Temple University faculty member emeritus and WRTI founder John Roberts passed away on Thursday, March 8th at his home in Rydal. Mr. Roberts was 94. In addition to being an educator and broadcast pioneer, he was also a radio and television news commentator, and an inductee to the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame.
An amazing new documentary film is a must-see not just for music lovers, but for anyone who needs to see the nourishing power of the arts and human connections. Kinshasa Symphony takes us into the everyday lives of the members of a most unlikely ensemble: the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste, located in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo - a place ravaged by war, endemic poverty, and corruption.
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.