WRTI Spotlight

In Memoriam
4:37 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Remembering Three Composers Who All Died At Auschwitz On October 17, 1944

Composer Viktor Ullmann perished on October 17, 1944

Three of the 20th century's greatest musicians all died on October 17, 1944 - and all at the hands of the Nazis.  Czech composers Viktor Ullmann, Pavel Haas, and Hans Krasa all perished at Auschwitz (see videos of their music below); they were all taken there just three days after their final concert together on October 14, 1944 at the Theresienstadt concentration camp.

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Jazz Night In America: A New Series
3:34 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

A Highly Anticipated National Jazz Series Launches on WRTI

Here at WRTI we're very excited about the premiere of a special jazz series - created by the leading producers of jazz content in America. We want you to be part of it.

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
12:21 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

It's All Mozart on Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert Broadcast on WRTI!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Join us this Sunday, October 19th at 1 pm to hear the first concert from last April's Philadelphia Orchestra Mozart Celebration, which brings us three Mozart masterpieces! With Yannick on the podium, the Orchestra will play an overture to one of Mozart's three operas set to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Cosi fan Tutte, and then continue with the Piano Concerto No.

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Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI
12:39 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Singer! The AVA Giargiari Bel Canto Competition on WRTI, Oct. 12, 4 PM

Tenor Dominick Chenes

You have spoken!  You voted for the WRTI audience favorite from the 35th annual Academy of Vocal Arts Giargiari Bel Canto Competition. And the winners are:

WRTI Audience Favorites:
1st Place: Tenor Dominick Chenes
2nd Place: Soprano Anush Avetisyan
3rd Place: Bass-baritone Daniel Noyola

Live Competition Winners:
1st Place: Bass-baritone André Courville
2nd Place Tenor Dominick Chenes / Baritone Jorge Espino (tie)
Audience Favorite: Tenor Dominick Chenes

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
11:24 am
Fri October 10, 2014

A Feast for Organ and Brass: The Philadelphians on WRTI, Oct. 12th, 1 PM

Conductor Alain Altinoglu

What a program! It's a re-broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, Sunday, October 12th at 1 pm. The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ and organist Michael Stairs are two of the biggest stars in a firmament of many! Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin had to withdraw from this performance in March, but it brought conductor Alain Altinoglu to Verizon Hall at Yannick’s recommendation, and was he ever in his element!

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San Francisco Opera on WRTI
1:46 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

The Chilling Opera, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, on WRTI: October 11, 1 PM

Soprano Patricia Racette sings Dolores, and bass-baritone Wayne Tigges sings Joe St. George.

The San Francisco Opera presents a world premiere! Desperate. Passionate. Trapped. Dolores Claiborne is willing to do whatever it takes to save herself and her daughter—even if that means taking a life. One of the most compelling characters to emerge from the imagination of Stephen King, the feisty Maine housekeeper is a natural fit for opera—and specifically for the dark theatricality of American composer Tobias Picker.

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Opera on WRTI
4:45 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

San Francisco Opera on WRTI: Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, Oct. 4, 1 PM

Soprano Nicole Cabell sings Violetta and tenor Saimir Purgu sings Alfredo in San Francisco Opera's LA TRAVIATA
Cory Weaver

Violetta Valéry may be the most heart-wrenching character in all of opera: a high-spirited but deceptively delicate woman who unexpectedly finds, and then selflessly gives up, the love of her all-too-short life in Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA. Saturday, October 4, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.

Cast:

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
4:22 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Bach Old and New

On Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, Saturday, Oct. 4th, 5 to 6 pm. Every generation comes up with new ways to perform Johann Sebastian Bach. This tells us two things. One: Performance practice is as vital and relevant as ever. Rather than imagining forgotten professors paging through dusty tomes, we might envision performers kicking up dust with brilliant concerts of so-old-it’s-new repertoire.

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The Crossing Choir
4:02 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

The Crossing on WRTI: The Third 'Month of Moderns' Concert, Oct. 5, 3:30 PM

PRISM Quartet

Join us Sunday, October 5th at 3:30 pm for The Crossing chamber choir's third and final concert in their Sixth Annual Month of Moderns Festival, recorded live at The Icebox at Crane Arts Center in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.

The Crossing is joined by the PRISM (Saxophone) Quartet in a world premiere by composer Gavin Bryars. Donald Nally conducts.

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WRTI Spotlight
7:59 am
Thu October 2, 2014

The Philadelphians on WRTI: Yannick, Beethoven's EROICA, Oct. 5, 1 PM

German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser

Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall in a program culminating in Beethoven's monumental Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," originally intended as a grand and heroic tribute to Napoleon. Upon learning, however, that Napoleon had crowned himself Emperor of all Europe, Beethoven scratched out the dedication with such vigor that he tore through the paper. This is music that succeeds in creating a new architecture for the symphonic form, and it supplied ignition for the Romantic style in music.

Also on the program, Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings, which opens with a haunting rhythm clearly quoting the funeral march of Beethoven’s "Eroica." The intensity and pathos is that of a mature composer, nearing the end of his career, who has witnessed the World War II destruction of Europe, and stands in stark contrast  to compositions of the younger Strauss we've heard in earlier broadcasts this season.

Filling out the program is Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, written for the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and given its U.S. premiere (and first recording) by him with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy in 1959.  Our soloist is German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser, a young virtuoso who will perform this fiendish concerto, which, like the 10th and 11th symphonies heard elsewhere in the 2013/2014 season, was written following the death of Stalin, and marks a return to greater creative freedom for Shostakovich.

Here's Johannes Moser performing in 2011. During intermission, WRTI's Susan Lewis will speak with the young cellist.

Program:
Strauss - Metamorphosen
Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 1
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica")
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Johannes Moser - Cello

That's the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, Sunday, October 5, 1 to 3:30 pm. Don't miss it!

You can listen to our 90.1 FM broadcast, or online here.

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.

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