live in July, 2014 at The Caramoor Summer Music Festival. Director of Opera Will Crutchfield leads the Orchestra of St. Luke's and a stellar cast, including acclaimed soprano Angela Meadein her highly anticipated debut in the title role, Tamara Mumford as Maffio Orsini, Michele Angelini as Gennaro, and Christophoros Stamboglis as Duke Alfonso.