Be sure to join us on Saturday, April 14th, from 1 to 4 pm, for Giuseppe Verdi's eternally popular opera La Traviata - the tale of a conflicted courtesan, her devoted lover, and his disapproving father.
Join us on Saturday, April 7th from **12 noon to 4 pm (note early start time) when soprano Anna Netrebko sings the title role in Massenet's MANON. Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met's Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium. Sung in French.
Except for two years of piano studies in New York City in the late 1940s, Venezuelan Evencio Castellanos was a homegrown musician. And based on this sampling of his symphonic output, he'd seem to be his country's leading twentieth century composer. Having the melodic flow of Heitor Villa-lobos, and the rhythmic urgency of Alberto Ginastera (two fellow South Americans), these brilliantly scored works are impressive.
Put some swing into your spring...check out all of the jazz events around town this month. Plus, on WRTI we’ll broadcast special jazz tributes every night in April. You’ll hear short biographical sketches of jazz musicians (past and present) with regional ties. And after each sketch, we’ll play music from the featured artists. You’ll be able to catch our vignettes every day at 7 pm, 10 pm, 1 am, and 5 am.
Join us this Saturday, March 31st at 1 pm for the Metropolitan Opera's production of L'Elisir d'Amore. Donizetti’s melodic classic is well served by a quartet of bel canto stars: Juan Diego Flórez and Diana Damrau are the unlikely lovers, Mariusz Kwiecien the vainglorious sergeant, and Alessandro Corbelli the dispenser of the elixir.
Temple University faculty member emeritus and WRTI founder John Roberts passed away on Thursday, March 8th at his home in Rydal. Mr. Roberts was 94. In addition to being an educator and broadcast pioneer, he was also a radio and television news commentator, and an inductee to the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame.
An amazing new documentary film is a must-see not just for music lovers, but for anyone who needs to see the nourishing power of the arts and human connections. Kinshasa Symphony takes us into the everyday lives of the members of a most unlikely ensemble: the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste, located in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo - a place ravaged by war, endemic poverty, and corruption.