There's an interesting mix on this month's APPLAUSE with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. One of Joseph Haydn's best-loved symphonies, and the premier of Michel Legrand's concerto for harp and orchestra, make up this month's broadcast, hosted by WRTI's Dave Conant, Sunday, March 16, 5 to 6 pm.
John Corigliano's Troubadors, Variations for Guitar and Orchestra, opens our broadcast of Symphony in C Sunday, at 3 pm. Philip Mann guest conducts, and acclaimed guitarist Jason Vieaux plays this 1993 work by Corigliano, which the composer describes as a "lyrical" concerto. The concert concludes with one of Tchaikovsky's best known symphonies, the No. 5 in E minor. Sunday, March 16, 3 to 5 pm on WRTI.
With St. Patrick's Day upon us, it's hard to escape the allure of the Emerald Isle, with its rolling heaths, swirling jigs, frothy beer and curious legends. While we can't afford to fly you to Dublin we can offer this humble St. Paddy's Day puzzler.
Bop Goes the Opera - In 2002, the brilliant saxophonist Joe Lovano took the jazz-meets-classical music concept outside of the box when he recorded jazz versions of tunes from the songbook of opera legend Enrico Caruso. While Viva Caruso was critically acclaimed and did well for Lovano and Blue Note Records, it represented, at the time, the beginning and end of jazz versions of operatic compositions and vice-versa. Until now.
This week, we're back at our usual 1 pm start time! Tune in for the Met’s delightful Baroque fantasy THE ENCHANTED ISLAND. The opera returns after its critically acclaimed world-premiere run in 2011–12, bringing together the music of Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell, and other composers, set to a brilliant new English libretto inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Join WRTI's Bob Craig this Sunday night to hear music composed and arranged by Neil Hefti for a number of band - especially Count Basie and Woody Herman. You'll hear several of his songs such as "Girl Talk," "Lil' Darlin'" and "Cute."
That's on Big Band Jazz, Sunday, March 9, 7 to 8 pm. Don't miss it!
If you were around in the 1960s, you'll remember the distinctive sound of Herb Alpert's trumpet on songs such as "The Lonely Bull," "Spanish Flea," "Lollipops and Roses," and "Whipped Cream." You probably also remember that the latter three were prominently used as theme music in the TV show, The Dating Game.