Academy of Vocal Arts alums, and husband and wife in real life, Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello star as Mimi and Rodolfo in Puccini's tragic, ultra-romantic opera about struggling young artists and the risks of living life on the edge in Paris around 1830.
Bramwell Tovey conducts the New York Philharmonic in an all-Tchaikovsky program - perfect summertime listening! They're joined by pianist Simon Trpčeski in a performance of the infrequently heard Piano Concerto No. 2. Selections from Act IV of Swan Lake, and the ever-popular 1812 Overture round out the program. Sunday, August 5th, 3 to 5 pm.
We'll remember singer Jeri Southern on the anniversary of her 86th birthday on Sunday, August 5th on Voices in Jazz, 3 to 6 pm on HD-2 and the jazz stream. It'll be a special hour with her songs and special guest Dick LaPalm, her one-time manager back in the 1950s. He'll share stories and remembrances of this much-admired lady of music in the 5 pm hour.
This month's show features some truly outstanding young talent playing the Wanamaker Organ. It's the second of two shows featuring students of Alan Morrison from the Curtis Institute of Music. This is an annual collaboration between Curtis and Macy's, which offers the students a week-long workshop with Peter Richard Conte at the Wanamaker Organ, exploring the Symphonic School of organ repertoire, performance, and registration.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.