WRTI Spotlight

WRTI Spotlight
10:37 am
Fri February 3, 2012

An Interview With Tenor Matthew Polenzani

David Patrick Stearns speaks with tenor Matthew Polenzani about his role in the Opera Company of Philadelphia's Rigoletto.

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1:29 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

The Crossing Choir: Works by Kile Smith

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.

More Information about The Crossing Here

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WRTI Spotlight
11:33 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Listen: Charlie Haden - A Moment of Clarity

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.

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WRTI Spotlight
1:42 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Pianist Alexis Weissenberg Dies At 82

The Bulgarian-born pianist Alexis Weissenberg, whose musical talent as a youngster probably saved his life and that of his mother, died January 8th at age 82. The dynamic pianist escaped the Nazis to build a brilliant career. Listen to the NPR story, watch a video, and read about Weissenberg Here

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
4:50 pm
Sat January 7, 2012

The Musical World of Bela Bartok

The Hungarian Fine Arts Commission told Bartok in 1911 that his opera, the only one he would ever write, was no good, not suitable for the stage. With only two singers and no set changes, Bluebeard's Castle just wasn't operatic. He'd later tinker with it some, but the immediate effect of the rejection was that, for four years, he almost completely stopped writing music. Now recognized as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, Bela Bartok--just entering the height of his powers--went into a composing blackout.


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WRTI Spotlight
11:21 am
Sun December 25, 2011

New Year's Eve with EL VIAJE: Salsa and Latin Jazz!

Saturday, December 31

9 pm to midnight

Get out your dancing shoes! Ring in the New Year with WRTI's David Ortiz, host of the fabulously popular Latin jazz program El Viaje, heard every Saturday night on WRTI.

Join David as he counts down the 35 hottest Salsa and Latin jazz releases of 2011 from 9 pm to midnight. It's the perfect music for a New Year's shindig.

From all of your friends at WRTI, here's to a happy and healthy 2012!

Happy New Year from WRTI!

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WRTI Spotlight
11:03 am
Sat December 24, 2011

New Year's from Vienna with Mariss Jansons

Sunday, January 1

4 to 6 pm

WRTI presents the Vienna Philharmonic's annual concert with the Vienna Boys Choir, recorded earlier in the day, featuring the lively and nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the Johann Strauss family and their contemporaries.

This popular annual tradition is heard in over 50 countries as the Philharmonic sends the world a New Year's greeting in the spirit of hope, friendship, and peace. The 2012 concert is led by the Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons.

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WRTI Spotlight
1:57 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Jazz Hot 11: Top 100 of 2011

Your Favorite New Jazz Releases of the Year

December 26th to 29th

9 pm to midnight

Join Maureen Malloy as she brings you the 100 songs that made the biggest splash on our weekly, listener-generated WRTI Hot 11 Countdown during 2011. Take a trip back through the year to hear the tunes you voted for and listened for every Monday night. The complete list of the Jazz Hot 11 Top 100 Jazz Tunes of 2011 will be available for you to view on Friday, December 30th - check back!

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WRTI Spotlight
3:06 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

<a href=http://www.wrti.org/beethovencontest.html>Beethoven Trivia Contest</a>

Enter today!

To view all questions to date and the complete contest rules click here.

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WRTI Spotlight
2:17 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

<a href=http://www.wrti.org/beethovencontest.html>Enter the WRTI Beethoven Contest!</a>

Five Questions to Test Your Beethoven Knowledge

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