This Sunday on WRTI, The Crossing Choir performs the American premiere of a major work from the composer John Luther Adams. Canticles of the Holy Wind is a multi-movement, concert-length work of breadth and depth.
Don't miss a minute of Halloween on WRTI. You'll hear all sorts of creepy music inspired by witches, ghosts, the supernatural, and horror. Composers throughout history have never been able to resist the chance to frighten their listeners. Join us if you dare!
On Sunday, November 10th, at 1 pm, we begin a new season of Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts with the 2013-2014 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 launches 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 Jim Cotter sits down with both tenor Chrisistian Elsner and bass-baritone Shenyang, both of whom play very important roles in this concert.
Not to be missed! Be with us on Sunday, November 10th, for the new season of Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts, from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.
This Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI, it's a performance of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 by The Philadelphia Orchestra. The work, and the composer, are very close to Yannick's musical heart.
Paired with Wagner's tender Siegfried Idyll, you're in for an orchestral treat, in this rebroadcast of a Verizon Hall concert first heard last January, and broadcast a week after the death of the Orchestra's Conductor Laureate Wolfgang Sawallisch.
Join us on Sunday at 4 pm for a two-hour special broadcast of the Opening Gala for the new Mariinsky II Opera House in St. Petersburg, Russia. The concert, which took place on May 2, 2013, marked the opening of one of the largest and most acclaimed performing arts centers in the world.
Tune in for a treat on Saturday, October 26 at 1 pm. Tenor Luciano Pavarotti sings Rodolfo in a San Francisco Opera archival production of Giuseppe Verdi's Luisa Miller. Conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos. Recorded Fall 1974, War Memorial Opera House.
A sensitive poet searches for love, and repeatedly finds it lies just beyond his reach in this marvelously melodic masterpiece. Singing the title role is tenor Matthew Polenzani, who was praised by The New York Times as "coming into his prime...singing with increasing ardor, richness and power."
Dirk Brossé conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in the Orchestra's monthly "Applause" broadcast. The program is made up of two works - the spirited Piano Concerto No. 1 of Felix Mendelssohn, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 4.