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.
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.
Plácido Domingo sings the title role in Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, a grand-scale study of power and treachery that finds an emotional center in the tender bond between father and daughter. Join us on Saturday, July 28th, 1 to 4:15 pm.
CAST: Simon Boccanegra: Placido Domingo Amelia: Ana Maria Martinez Jacopo Fiesco: Vitalij Kowaljow Gabriele Adorno: Stefano Secco Paolo Albiani: Paolo Gavanelli Pietro: Robert Pomakov CONDUCTOR: James Conlon LA OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
Many Americans have had to raise their voices to be recognized or even heard in America. In this program, on Sunday, July 29, 5 to 6 pm, you'll hear songs of African Americans and Native Americans; women, immigrants, and war resisters; and voices from the labor movement and the gay rights movement.
It's the Latin side of Stan Kenton's band this Sunday, June 29th, 7 to 8 pm on Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig.
Starting in the mid 1940s with "Tampico" and "Peanut Vendor" and with albums like Cuban Fire and Viva Kenton, this sound became a favorite with his fans. Also featured: a few alumni from the band that went on to form their own groups - guys like Pete Rugolo, Maynard Ferguson, and Bill Holman.
Whether the flute is light or dark, amiable or exotic, it's always lyrical. On Now is the Time, Sunday, July 22nd at 10 pm, we listen to flute music by William Bolcom, Elizabeth Brown, and Bright Sheng. It's American contemporary music on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.
PROGRAM: William Bolcom: Lyric Concerto Elizabeth Brown: Blue Minor Bright Sheng: Flute Moon