Czech composers such as Dvorak, Martinu, Novak, Smetana, Stamitz, and Suk had a tremendous influence in the development of Western music. Tune in throughout the day to hear works by these composers and many others, and celebrate the 1918 creation of the Czechoslovak state. The 90th anniversary of the event will be recognized in Philadelphia on October 22 as Mayor Michael Nutter hosts the ambassadors of the Czech and Slovak Republics.
Over 200 WRTI listeners let their voices be heard on October 5 when they heard the Academy of Vocal Arts Operatic Competition on the air and then voted in our online poll for the competition's star singers.
WRTI Online Poll Winner: First Place: Cody Austin AVA's 2008 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition Winner: First Prize: Jessica Julin
Join Maureen Malloy on Wednesday, October 8 at 9:30 pm as she hosts a musical tribute to the late-great Oscar Brown Jr. The artist, lyricist, and civil rights activist would have turned 82 on October 10th.
Maureen takes you through the life and music of the man responsible for hits such as "Signifying Monkey" and "The Snake." Oscar Brown, Jr. also created lyrics for tunes such as "Work Song," "Afro Blue" and "All Blues." Join us for a musical journey as we celebrate the life of this wonderful musical spirit.
Vote In Our Online Poll for The AVA Competition's Star Singer
Let your voice be heard! Choose your favorite operatic singer from the Academy of Vocal Arts' popular Giargiari Bel Canto operatic competition when it airs on WRTI on Sunday, October 5, from 3 to 5 pm.
The actual competition will take place at the Kimmel Center on Oct. 2. The event is sold out, but you can still hear it and participate in selecting the WRTI listener favorite on Oct. 5.
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.
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.
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."
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.