WRTI Spotlight

WRTI Spotlight
2:11 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

JAZZ: The 1959 Sound

This has been an important year for jazz anniversaries: Blue Note turned 70, Prestige turned 60 and, of course, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue turned 50. All of these accomplished innovators have one thing in common - they were turning out extremely influential jazz in the year 1959.

On Sunday, July 26th at 7 pm, WRTI presents a one-hour program highlighting some of the classic recordings from that magical year.

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
3:20 pm
Sat July 4, 2009

Works by Russian Composer Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894)

Anton Rubinstein changed the face of Russia with an educational system that continues to produce generations of musicians.

Works by Anton Rubinstein

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WRTI Spotlight
3:23 pm
Mon June 29, 2009

Musical Fireworks on July 4th Weekend

All-American Weekend During Classical Music Hours

Great Singers and Big Swingers Weekend During Jazz Hours

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WRTI Spotlight
1:09 pm
Wed June 17, 2009

Met Opera Nat'l Council Auditions Final Concert on WRTI: Sunday, June 28

Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor from Durham, North Carolina, was one of the finalists in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions final concert.

Hear the "Creme de la Creme" of North America's young opera singers compete in the final concert that ends the long, competitive journey to the fabled Metropolitan Opera stage in New York City.

Eight finalists, between the ages of 20 and 30 years old, were selected from nearly 1,800 singers who participated in the auditions. They competed in The Grand Finals Concert last February at Lincoln Center. WRTI presents a recording of the concert on Sunday, June 28th from 3 to 5 pm.

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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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