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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrate the musical dynasty of the Bach Family from Monday, March 16 to Saturday, March 21. Tune in or listen online from Monday through Thursday, when you'll hear a variety of works by Johann Sebastian and his sons Carl Phillip Emanuel, Wilhelm Friedemann, Johann Christian, and others. On Friday and Saturday, we'll celebrate J. S.'s birth (March 21, 1685) with some of his best-loved works, and lesser-known masterpieces.
Tune in or listen online on Sunday, March 22nd at 7 pm for a one-hour special program exploring the creation and impact of Miles Davis' landmark album Kind of Blue, the best-selling jazz album of all time.
Watch and Listen: Click Here for Highlights from Kind of Blue 50th Anniversary Documentary
A legend has been lost. WRTI's beloved and long-time jazz host Harrison Ridley, Jr. passed away on Thursday, February 19th after a brief illness. His station colleagues mourn his death and celebrate his life. Will Mr. Ridley be immensely missed? His signature expression says it all: "Yes Indeedy!"