WRTI Spotlight

WRTI Spotlight
5:39 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

John Blake, Jr. Remembered (1947-2014)

We have very sad news to share. Jazz violinist, improviser, composer, and educator extraordinaire John Blake, Jr. passed away today at age 67. In addition to being a sweetheart of a man, John had a fascinating career that led him to perform with Grover Washington, Jr., McCoy Tyner, Dr. Billy Taylor, Regina Carter, and the list goes on. He also gave so much of himself to thousands of students across the Philadelphia region, instilling in them his love of music and the jazz tradition. RIP, Mr. Blake. 

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
12:25 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Itzhak Perlman Conducts and Performs With The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: August 17th at 1 PM

Violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman

Classical music icon Itzhak Perlman is conductor and violin soloist in this live recorded concert from late November, 2013 at the Kimmel Center. Listen as Mr. Perlman leads the Philadelphia Orchestra and plays Beethoven’s Romance No. 1 and 2 for violin and orchestra.

Also on the program is the exquisite Philadelphia Orchestra string section playing Dvorak’s lyrical and sparkling Serenade for Strings, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, and the Brahms Academic Festival Overture.

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Jazz Hot 11 Countdown
9:26 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Dee Alexander - Now or Never - SONGS MY MOTHER LOVES   

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
7:57 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninoff with The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: August 10 at 1 PM

Yuja Wang plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 on this week's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast.

Both Sergei Rachmaninoff and Richard Strauss had long and fruitful relationships with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Rachmaninoff’s began in 1909 with his first appearance in this country at the Academy of Music. He would go on to write pieces specifically for the Orchestra, and collaborated in landmark recordings, including his Piano Concerto No. 3 that opens this Sunday's broadcast, from a concert in November, 2013.

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BP Remembers Satchmo
12:27 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Louis Armstrong: The Quintessential Man with the Horn

Louis Armstrong was to jazz what Einstein was to physics, King to Civil Rights, Shakespeare to comedy and tragedy, and Oprah to televised entertainment. He taught the trumpet to do things the instrument didn't know it was capable of doing, and he could turn a song upside down with that deep, gravelly voice; Armstrong's contributions to the advancement of jazz as an art form are inestimable. All this, accomplished by a man who was born into abject poverty at Liberty and Perdido streets in New Orleans' Third Ward - better known as "Storyville."

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
11:15 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Maestro Frühbeck de Burgos' Final Performance with The Philadelphians: August 3, 1 PM on WRTI

The esteemed conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos passed away on June 11, 2014 at age 80. He made his U.S. debut with the Orchestra on Valentine’s Day in 1969 and became a regular presence on the Orchestra’s podium.

This Sunday at 1 pm, it's a re-broadcast of an October, 2013 concert. Spanish conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos concluded his two-week Philadelphia Orchestra residency with a French afternoon of exotic, colorful music - Ravel’s Second Suite from his ballet Daphnis and Chloé, Debussy’s colorful images of a musical seascape in his most-famous work, La Mer, and showcasing German violinist Augustin Hadelich, making his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in Lalo’s exuberant Symphonie espagnole.

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Opera on WRTI
5:17 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

LA Opera on WRTI: Britten's BILLY BUDD, August 2, 1 PM

Baritone Liam Bonner sings the title role of Billy Budd, the perfect British seaman.

James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus for one of Benjamin Britten's masterpieces. Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, adapted into a libretto by English novelist E.M. Forster and writer Eric Crozier, Billy Budd tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. It's a tragedy of "sexual discharge gone evil," as Forster described it, and a work that has captivated audiences around the world since its 1951 world premiere.

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Jazz Hot 11 Countdown
11:55 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Jazz Hot 11 Countdown: July 28, 2014

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Fred Hersch Trio - Floating - FLOATING   

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WRTI Spotlight
6:59 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Lauren Lark on Sunday Jazz with Jeff Duperon: July 27, 8:30 PM

Vocalist Lauren Lark

On Sunday, July 27th at 8:30 PM, Sunday Jazz with Jeff Duperon welcomes Lauren Lark who honed her talents of singing jazz, classical, and many genres in between with a diverse concentration on linguistics including French, Portuguese, Latin, and German at The University of The Arts and has performed at numerous venues and events worldwide.
 
Lauren will discuss her latest project, “A WOMAN of ONE," This musical one-woman program showcases the many talents of the Philadelphia native Lauren Lark.
 

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Encore!
5:11 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

The Crossing - Month of Moderns, Sunday, July 27, 4 PM

The Crossing

Donald Nally conducts The Crossing in the first of three concerts from their eagerly awaited Month of Moderns Festival.  The concert features The Crossing's premiere of Ted Hearne’s Sound from the Bench; a 35-minute cantata for chamber choir, two electric guitars, and drums, with a libretto by poet Jena Osman. Recorded in June 2014, the piece was commissioned by Volti and The Crossing.

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