You can't help but love Jerome Kern's Show Boat! Created in 1927, this seminal masterpiece gave American musical theater and opera a new voice — one with powerful subject matter, astonishing musical variety, and an unmistakably American atmosphere. It's one memorable, heart-wrenching song after another : “Ol’ Man River”...“Make Believe”...“You Are Love”...“Bill”...“Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”
Nathan Gunn and Ashley Brown star in this production. Join us on Saturday, June 16th from 1 to 4 pm.
Join host Jeff Duperon this Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd as WRTI broadcasts live from the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington, Delaware. Jeff will speak with festival artists and organizers to give you the inside scoop on one of the region's premier jazz festivals.
6:00 PM - Valerie Capers
7:30 PM - Special Awards Presentations and Performances
9:00 PM -Jane Monheit with special guest Mark O'Connor
Tune in Friday, June 15th at 6:45 pm for an in-depth conversation with jazz pianist Marc Cary; we'll discuss the origins of Go-Go Jazz. Marc will appear at the Chicken Bone Beach Summer Jazz Series in Atlantic City on Saturday, June 16th.
Tune in this Sunday from 7 to 8 pm for Philadelphia Big Bands. From Elliot Lawrence in the '50s to Sun Ra Jazz Arkestra in the '60s, through Temple University's Jazz Band with Terell Stafford today - we'll be swingin' all hour long!
It was 100 years ago that Leopold Stokowski, a young, up-and-coming conductor, became the music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra - transforming the ensemble, practically overnight, into a world-class organization. In his 28 years in Philadelphia, Stokowski presented American premieres of countless works, and was responsible for many “firsts” - from the first electrical recording, to the first commercially sponsored radio broadcast (1929), to the first series of concerts for children.
This is the second broadcast in The Crossing's Month of Moderns series, featuring a world-premiere collaboration with Network for New Music. The 2000 Pulitzer Prize-winner Lewis Spratlan composed a concert-length work for The Crossing; Hesperus is Phosphorus loosely takes the form of a kind of secular vespers – a passage, or crossing, through the philosophical and spiritual canyons of our time. Drawing on the words of American poets, playwrights, and physicists, Spratlan’s music explores growth and loss in our ever-expanding world of discovery.