WRTI Spotlight

WRTI Spotlight
9:23 am
Sat June 13, 2009

Works by Norwegian Composer and Pianist Edvard Grieg on His Birthday: Monday, June 15

Throughout the day, WRTI brings you works by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), the Norwegian classical music icon. Renowned as a nationalist composer, Grieg's many short pieces for piano - often based on Norwegian folk tunes and dances - led some to call him the "Chopin of the North."

"Norwegian folk life, Norwegian sagas, Norwegian history, and above all Norwegian nature have had a profound influence on my creative work ever since my youth." - Edvard Grieg, 1900

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WRTI Spotlight
9:20 am
Mon June 8, 2009

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

With contributions from listeners like you - before June 30th - we'll raise the remaining $100,000 needed to end the year successfully.

All the great music you hear on WRTI is created with only 12 notes. Take one of those notes away and what's left? You have 11 notes. But much less music can be composed with just one fewer note. The dynamics of supporting WRTI work in a similar way. Your one pledge is as important to WRTI as every note in the musical scale is to a composer.

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WRTI Spotlight
2:31 pm
Sun June 7, 2009

Benny Goodman's Centennial: Celebrate with WRTI

Tune in or listen online on Sunday June 7th from 7 to 8 pm when we honor the memory of "The King of Swing."

May 30th marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benny Goodman, born Benjamin David Goodman in Chicago in 1909. Mr. Goodman holds an iconic place in American culture - not only as a jazz legend, but also as a cultural ambassador and humanitarian.

WRTI pays homage to the great clarinetist and bandleader whose interest in music spanned both jazz and classical genres.

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
4:08 pm
Sat June 6, 2009

Works by Holbrooke and Vaughan Williams

Josef Holbrooke

Josef Holbrooke (1878-1958): The Viking, Poem No. 2 for Orchestra, op. 32 (1900)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): English Folk Song Suite (1923) arr. Gordon Jacob

Josef Holbrooke: Three Blind Mice, Symphonic Variations on an old English Air, op. 37, no. 1 (1900)

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WRTI Spotlight
2:37 pm
Fri May 15, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend on WRTI

Memorial Day Weekend on WRTI

Friday, May 22 to Tuesday morning, May 26

Classical Music Fans: Enjoy a Weekend with All-American Composers and Patriotic Music
You'll hear works by Copland, Gershwin, Sousa, and others, plus patriotic music honoring America's service men and women.

We'll honor the memory of opera legend Beverly Sills on her birthday - Monday, May 25th. The famous soprano would have turned 80.

Jazz Lovers: Tune in for a Great Singers and Big Swingers Weekend
Get set for your favorite classic and contemporary big bands and vocalists.

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WRTI Spotlight
2:34 pm
Wed April 1, 2009

Jazz Appreciation Month on WRTI: Honoring America's Jazz Giants

April is Jazz Appreciation Month

In April, WRTI is paying homage to jazz artists who helped make the American art form so widely recognized. Each week we'll spotlight different artists who were the masters of their crafts, 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, we'll showcase the great bandleaders. And finally, vocalists will serenade you through your weekends.

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WRTI Spotlight
4:15 pm
Tue March 31, 2009

WRTI Spring Membership Drive 2009 Sweepstakes Rules

You could win a pair (2) of reserved box?tickets to the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, for the Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang Concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra on July 30th.?

A pair (2) of reserved box concert tickets will be given away in the sweepstakes.? The estimated fair market value of this item is $150. Ten winners in all. ??No substitution of a cash value prize will be permitted.? If the winner declines the prize, no other prize will be offered.

1.? How to Enter

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WRTI Spotlight
11:08 am
Mon March 30, 2009

A Duke Ellington Birthday Party in Memory of Harrison Ridley, Jr.

One of Harrison's favorite musicians was the Duke

Join us on Sunday, April 26th at 8 pm for a toast to the late Dr. Harrison Ridley, Jr., who passed away in February. During The Historical Approach to the Positive Music, Jeff Duperon will be your host for a dual tribute: our tribute to Harrison with highlights from the archives of his show, and a tribute to one of Harrison's favorite musicians, Duke Ellington.

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WRTI Spotlight
9:40 am
Mon March 30, 2009

Celebrate Sergei Rachmaninoff's Birthday on April 1

Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff was a composer, pianist, and conductor

Tune in or listen online on Wednesday, April 1st between 6 am and 6 pm to hear many of the beloved Russian composer's works, including some of his famous solo piano compositions.

"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music" -- Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

A Taste of What You'll Hear on April 1st:

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WRTI Spotlight
3:14 pm
Mon March 23, 2009

BP's Look at the Life of Pianist Ray Bryant

Pianist Ray Bryant is featured on BP's jazz show on March 29th at 1 pm.

Join WRTI's Bob Perkins on Sunday, March 29th at 1 pm as he takes an in-depth look at the interesting musical life of pianist and composer Ray Bryant. A Philly native, Bryant began his climb to stardom right here in 1951 playing at some of the most happening jazz clubs at that time with greats such as Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Miles was so impressed with the young pianist that, in 1955, he asked him to record with him in New York City along with other jazz legends.

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