An ancient Roman seeking signs from the flights of birds would climb the Janiculum hill, overlooking the city from the west, across the Tiber. If an augur had been stationed there in 1921, he might just as well have considered the progress of a young Howard Hanson, from Wahoo, Nebraska, son of Swedish immigrants, and the first winner of the American Rome Prize for musical composition. Hanson lived for three years at the American Academy in Rome, which sits on that very hill.
Anthony Hopkins has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and has played Richard I, Richard Nixon, monarchs, statesmen, geniuses and heroes. He won an Academy Award playing one of the most notorious movie villains in history: Hannibal Lecter, the criminal cannibal with an affinity for Bach. Now, Hopkins is making his own music. His newly released CD, Composer, has rocketed to the top of the U.K. classical charts.
Join Maureen Malloy for the broadcast of one of the concert events of the season! It's a celebration of a true Philadelphia "son of jazz," - trumpeter Lee Morgan. And what makes this concert so special? Another Philadelphia "son of jazz" heads up the tribute - trumpeter Terell Stafford.
David Patrick Stearns profiles soprano Angela Meade while she was a student at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Meade is now a fast-rising star in the opera world. She sings Elvira in the Met Opera's ERNANI - on WRTI on Saturday, February 25 at 1 pm.
Joseph Calleja sings in the best opera houses and enjoys the career of an opera star - although he doesn't think of himself that way. Maybe that's why he's hosting this record release party and concert for his new album, The Maltese Tenor, at one of Greenwich Village's hippest music clubs, (Le) Poisson Rouge. He's invited a few friends, too - violinist Daniel Hope and fellow opera singers Luca Pisaroni and Katie Van Kooten, as well as an orchestra and conductor.--From NPR Music
If you can't make the trek to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, Maureen Malloy will bring Mardi Gras to you! Join her from 9 pm to midnight on February 21st for the best of the music of New Orleans.?From Louis Armstrong, to the Marsalis family, to the Rebirth Brass Band and everyone in between, you'll hear the music that will make you feel like it's 75 degrees outside and you're at a parade!
Love is in the air, and on the air on WRTI. You're in store for a very romantic Valentine's week when you tune in or listen online between February 13th and 15th. It's classical and jazz romantic music from the heart - wrapped with love - from us to you!
Romantic Music with Dave, Jack, and Jill February 13th and 14th 6 am to 6 pm