WRTI Spotlight

WRTI Spotlight
10:27 am
Thu September 4, 2008

Invest in Music that Matters

WRTI is Your Connection to the Timeless and Enduring World of Classical Music and Jazz


You turn to WRTI for intelligently programmed music that is inspirational, soulful, majestic, and emotive.


You turn to WRTI for the familiar voices that inform and educate you about the music you're hearing.

We turn to you to keep the music on the air.


Contribute Because You Listen.

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WRTI Spotlight
4:12 pm
Tue August 19, 2008

iPod Wednesday with Two Winners is September 3

What is iPod Wednesday? That's the ONLY day WRTI will give away two 80GB iPods--your choice of an iPod loaded with some of the best classical music, or one with jazz favorites. All the work is done for you. You simply turn on your iPod and enjoy the music.

Want to win an iPod? Everyone who calls in a pledge, or pledges online ONLY on September 3 is automatically entered in the contest. Just call 1-866-809-9784, or enter contest online on September 3. Names of the two winners will be posted on our website.

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WRTI Spotlight
10:39 am
Sun August 10, 2008

BP Reveals <em>Charlie Parker's Philly Connections</em> on August 17

Public mural of Charlie Parker in the Power & Light District, Kansas City, Missouri

Tune to WRTI on Sunday, August 17 from 2 to 2:30 pm as Bob Perkins honors jazz innovator Charlie Parker during an insightful 30-minute documentary about the iconic alto sax player and his connections to the Philadelphia area. You'll hear briefly about "Bird's" youth in Kansas City, his initiation into the world of jazz, BP's personal reflections on first experiencing Parker's music, and the saxophonist's local ties.

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WRTI Spotlight
9:04 am
Mon July 28, 2008

WRTI Presents Operas Suppressed by the Third Reich on August 9

Although Viktor Ullmann died in Auschwitz, his opera lives on.

The Los Angeles Opera's Music Director James Conlon is reviving operas banned by the Nazi regime via Recovered Voices: A Lost Generation's Long-Forgotten Masterpieces.

Tune to WRTI on Saturday, August 9 from 1:30 to 5 pm to hear two one-act operas: The Broken Jug, by Viktor Ullmann (at right), and The Dwarf, by Alexander Zemlinksy.

"We must now mitigate a great injustice by working to revive the music of those whose only 'fault' was that they were Jewish, or that they were opposed to or deemed offensive by an authoritarian regime."

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WRTI Spotlight
2:38 pm
Mon July 14, 2008

Remembering Herbert von Karajan on Two Sundays in July

Herbert von Karajan

Join us for a two-part biographical portrait of the legendary Maestro on Sunday, July 20 and 27, from 3 to 5 pm.

Broadcast in recognition of the centenary of Karajan's birth, the program features recorded memories from international singers, instrumentalists, and orchestra players who performed with Karajan, and others in the music industry who knew and worked with him.

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WRTI Spotlight
11:51 am
Mon July 7, 2008

Riverwalk Jazz in July

Every Sunday from 6 to 7 pm WRTI brings you Riverwalk Jazz, featuring the Jim Cullum Jazz Band. The program celebrates the lives and music of America's top jazz musicians, past and present, with live performances and fascinating stories about the history of jazz.

Coming up this month:

July 13: Sweet Thunder: Piano Virtuoso Shelly Berg & The Jim Cullum Jazz Band

July 20: Riverboats, Roustabouts and Jazz: Life on The Mississippi

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WRTI Spotlight
1:32 pm
Sun June 29, 2008

Join us for Musical Fireworks to Celebrate America's Independence

All-American Composers During Classical Music Hours
Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6
Patriotic music, works by composers including Hershy Kay, Morton Gould, and Peter Boyer
Leroy Anderson Tribute?
Sunday, July 6?
3 to 5 pm

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WRTI Spotlight
4:10 pm
Thu June 19, 2008

Richard Rodgers' Birthday on WRTI: Saturday, June 28 from 6:30 to 11 am

Richard Rodgers

Have an "enchanted" morning with music by the Great American Songwriter Richard Rodgers on the 106th anniversary of his birth.

With nearly 1,000 songs and over 40 musicals to his credit, Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) left an indelible mark on American music and popular culture. To honor Rodgers' legacy, WRTI will play selections from some of his most popular musicals, including South Pacific, Oklahoma!, and The King and I, as well as excerpts from the Emmy-winning television documentary series Victory at Sea.

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WRTI Spotlight
3:11 pm
Mon June 16, 2008

Live Broadcast from DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival on Wednesday, June 18 from 6 to 9 pm

Tune to WRTI on June 18 when Bob Perkins brings you live performances of world-class jazz musicians including Trio 3 with Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, and Andrew Cyril, as well as The Mingus Big Band--straight from the Main Stage of the 20th Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington, Delaware.

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WRTI Spotlight
4:27 pm
Sun June 15, 2008

Celebrate the Legacy of Igor Stravinsky on his Birthday: Tuesday, June 17

Sketch of Igor Stravinsky by Pablo Picasso

One of the leading composers of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) was a musical chameleon, employing myriad musical styles and innovations throughout his career ranging from atonal serialism to neoclassicism. The Russian-born cosmopolitan spent much of his life in France and Switzerland before settling in America where he became a naturalized citizen and lived until his death in 1971.

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