A legend has been lost. WRTI's beloved and long-time jazz host Harrison Ridley, Jr. passed away on Thursday, February 19th after a brief illness. His station colleagues mourn his death and celebrate his life. Will Mr. Ridley be immensely missed? His signature expression says it all: "Yes Indeedy!"
Alexander Glazunov combined the spice of Russian nationalism with the smoothness of European symphonic music. On this edition of Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, we'll hear the music of this transitional and important figure, the student of Rimsky-Korsakov, and the teacher of Shostakovich.
Dave Conant and Maureen Malloy Accept National Award in NYC The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) recently honored WRTI with the ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award for outstanding classical music and jazz programming. Dave Conant and Maureen Malloy accepted the award during a ceremony in December at The Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
As you review the many organizations deserving financial support this time of year, please consider everything WRTI brings to your life, and how classical and jazz programming benefits the community. Over 350,000 listeners depend on WRTI each week. Your year-end, tax-deductible gift, no matter the amount, is essential in keeping the music alive in 2009.
Tune in for an unforgettable afternoon on Sunday, December 7 from noon to 2 pm when WRTI's Dave Conant and Settlement Music School Executive Director Robert Capanna co-host a live broadcast of the school's final event in their year-long centennial celebration. The broadcast will feature performances by alumni, faculty and students, and interviews with distinguished guests.
The Met Opera's season of broadcasts–the longest-running continuous classical program in radio history–just began its 78th season. WRTI will bring Lincoln Center to your living room, car, kitchen, or wherever you happen to be tuning in, every Saturday afternoon from now until April 25.
Tune in on Saturday, November 22 from 6 am to 6 pm when WRTI brings you a day of operatic delight! The fun will include the broadcast of a historic and critically acclaimed recording of Puccini's La Boheme at 1:30 pm, special episodes of Crossover and Creatively Speaking (featuring archival interviews with Renee Fleming and Kiri Te Kanawa, and a recent profile of Angela Meade) and a variety of opera favorites all day.
Tune in on Sunday, November 9 from 2 to 2:30 pm for Charlie Parker and His Philadelphia Connections, a documentary about the great alto saxophonist and jazz icon Charlie "Yardbird" Parker and his Philly ties during the late '40s and early '50s.?