WRTI Spotlight

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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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
4:50 pm
Sat June 5, 2010

The Astonishing Life and Music of Paul Kletzki

Composer and conductor Paul Kletzki

Paul Kletzki's life was filled with astonishing highs and lows, and was changed forever by events in Nazi Germany and the aftermath of the Holocaust.

This month we take a look at the music of Paul Kletzki. Not his conducting - for which he is known by cognoscenti the world over - but his composing.

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WRTI Spotlight
12:44 pm
Fri June 4, 2010

Make a <i>Sound</i> Investment - Before June 30

We're So Close To Reaching Our Fiscal Year Goal...

With contributions from listeners like you - before June 30th - we'll raise the additional $150,000 needed to end the year successfully. Listeners provide the largest source of WRTI's funding. And the music comes your way because of the actions of one listener at a time. Thank you so much, if you've contributed recently. But if you haven't, please do your part by calling 1-866-809-9784, or contribute online.

It will only take a minute or two, but will have a long-lasting impact!

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WRTI Spotlight
9:53 am
Mon May 31, 2010

Robert Schumann Bicentennial Celebration: Tuesday, June 8

German Romantic composer and influential music critic Robert Schumann was born 200 years ago, on June 8, 1810. We'll celebrate his bicentennial birthday with a day devoted to some of his best-loved symphonic, piano, and chamber music, plus some of his less-frequently heard compositions.

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WRTI Spotlight
3:51 pm
Sat May 22, 2010

American Music on Memorial Day Weekend

"Great Singers and Big Swingers" Through Memorial Day Weekend
You'll be swinging all weekend long during jazz hours with your favorite classic big bands and vocalists, plus some of the contemporary big bands and jazz orchestras that have recently been on our Jazz Hot 11 Countdown.

American Classical Music on Memorial Day
Monday, May 31, 10 am to 3 pm

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WRTI Spotlight
2:28 pm
Fri May 21, 2010

The Spring Member Drive is Over: Thank You for Supporting the Music!

More than 2,588 members turned their passion into pledges during the Spring Membership Drive, contributing $243,984 to keep classical music and jazz alive on WRTI. The Drive was a success because of each and every person who decided to stand up for the music. Thank you to everyone who pledged!

If you missed your chance to make a contribution, it's not too late. Pledge now and we'll still say thank you with one of our fabulous Spring Membership Drive gifts.

Thank you again for making WRTI's Spring Drive a success!

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
11:59 am
Sat May 1, 2010

Native American Orchestral Works

Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate is a fast-rising composer.

Works by Edward MacDowell, Curt Cacioppo, and Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate

One of the ways to understand a nation's music is to listen to the music of its indigenous peoples. On this Discoveries we'll hear music written by, and inspired by, Native Americans.

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
12:43 pm
Sat April 3, 2010

Works by Hugo Alfven - Swedish Painter of Sound

Works by Hugo Alfven

Composers write music about love all the time. Hugo Alfven - urbane, well-trained, and rising in all the right circles - began one such piece as a young man in his twenties. It so overwhelmed him, however, that 20 years later it had mutated into a craggy three-quarter-hour symphony of four movements played without break, a luxuriant, ardent, and stunning wordless tale of such power that some critics thought it too suggestive for public performance.

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WRTI Spotlight
10:24 am
Sun March 28, 2010

A Special Celebration of Jazz Giants Throughout April

Vocalist Julie London

April is Jazz Appreciation Month - and we're celebrating with special tributes to jazz artists at 7 pm, 10 pm, 1 am, and 4 am every day of April. Each week there will be a different theme.

Starting off with a rhythm-filled week of the finest drummers in jazz, we'll then move to the horn players, the pianists, and the masters of the reeds. In honor of Duke Ellington's birthday on the 29th, we'll showcase the great bandleaders. And finally, vocalists will serenade you through the weekends of April.

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