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.?
Czech composers such as Dvorak, Martinu, Novak, Smetana, Stamitz, and Suk had a tremendous influence in the development of Western music. Tune in throughout the day to hear works by these composers and many others, and celebrate the 1918 creation of the Czechoslovak state. The 90th anniversary of the event will be recognized in Philadelphia on October 22 as Mayor Michael Nutter hosts the ambassadors of the Czech and Slovak Republics.
Over 200 WRTI listeners let their voices be heard on October 5 when they heard the Academy of Vocal Arts Operatic Competition on the air and then voted in our online poll for the competition's star singers.
WRTI Online Poll Winner: First Place: Cody Austin AVA's 2008 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition Winner: First Prize: Jessica Julin
Join Maureen Malloy on Wednesday, October 8 at 9:30 pm as she hosts a musical tribute to the late-great Oscar Brown Jr. The artist, lyricist, and civil rights activist would have turned 82 on October 10th.
Maureen takes you through the life and music of the man responsible for hits such as "Signifying Monkey" and "The Snake." Oscar Brown, Jr. also created lyrics for tunes such as "Work Song," "Afro Blue" and "All Blues." Join us for a musical journey as we celebrate the life of this wonderful musical spirit.