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.
"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
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!
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.
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.
In this edition of Discoveries, we'll hear music by one of the leading American women composers of the mid-20th century. Elinor Remick Warren was also pianist to the stars, and the wife of a Hollywood producer. Solidly in the American Romantic tradition of Howard Hanson and Samuel Barber, there's also a streak of French impressionism shining through her music.