Gustav Mahler famously remarked that the symphony "must be like the world - it must embrace everything." This explains those disjunct themes delightfully butting against each other in his symphonies. What is often forgotten is that he said this to disagree with Jean Sibelius, who told Mahler that every part of a symphony must have a logical, ruthless interconnection with every other part. Not the world, replies Sibelius: a symphony is like the earth.
As a sommelier, my job is to pair wines with a guest's dinner - to find the perfect wine that speaks to that guest, but also matches the flavors and textures of a dish from my chef. I fell into the world of wine while trying to build my first career; before I ever picked up a decanter professionally, I spent my evenings delving into the works of Mahler, Stravinsky and Reich as a professional percussionist.--From Sommelier Aaron Sherman for NPR
Get ready for a Thanksgiving day filled with the sounds of American music during classical hours. We'll play a traditional array of works by American composers, including Copland, Gershwin, Bernstein, and more. On November 25th, and 26th you'll hear music written and/or performed by some of the leading musical families of the past 300 years. Join us!
From the Bach family, the Scarlatti family, the Viennese Strausses, the Jarve family of conductors and others, it will be a great family event.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of your friends at WRTI.
Join us on November 24th and 25th during jazz hours for a splendidly "standard" Thanksgiving; we'll page through the Great American Songbook to celebrate one of the great American holidays. From Gershwin and Porter compositions to tunes that the jazz giants made standard, the music will be the perfect companion to your Thanksgiving feast.
Two young musicians from our community will be featured on FROM THE TOP on Sunday, November 20th at 2 pm: 18-year-old trumpeter Jacob Hernandez and 16-year-old violinist Amy Semes. Don't miss it!
Join us for a very special edition of From the Top! The show broadcasts from the Ocean City, NJ Music Pier (recorded this past August 30th), featuring Jacob Hernandez from Philadelphia, and Amy Semes from Broomall.
Nadia Boulanger is well known to musicians, being the Parisian teacher of many American composers, most notably Aaron Copland. But her younger sister, Lili, excelled as a composer despite battling sickness most of her life. She eventually succumbed to Crohn's Disease at the much-too-young age of 24.
Listen between 6 am and 6 pm on Saturday, November 12th
You're invited to a spectacular 12-hour day of opera featuring beloved arias, choruses, and ballet excerpts culminating in a historic Met Opera recording of Verdi's IL TROVATORE at 1 pm with tenor Franco Corelli and soprano Leontyne Price. Hosted by WRTI's Rolf Charlston, Jill Pasternak, Jack Moore, Jim Cotter, and Susan Lewis, this special day will also showcase some wonderful thank-you gifts, and include some fun surprises.
Milan's La Scala...London's Royal Opera House...Barcelona's Gran Teatre de Liceu. Enter our Opera Around the Globe Contest on WRTI's Opera Day, November 12th between 6 am and 6 pm, and you could win 10 tickets to the Bryn Mawr Film Institute's live screenings of four operas from these revered opera houses, and more!