WRTI Spotlight

WRTI Spotlight
4:45 pm
Thu October 21, 2010

Tonight: <i>SCARY</i> Music for Halloween!

On Kile Smith's Now is the Time show on WRTI HD-2 and the all-classical web stream, you're in for a mystical night of contemporary American music on All Hallows' Eve - Sunday, October 31st, 10 to 11 pm.

Watch and Listen: In The Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg

Program for Now is the Time:

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WRTI Spotlight
1:18 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Maureen Malloy Recommends...

Charmaine Clamor: Something Good

Here's a CD review about a new release from "The Filipino Sarah Vaughan" from jazz host Maureen "Mo" Malloy. You can count on Mo to share the "good stuff" with you every week!

America's leading Filipina jazz and world vocalist Charmaine Clamor has released another album that maintains the true jazz spirit, and introduces American audiences to Filipino musical traditions. On Something Good, Clamor brings her own interpretations to American standards and Filipino melodies.

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
4:14 pm
Mon October 4, 2010

Works by Mieczysław Karłowic

Composer Mieczysław Karłowicz

Often overrun by foreign powers in its thousand-year history, Poland engenders pride in people of Polish descent around the world. October is Polish American Heritage Month, and we take a look at Mieczysław Karłowicz as a representative of the hope and turmoil in the history of this country.

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WRTI Spotlight
12:47 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

iPad Contest on WRTI Starts on September 22nd

Would You Love to Win an iPad? Here's Your Chance!

Pledge at any time during the upcoming WRTI Fall Member Drive and you'll automatically be entered into a contest to win an Apple 16 GB WiFi iPad loaded with superb collections of classical music or jazz - your choice.

The Fall Drive begins on Wednesday, September 22nd, and ends when we reach our goal of $325,000.

Every pledge or entry - at any time during the Drive - is automatically entered to win an iPad. Maybe you'll be the winner!

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
3:18 pm
Sat September 4, 2010

Influential Violinist Composer Henri Vieuxtemps and an Interview with Violinist Misha Keylin

Violinist Misha Keylin

The Belgian-born Henri Vieuxtemps stands in the center of that line of Classical and Romantic violinist composers. In fact, a chronological list of the forty most-prominent violinist composers, from the beginning (Arcangelo Corelli, b.1653) to well into the 20th century (Amadeo Roldan, b.1900) also places Vieuxtemps right in the middle, at number twenty.

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WRTI Spotlight
12:09 pm
Sun August 22, 2010

Labor Day Weekend Jazz: Great Singers and Big Swingers

WRTI will close out the summer with another nostalgic weekend featuring the best jazz vocalists and the big bands that keep you swinging.

We'll kick things off on Friday night and continue through Tuesday morning bringing you the classic vocal tunes you know and love, along with the band leaders that go way back. You'll also hear some contemporary big bands, such as the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra and the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra featuring jazz legend Jimmy Heath.

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
4:00 pm
Sat August 14, 2010

Composer Henry Cowell's Astounding Influence on Modern American Music

The name of Henry Cowell (1897-1965) may be unfamiliar to many classical music listeners, but Cowell is one of the biggest influences on modern American music, inspiring composers as disparate as John Cage, George Gershwin, Burt Bacharach, and generations down to this day. His own music isn't heard that often, but on this month's Discoveries we'll listen to three fascinating pieces out of his gargantuan and stylistically surprising catalog. We'll also talk to musicologist Gary Galvan, who will share some of the facets of Cowell's life and music that made him the important figure that he is.

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WRTI Spotlight
12:33 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

<a><h3>Vote for Your Favorite Classical Work!</h3></a>

Starting tomorrow, vote for your favorite classical work. We'll tally your votes and the top 30 will be presented in our first-ever Labor Day Weekend Classical Countdown.

We want to hear what moves, thrills, or inspires you. Is it a Beethoven symphony? A Vivaldi concerto? A Puccini aria? You name it!

Remember: voting starts - right here - on July 31st. Spread the word...

Voting starts July 31st.

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
1:34 pm
Sat July 3, 2010

An American Ballet Score Lost and Found

American composer Ferde Grofe in 1937

Ferde Grofe's Cafe Society: Lost and Found

It's a work by one of the significant names in American music, yet it hasn't been heard for 70 years - until now. We know Ferde (Ferdie) Grofe (Grof-ay) as the composer of the well-known Grand Canyon Suite, and as the original orchestrator of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue for Paul Whiteman's band. But Cafe Society is a ballet from the height of his career that fell into oblivion.

Gary White, conductor of the Philadelphia Sinfonia - the youth orchestra that recently played Cafe Society at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center - will share with us the full story behind this fanciful evocation of Prohibition-era nightlife.

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