WRTI Spotlight

Jeff Duperon at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
5:03 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Live From Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: February 21 at 6 PM

Tenor sax player David Sanchez

Kick off your weekend with WRTI’s Jeff Duperon on Friday, February 21, at 6 pm, as he broadcasts his show from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art After 5 program.  This time around, Puerto Rican-born, Latin Grammy Award-winning tenor sax man David Sanchez will be performing. We expect another fantastic evening of music in the warm and welcoming setting of the museum’s Great Stair Hall.

WRTI Spotlight
10:14 am
Fri February 21, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI: Strauss' DER ROSENKAVALIER, Feb. 22, 1 PM

Martina Serafin sings the Marschallin, and Alice Coote sings Octavian in this 2013 Met Opera production of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier.

It’s love hidden, proclaimed, delayed, found...and love not to be. Richard Strauss' bittersweet romantic comedy Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose) features a superb ensemble led by Viennese soprano Martina Serafin in one of her signature roles, the Marschallin. Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote sings the trouser role of the Marschallin’s young lover, Octavian, while soprano Erin Morley is Sophie, the innocent young woman who comes between the two.

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ENCORE!
4:01 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

AVA Opera Theater on WRTI: Verdi's LA TRAVIATA on Sunday at 4:15 PM

Lyric soprano Chloe Moore sings Violetta in AVA's LA TRAVIATA
Paul Sirochman

Giuseppe Verdi's three-act masterpiece La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) will be heard in its entirety Sunday afternoon on WRTI, following our Philadelphia Orchestra broadcast. The opera, with libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, is based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Originally, the opera was to be titled "Violetta" after the main character of the opera. It's one of Verdi's most beloved and frequently performed works.

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Jazz Hot 11 Countdown
11:55 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown: February 17, 2014

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Moutin Factory Quintet - Moving On - LUCKY PEOPLE  

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ENCORE!
10:40 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Outstanding Organists! The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on WRTI: Feb. 16 at 5 PM

Organist Alan Morrison

Dirk Brossé is joined by three acclaimed organists on this month's broadcast by The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Matthew Glandorf, Alan Morrison, and Jeffrey Brillhart join the ensemble for works by Joseph Jongen, Josef Rheinberger, and Maestro Brossé.  That's this Sunday, Feb. 16, 5 to 6 pm on WRTI. Join us!

Program:

Joseph Jongen: Hymne, Op. 78 (1924) - Matthew Glandorf, organ

WRTI Spotlight
9:52 am
Fri February 14, 2014

LIVE on WRTI: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Johannes Moser, Yannick, Beethoven, Feb. 23 at 2 PM

German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser

Johannes Moser speaks with WRTI's Susan Lewis during intermission.

Yannick speaks with WRTI's Jim Cotter about the program.

Sunday, February 23rd at 2 pm, Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra LIVE from Verizon Hall on WRTI, 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 is graciously filling in for cellist Truls Mork. Mork has withdrawn from his appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra on February 20 - 23 because of a skiing accident. (He is expected to make a full recovery!) Moser will perform this fiendish concerto, which, like the 10th and 11th symphonies heard elsewhere in the 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, who made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Philadelphians on Friday night.

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 - LIVE - Sunday, February 23rd at 2 pm - one hour later than usual.  Don't miss it!

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

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.

Romantic Jazz for Valentine's Day
6:34 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Cupid's Jazz Soundtrack

If you think about it, jazz songs are some of the most romantic in existence. From the standards of the Great American Songbook, to steamy bossa nova songs, and on to the classic and contemporary ballads of love, the language of devotion has been whispered through your speakers since you started listening to this great art form.

Happy Valentine's Day!
4:33 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

LOVE Is On The Air! Romantic Music for Valentine's Day on WRTI

Love has inspired composers through the centuries, with the tragic story of Romeo and Juliet probably the most popular. Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Gounod, Berlioz, and Kabalevsky all wrote rchestral works, ballets and, operas based on that story, not to mention Nino Rota's film score.

Even Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story was inspired by the doomed lovers.

WRTI will sample all of them on Valentine’s Day…and bring you other musical love scores, from Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe, to Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and Wagner's Tristan and Isolde.

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
3:23 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Schumann, Mork, Sawallisch and The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI, Feb 16 at 1 PM

Cellist Truls Mork

This Sunday at 1 pm, it's a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert archival broadcast celebrating the legacy of the Orchestra’s late conductor laureate, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and featuring Norwegian cellist Truls Mork.

In this concert, recorded in 2002 at Verizon Hall, Mork will play the Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor. Also on the program, the Manfred Overture, and the Symphony No. 4 – all Schumann, and conducted by Maestro Sawallisch in memorable performances just a few years before his last appearance with the Philadelphians.

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Jazz Hot 11 Countdown
9:26 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown: February 10, 2014

Lili Anel

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Lili Anel - Something To Do - I CAN SEE BLISS FROM HERE  

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