Join Thomas Hampson for a program showcasing the songs of Stephen Foster. "Stephen Foster's music is the trunk of the tree of American song, sturdy with songs we love to sing," says Hampson. In this program he interviews Ken Emerson, author of Doo-Dah! Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture. They'll explore Foster's music, the varied artistic roots he drew from, and the musical branches that grew from his work.
It's our monthly visit with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia this Sunday from 5 to 6 pm. Music Director Dirk Brosse conducts Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture, the Valse Triste of Sibelius, and Schumann's Cello Concerto. Guest soloist is Sara Sant'Ambrogio.
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!