WRTI Spotlight

Now is the Time
4:26 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Solaris on Now is the Time

Lois V Vierk: Simoom

Whether it's light or dark or exotic, it's hot on Now is the Time, Sunday, August 5th at 10 pm. Sainte-Croix takes us to a Central American jungle; Vierk, to the desert with multi-tracked cellos. Korean-American Yoon is recorded live, with water bowls and bells, and Stiefel is all sci-fi electronics and guitar. It’s American contemporary music on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.

WRTI Spotlight
6:46 am
Sat August 4, 2012

LA Opera: ALBERT HERRING on August 4th

Benjamin Britten's comedy Albert Herring takes place in the English countryside where meek mama’s boy Albert (tenor Alek Shrader) reluctantly becomes his village’s first May King when no maidens of sufficient virtue can be found. Soprano Christine Brewer stars as the formidable Lady Billows. Saturday, August 4th, 1 to 4:15 pm

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WRTI Spotlight
6:21 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Kora Player Ablaye Cissoko & Trumpeter Volker Goetze Visit The Bridge: August 3rd, 10 pm

A special evening is in store for you as host J. Michael Harrison welcomes two fascinating musicians to The Bridge: Senegalese kora player Ablaye Cissoko and German jazz trumpet player Volker Goetze. It's been several years since their last appearance on the show, and a lot has transpired. 

The duo will discuss their new CD, Amanke Dionti, the follow up to the critically acclaimed recording, Sira, and share details of a recently completed documentary that provides unique insight into Cissoko's life in Senegal.

WRTI Spotlight
9:02 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Melody Gardot Video: Your Heart Is As Black As Night

Here's a live performance of Philadelphia's own Melody Gardot performing "Your Heart Is As Black As Night." Ms. Gardot has been on tour this summer, and will perform at the Merriam Theatre for a one-night show on September 29th. Her new album is The Absence.

9:12 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Great News For The Philadelphia Orchestra

Lead in text: 
More than a year after filing a petition for Chapter 11, The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is now out of the hole.
  • Source: Philly
  • | Via: The Philadelphia Inquirer/Peter Dobrin
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is out of bankruptcy.U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Eric L. Frank approved the association's reorganization plan June 28, but with the writing of checks and completion of other administrative matters Monday and Tuesday, the curtain officially has come down on perhaps the most perilous episode in the history of the organization that supports and presents the storied ensemble."I feel like I'm getting out of jail," said orchestra chairman Richard B.
Test Your Knowledge!
8:52 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

The 2012 Classical Olympians Puzzler

Julia Vynokurova/Getty Images

The grumbling of Londoners and the off-putting remarks of Mitt Romney are all but forgotten now as the 2012 Summer Olympics are in spectacular full swing. From here on out the race for the gold continues.

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Jazz Hot 11 Countdown
8:31 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown: July 30, 2012

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.

This week's Hot 11:

1. Tom Harrell - No. 5 - NUMBER 5

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
6:45 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Mostly Ravel on Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: August 4th, 5 pm

Maurice Ravel

This time, he’d show them. The Paris Conservatoire accepted Ravel as a piano student at age 16, and even though he won a piano competition, more than anything he wanted to compose. But the Conservatory was a hard place. He never won the fugue prize, never won the composition prize, never won anything for writing music and they sent him packing. Twice. He studied with the great Gabriel Fauré, in school and out, but he just couldn’t make any headway with the ruling musical authorities.

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WRTI Spotlight
12:48 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Guitarist Kenny Burrell with Singers on Voices in Jazz: July 29 on HD-2

This Sunday, July 29th, 3 to 6 pm, it's a birthday celebration for jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell. You'll hear Mr. Burrell accompanying many singers...including himself.

Also on the birthday calendar: Annie Ross, Karrin Allyson, Kevin Mahogany, and Janis Siegel of the Manhattan Transfer among others. Join us!

Now is the Time
10:01 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Cosmic Speculation on Now is the Time

Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Even though we’re in the dead of summer, let’s take an appreciative look at the world around us on Now is the Time, Sunday, July 29th at 10 pm. McClelland and Bathory-Kitsz sing from tradition and wryness, and an excerpt from Gandolfi’s symphony on a sculpture garden is counterpoised by Adler’s classical string orchestra work. It’s American contemporary music on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.

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