Often overrun by foreign powers in its thousand-year history, Poland engenders pride in people of Polish descent around the world. October is Polish American Heritage Month, and we take a look at Mieczysław Karłowicz as a representative of the hope and turmoil in the history of this country.
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Pledge at any time during the upcoming WRTI Fall Member Drive and you'll automatically be entered into a contest to win an Apple 16 GB WiFi iPad loaded with superb collections of classical music or jazz - your choice.
The Fall Drive begins on Wednesday, September 22nd, and ends when we reach our goal of $325,000.
Every pledge or entry - at any time during the Drive - is automatically entered to win an iPad. Maybe you'll be the winner!
The Belgian-born Henri Vieuxtemps stands in the center of that line of Classical and Romantic violinist composers. In fact, a chronological list of the forty most-prominent violinist composers, from the beginning (Arcangelo Corelli, b.1653) to well into the 20th century (Amadeo Roldan, b.1900) also places Vieuxtemps right in the middle, at number twenty.
WRTI will close out the summer with another nostalgic weekend featuring the best jazz vocalists and the big bands that keep you swinging.
We'll kick things off on Friday night and continue through Tuesday morning bringing you the classic vocal tunes you know and love, along with the band leaders that go way back. You'll also hear some contemporary big bands, such as the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra and the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra featuring jazz legend Jimmy Heath.
The name of Henry Cowell (1897-1965) may be unfamiliar to many classical music listeners, but Cowell is one of the biggest influences on modern American music, inspiring composers as disparate as John Cage, George Gershwin, Burt Bacharach, and generations down to this day. His own music isn't heard that often, but on this month's Discoveries we'll listen to three fascinating pieces out of his gargantuan and stylistically surprising catalog. We'll also talk to musicologist Gary Galvan, who will share some of the facets of Cowell's life and music that made him the important figure that he is.
It's a work by one of the significant names in American music, yet it hasn't been heard for 70 years - until now. We know Ferde (Ferdie) Grofe (Grof-ay) as the composer of the well-known Grand Canyon Suite, and as the original orchestrator of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue for Paul Whiteman's band. But Cafe Society is a ballet from the height of his career that fell into oblivion.
Gary White, conductor of the Philadelphia Sinfonia - the youth orchestra that recently played Cafe Society at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center - will share with us the full story behind this fanciful evocation of Prohibition-era nightlife.
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German Romantic composer and influential music critic Robert Schumann was born 200 years ago, on June 8, 1810. We'll celebrate his bicentennial birthday with a day devoted to some of his best-loved symphonic, piano, and chamber music, plus some of his less-frequently heard compositions.