from St. Thomas (1956). Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone; Max Roach, drums; Tommy Flanagan, piano; Doug Watkins, bass
To celebrate WRTI's 60 years on the air, we've selected some of your favorite pieces and put them together in one fabulous collection as our thanks to you—our loyal listeners!
Our exclusive 60th Anniversary Commemorative Jazz Collection includes one great composition after another: straight-ahead, organ jazz, hard bop, and contemporary. Many of your favorite artists—Coltrane, Dizzy, Cannonball, Heath Brothers, and McCoy Tyner, just to name a few—are represented. It's the WRTI listening experience in a jewel case!
Here's a show not to be missed! One of Philadelphia's star jazz residents, pianist Orrin Evans, will perform on September 11th with his Likemind Collective at World Cafe Live. Some super-talented jazz artists will showcase their latest works and keep you smiling. The Likemind Collective includes Evans, bassist Eric Revis, drummer Nasheet Waits, vocalist J.D. Walter, and saxophonist Oliver Lake.
Big Band Jazz is featuring an hour of live recordings this Sunday evening at 7 pm. From England to New England...Vegas to The Village Vanguard, you'll hear lots of great performances from Buddy Rich, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and more. Join us!
The tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet inspired some of Shakespeare's finest verse—and some of Bellini's most beautiful melodies. "An opera of definite dramatic appeal" (The New York Times) awash in "music of extraordinary grace" (All Music Guide), this bel canto masterpiece features international stars Joyce DiDonato, a singer of "glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace and remarkable talent," and Nicole Cabell, who "wields her radiant lyric soprano like a silken lasso" (The New York Times).
Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection broadcasts Saturday, September 7th, 5 to 6 pm. The two most famous composers for whom 2013 is a bicentennial are Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi. They were born in 1813, but in the spirit of Discoveries we’ll dig a little deeper to see what else happened that year.
Wagner’s Wesendonck songs and Siegfried Idyll are his only non-operatic works heard with any regularity these days. The songs are also unusual among his output because the words are by someone else (most of the time he set his own texts).
Soprano Barbara Hannigan's conversation with WRTI's Susan Lewis.
Simon Rattle will be on the podium this Sunday at 2 PM for a performance from late May of Beethoven’s "Pastoral" Symphony, with its vivid scenes of gathering thunderstorms, wandering brooks, and breezy country sides.
We’ll also hear Webern's Passacaglia and three fragments from Alban Berg's shattering opera Wozzeck, both of which received their U.S. premieres in Philadelphia as part of Stokowski's vision for 20th-century music.
Soprano Barbara Hannigan, in her Philadelphia Orchestra debut, will perform scenes from Ligeti's thrilling opera, Le Grande Macabre, in character as the Chief of the Secret Political Police. Her performance, vocally, dramatically, and comically, was one of the highlights of the season!
During intermission, Susan Lewis's interview with the versatile and supremely gifted Barbara Hannigan is not to be missed! Gregg Whiteside is host and producer. That's this Sunday, September 8th from 2 to 4 PM.
Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts one of the supreme monuments in Western music, and the work that initiated the great rediscovery of Bach’s music when the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn conducted it in Berlin in 1829 – the St. Matthew Passion.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur bring a flood of memories, many of them associated with music. In this one-hour special, the superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman shares a wide variety of recordings that have special meaning for him, including several of his own performances.
Ranging from classical gems to cantorial singing to raucous klezmer fiddling, the music will spark warm associations and an emotional response for all listeners. Hear this beautiful music on Saturday, Sept. 7th, 4 to 5 pm.