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.
Joseph Calleja sings in the best opera houses and enjoys the career of an opera star - although he doesn't think of himself that way. Maybe that's why he's hosting this record release party and concert for his new album, The Maltese Tenor, at one of Greenwich Village's hippest music clubs, (Le) Poisson Rouge. He's invited a few friends, too - violinist Daniel Hope and fellow opera singers Luca Pisaroni and Katie Van Kooten, as well as an orchestra and conductor.--From NPR Music
If you can't make the trek to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, Maureen Malloy will bring Mardi Gras to you! Join her from 9 pm to midnight on February 21st for the best of the music of New Orleans.?From Louis Armstrong, to the Marsalis family, to the Rebirth Brass Band and everyone in between, you'll hear the music that will make you feel like it's 75 degrees outside and you're at a parade!
Love is in the air, and on the air on WRTI. You're in store for a very romantic Valentine's week when you tune in or listen online between February 13th and 15th. It's classical and jazz romantic music from the heart - wrapped with love - from us to you!
Romantic Music with Dave, Jack, and Jill February 13th and 14th 6 am to 6 pm
Rimsky-Korsakov was not a man given to high praise. So when he wrote the words "Not bad" in his diary about the music of one of his students, that was unusually complimentary. The student was Igor Stravinsky.
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971). Symphony No. 1 (1907). Scottish National Orchestra, Sir Alexander Gibson. Chandos 8345, CD1, Tr 1-4. 33:14
Igor Stravinsky. Capriccio (1929). Geoffrey Tozer, piano, Orc hestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Jarvi. Chandos 9238, Tr 8-10. 16:59
Be sure to join us from 3 to 5 pm on Sunday, January 22nd for a special treat - concert broadcasts of the 24-voice chamber choir The Crossing, led by Donald Nally. This month, you'll hear performances of Kile Smith's Vespers (with Piffaro, the Renaissance wind band), Where Flames a Word, and The Waking Sun (with Tempesta di Mare).
All three of these performances were recorded at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia.
The venerable bassist Charlie Haden is a jazz legend. He started as a singer on his family's country radio show when he was just 2 years old. After losing his voice to polio as a teenager, he found a new voice by picking up the bass. This week, Charlie Haden was inducted into the NEA 2012 class of Jazz Masters. His new album, Coming Home is a collaboration with the late pianist Hank Jones - a recording of 14 spirituals, hymns, and folk songs.