It's Philadelphia's talented youth in a virtuoso program for orchestra this Sunday. Ravel's Rapsodie Espagnole, Debussy's La Mer, and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique make up the program conducted by Music Director Louis Scaglione.
The concert was recorded in performance this past June, in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, and marked the end of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's 72nd Season. Sunday, September 23, 3 to 5 pm.
American composer Arthur Farwell may not be a familiar name to many, but he was an important influence on American Music at the turn of the 20th century. Farwell took up Antonin Dvorak's challenge to Americans to find their own musical voices, and used music of Native Americans and words of American poets as inspiration for his own unique voice. He also pioneered the publishing of American composers and poets through his famed Wa-Wan Press. Sunday, September 23rd from 5 to 6 pm. Baritone Thomas Hampson is your host.
It’s the stuff of earth and of life on Now is the Time, Sunday, September 23rd at 10 pm. A solo piano rocks, and water meets stone at a Mediterranean coast. Michael Gandolfi interprets the garden where natural geometry gives way to physics. Brooks plays with air and percussion, and Mason Bates composes Elements for Philadelphia’s Mimi Stillman and Charles Abramovic.
Now is the Time means American contemporary music on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.
Renée Fleming sings the title role of this melodically rich bel canto masterpiece. A femme fatale, renowned for her ruthless pursuit of power, reveals poignant vulnerability when she comes face to face with her long-lost son. Saturday, September 22, 1 to 3:15 pm
WRTI's Jeff Duperon attended the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival. The 33rd year of the event, presented by Chrysler, featured a one-of-a-kind lineup of today’s greatest jazz performers. The performers at this year’s Festival have been nominated for, and won, more than 200 Grammy Awards, composed film scores, and traveled the world to perform.
Bassist, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Marcus Miller will discuss his new release, Renaissance, Friday, September 21st at 6:45 pm. Marcus is performing Sunday, September 23rd at World Café Live in Philadelphia.
Best known for his work with Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, Marcus has also maintained a prolific solo career. Tune in for an in-depth conversation!
A sprawling band of musicians from NYC, whose prodigious personnel allows them to freely juggle a wide swath of the experimental soul-jazz-hip hop spectrum, Burnt Sugar moves amongst many styles, eras and genres to devise its own exciting hybrids while honoring its deepest inspirations: the first post-modernists of American music including Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, Parliament Funkadelic and The Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Three major names in Jazz get to share most of the Big Band Jazz hour this week. There's a rare Coltrane performance with Art Blakey, Ray with Quincy Jones, and Frank with his own band as well as with Basie. Tune in this Sunday, 7 to 8 pm.
Both Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan recorded Gershwin songbook albums in the late 1950s. The first hour of Voices in Jazz this week will feature recordings from both of these famous jazz singers.
Each will sing stunning versions of "Embraceable You" - and even Louis Armstrong gets to squeeze in a couple of duets with Ella. Also, a rebroadcast of an interview with Carolyn Nelson, a Philadelphia-area singer performing songs from her Come A Little Closer CD. Sunday, September 23rd, 3 to 6 pm on the all-jazz stream and WRTI HD-2.