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.
Vienna’s richest man is planning an incredible party - and you're invited on Saturday, June 9th from 1 to 4 pm. First, guests will enjoy a serious opera (the Prima Donna plays Ariadne, who’s ready to die on the island of Naxos because her lover’s jilted her). Then comes a ribald comedy, starring saucy Zerbinetta (who has a Ph.D. in flirting). And finally, there’s to be a pyrotechnic display.
Violin, viola, cello, and even a double bass getting busy. Joshua Bell makes an appearance on Sunday, June 10th at 10 pm on the all-classical stream and WRTI HD-2.
PROGRAM: Dylan Mattingly: Lighthouse (Refugee Music by a Pacific Expatriate) John Musto: Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano Dennis Bathory-Kitsz: Northsea Balletic Spicebush James Aikman: Sonata No. 1, for Violin and Piano Andy Teirstein: Maramures
Join us on Sunday, June 3rd, 3 to 5 pm, as Jeri Lynne Johnson conducts the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in an exciting program covering 200 years of music. Works by Astor Piazzola, Adolphus Hailstork, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint George.
Jeri Lynne Johnson, conductor Luigi Mazzochi, violin Jeremy Kesselman, oboe
It's music of night and longing, with works by internationally known composers, and a lovely orchestral piece from Philadelphia composer Juliette Stango, on Sunday, June 3rd at 10 pm on the all-classical stream and WRTI HD-2.
Join us on Saturday, June 2nd from 5 to 6 pm for a look into the life of composer and conductor Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Even though descended from the Wedgwood family of pottery fame, and with Charles Darwin as a grand-uncle, Ralph Vaughan Williams was more common man than society type. The world-famous composer and esteemed professor at the Royal College of Music was once mistaken for a vagabond in his own hometown, dressed in ragged clothes and pushing a cart gathering aluminum for the war effort.
Tune in on Saturday, June 2nd, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, as WRTI's Jill Pasternak hosts a one-hour live broadcast from Macy's, with Wanamaker Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte and guests Peter Krasinski and Robert Plimpton, featured in a concert of thrilling organ masterworks. Details Here