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Today in Classical Music History: Astor Piazzolla was born in 1921 in Argentina.
03/11/2022

Today in Classical Music History: Astor Piazzolla was born in 1921 in Argentina.

Today at 3 PM on WRTI: Steinway Week pianist Maria Asteriadou plays Carreno's Un reve en mer. Special thanks to Jacobs M...
03/10/2022

Today at 3 PM on WRTI: Steinway Week pianist Maria Asteriadou plays Carreno's Un reve en mer. Special thanks to Jacobs Music Company!

Website: www.msmnyc.edu/faculty/maria-asteriadou/
Photo: Dorothy Papapostolou

Who knew donating your car, truck, motorcycle, RV, or boat to WRTI could be so easy?! Just submit your vehicle donation ...
03/10/2022

Who knew donating your car, truck, motorcycle, RV, or boat to WRTI could be so easy?! Just submit your vehicle donation online or over the phone, schedule your free pick-up, and then let our Vehicle Donation Program handle the rest. Plus, your donation is tax-deductible! Call 1-844-WRTI-CAR (that’s 1-844-978-4227) or visit www.wrti.org/cars to get started.

Bobbi Booker fills us in on this week's Jazz Album of the Week, Kendrah Butler Waters' "Faith Walk." Click the link to r...
03/09/2022
Jazz Album of the Week: Music with the Transformative Power to Encourage People In Difficult Times

Bobbi Booker fills us in on this week's Jazz Album of the Week, Kendrah Butler Waters' "Faith Walk." Click the link to read her story.

Kendrah Butler-Waters' love for jazz, composition, arranging, and performative musicality shines throughout her debut solo album, Faith Walk."I always say that [this album] was a labor of love because it took me a really long time to release it," Kendrah said as she wrapped up a day with students. "...

Today at 3 PM on WRTI: Steinway Week pianist Cristina Altamura plays works by Chopin. Special thanks to Jacobs Music Com...
03/09/2022

Today at 3 PM on WRTI: Steinway Week pianist Cristina Altamura plays works by Chopin. Special thanks to Jacobs Music Company!

Website: cristinaaltamura.com
Photo: Maria Grazia Facciolá

It's Women's History Month on WRTI! We're spotlighting trailblazing jazz artists and those who followed in their footste...
03/09/2022

It's Women's History Month on WRTI! We're spotlighting trailblazing jazz artists and those who followed in their footsteps. Today it's harpist Dorothy Ashby and harpist Brandee Younger.

Photo: Brandee Younger by Erin Patrice Obrien

This week's NPR Live Session of the Week features Harpist Gloria Galante with "Style De Verioullage, 2nd Movement" for W...
03/08/2022
Gloria Galante - Style De Verioullage, 2nd Movement

This week's NPR Live Session of the Week features Harpist Gloria Galante with "Style De Verioullage, 2nd Movement" for WRTI"s @ Home Series.

The piece is in memory of George Floyd. Joining Gloria for this performance is Odean Pope on sax, and Lee Smith on bass.

Click below to watch the full live session!

Harpist Gloria Galante presents "Style De Verioullage, 2nd Movement" for WRTI's @HOME video series. @HOME is a new initiative that is opening the door to video content from the global artists community. The piece is in memory of George Floyd. Joining Gloria for this performance is Odean Pope on sax,...

Today at 3 PM on WRTI: Steinway Week pianist Michelle A. Cann plays Margaret Bonds' Troubled Water and Janice Carissa pl...
03/08/2022

Today at 3 PM on WRTI: Steinway Week pianist Michelle A. Cann plays Margaret Bonds' Troubled Water and Janice Carissa plays Florence Price's Clouds. Special thanks to Jacobs Music Company.

Websites: janicecarissa.com & michellecann.com
Photos: Courtesy of Janice Carissa & Steven Mareazi Willis

All day, all night, It's a classical and jazz marathon of women music makers on WRTI in celebration of International Wom...
03/08/2022

All day, all night, It's a classical and jazz marathon of women music makers on WRTI in celebration of International Women's Day, including over 70 classical composers who are women and 50 ladies in jazz!

Read more here -https://www.wrti.org/wrti-spotlight/2022-03-02/all-day-all-night-its-a-marathon-of-women-music-makers-on-wrti-join-us-on-march-8th

Pictured (top left to right): Clara Schumann, Nina Simone, Renee Rosnes, Florence Price, St. Hildegard, Ella Fitzgerald, Missy Mazzoli, Cecile Chaminade and Jennifer Higdon

Credits: Encyclopædia Britannica, Wikipedia Commons, WSMR, Bruce Duffie, Keith Major, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Marylene Mey, William Gottlieb/Library Of Congress

Today in Classical Music History: Maurice Ravel was born in 1875 in France.
03/07/2022

Today in Classical Music History: Maurice Ravel was born in 1875 in France.

Steinway Week kicks off Today! Listen all week at 3 PM to hear spectacular performances by five phenomenal Philly-based ...
03/07/2022

Steinway Week kicks off Today! Listen all week at 3 PM to hear spectacular performances by five phenomenal Philly-based pianists.

We’ve partnered with Jacobs Music, Philadelphia’s Steinway dealer, to record their performances on a beautiful Steinway Spirio Model-D in the WRTI studios.

You'll hear Ching-Yun Hu today, Michelle Cann and Janice Carissa on Tuesday, Cristina Altamura on Wednesday, Maria Asteriadou on Thursday, and Janice Carissa again on Friday. Don't miss it!

Photo: Courtesy Of PYPA

Today in Jazz History: Wes Montgomery was born in 1923 in Indianapolis.
03/06/2022

Today in Jazz History: Wes Montgomery was born in 1923 in Indianapolis.

Happy 47th Birthday to Yannick Nezet-Seguin! Photo: George Etheredge
03/06/2022

Happy 47th Birthday to Yannick Nezet-Seguin!

Photo: George Etheredge

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Nathalie Stutzmann is Principal Guest Conductor in this woman centric per...
03/05/2022
The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Nathalie Stutzmann leads Schubert’s "Great" C Major Symphony in debut as principal guest conductor

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Nathalie Stutzmann is Principal Guest Conductor in this woman centric performance. Join us Sunday 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

Join us on Sunday, March 6th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, March 7th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 when our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings you a performance from the Orchestra’s 2021/2022 season, recorded live in December. Nathalie Stutzmann leads the Orchestra in works by Franz Sch...

Mark your calendars! Join us on March 8th for International Women's Day. We're spotlighting women in classical music and...
03/05/2022
All day, all night, It's a marathon of women music makers on WRTI. Join us on March 8th!

Mark your calendars! Join us on March 8th for International Women's Day. We're spotlighting women in classical music and jazz with an all-day celebration of women classical composers and jazz artists.

We're spotlighting women in classical music and jazz on International Women's Day with an all-day celebration of women classical composers and jazz artists.

What's your first guess?
03/04/2022

What's your first guess?

When you just can't stay off the grid ...

Today in Classical Music History: Antonio Vivaldi was born in 1678. Did you know that he taught music at a Venice orphan...
03/04/2022

Today in Classical Music History: Antonio Vivaldi was born in 1678. Did you know that he taught music at a Venice orphanage for girls for 40 years? That's where he wrote his beloved violin concertos "The Four Seasons" and "Gloria in D." What's your favorite Vivaldi season from "The Four Seasons?" Tell us in the comments below!

Today in Classical Music History: Bedrich Smetana was born in 1824. He's known as the father of Czech music.
03/02/2022

Today in Classical Music History: Bedrich Smetana was born in 1824. He's known as the father of Czech music.

Today in Classical Music History: Frederic Chopin was born in 1810 in Poland. He was only 39 when he died 😥 .Photo: Chop...
03/01/2022

Today in Classical Music History: Frederic Chopin was born in 1810 in Poland. He was only 39 when he died 😥 .

Photo: Chopin at 25, by his fiancée Maria Wodzińska, 1835

We're kicking off Women's History Month with an awesome story about the wonderful female hosts of WRTI, Melinda Whiting,...
03/01/2022
Meet the female hosts of WRTI

We're kicking off Women's History Month with an awesome story about the wonderful female hosts of WRTI, Melinda Whiting, Courtney Blue, Bobbi I. Booker, Susan Lewis and Maureen Malloy. Thanks to Temple News for the shoutout! Click the link below to read more.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re shining a spotlight on the female hosts of WRTI.Courtney Blue, KLN ’12, hosts Late Evening Jazz, The Jazz Request Show and Nouveau Jazz Showcase. She’s been at WRTI for over 10 years and started as a Temple student in 2011.Bobbi I. Booker, KLN ....

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02/28/2022

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Today in Classical Music History: The legendary contralto Marian Anderson was born in 1897 in Philadelphia. She was the ...
02/27/2022

Today in Classical Music History: The legendary contralto Marian Anderson was born in 1897 in Philadelphia. She was the first Black singer to perform at The Metropolitan Opera in 1955!

Joshua Bell is soloist and conductor on this week's The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI. Listen to works by Br...
02/27/2022
The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Joshua Bell is soloist and conductor in works by Bruch, Price, and Mendelssohn

Joshua Bell is soloist and conductor on this week's The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI. Listen to works by Bruch, Price, and Mendelssohn on Sunday at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

Join us on Sunday, February 27th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, February 28th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 when our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings you a performance from the Orchestra’s 2021/2022 season, recorded live in November.

The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI, Saturday at 1 PM presents: "Celebrating Black History Month: Groundbreaking Artists on t...
02/26/2022

The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI, Saturday at 1 PM presents: "Celebrating Black History Month: Groundbreaking Artists on the Air.' Hear great African-American artists who made history at the Met, beginning with Marian Anderson, and following with singers who made company debuts in the following three decades.

Photo: Evan Zimmerman / Met Opera | A scene from the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess."

Russian star conductor Valery Gergiev and pianist Denis Matsuev, both prominent supporters of Russian President Vladimir...
02/25/2022
Russian conductor pulls out of New York concerts after supporters of Ukraine protest

Russian star conductor Valery Gergiev and pianist Denis Matsuev, both prominent supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin, will no longer perform at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall this weekend.

Valery Gergiev, who is closely allied with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, was due to take part in a three-concert series at Carnegie Hall. Also stepping aside is Russian pianist Denis Matsuev.

At WRTI, our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine❤️ . Check out this story about the country's rich musical heritage.
02/25/2022
Six works that celebrate Ukraine's distinctive musical heritage

At WRTI, our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine❤️ . Check out this story about the country's rich musical heritage.

As Russia invades Ukraine, our hearts and minds are with the Ukrainian people and their rich national and cultural history. Here are six works to celebrate their musical heritage, showing solidarity and providing comfort in these difficult times.

Who would you resurrect?
02/25/2022

Who would you resurrect?

Beethoven is back! With accurate tempos ...

Step into the world of Marin Alsop in her new film, 'The Conductor,' which takes the viewer through her storied life and...
02/24/2022
Renowned conductor Marin Alsop's life explored in new documentary

Step into the world of Marin Alsop in her new film, 'The Conductor,' which takes the viewer through her storied life and career in classical music. Listen to what Alsop had to say about the documentary at the link below.

Scott Simon speaks with conductor Marin Alsop about "The Conductor," a new film tracing her storied life and career in classical music.

Matt Silver fills us in on this week's Jazz Album of the Week featuring vocalist Samara Joy and her self-titled album. J...
02/23/2022
Jazz Album of the Week: Vocalist Samara Joy sings standards from the Great American Songbook with pinpoint perfection

Matt Silver fills us in on this week's Jazz Album of the Week featuring vocalist Samara Joy and her self-titled album. Joy reinvents standards from the Great American Songbook on this wonderful album. Read more below!

In her self-titled debut album, Samara Joy approaches tunes immortalized by Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Carmen McRae with such maturity and erudition, you wouldn't guess that she never really studied, or performed any of their repertoire, until she enrolled in SUNY Purchase.....

Today in Classical Music History: George Frederic Handel was born today in 1685. What is your favorite work by Handel? C...
02/23/2022

Today in Classical Music History: George Frederic Handel was born today in 1685. What is your favorite work by Handel? Comment down below!

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Today in Classical Music History: Astor Piazzolla was born in 1921 in Argentina.
Today at 3 PM on WRTI: Steinway Week pianist Maria Asteriadou plays Carreno's Un reve en mer. Special thanks to Jacobs Music Company! Website: www.msmnyc.edu/faculty/maria-asteriadou/ Photo: Dorothy Papapostolou
Who knew donating your car, truck, motorcycle, RV, or boat to WRTI could be so easy?! Just submit your vehicle donation online or over the phone, schedule your free pick-up, and then let our Vehicle Donation Program handle the rest. Plus, your donation is tax-deductible! Call 1-844-WRTI-CAR (that’s 1-844-978-4227) or visit www.wrti.org/cars to get started.
We're kicking off our new video series: WRTI Presents ASTRAL with a fabulous performance by Beomjae Kim on flute and Ekaterina Skliar on mandolin, with host Susan Lewis. Recorded in WRTI’s Performance Studio. Read more about the program and the Astral Artists here - https://www.wrti.org/wrti-spotlight/2022-03-07/wrti-presents-astral-flutist-beomjae-kim-and-mandolinist-ekaterina-skliar
Bobbi Booker fills us in on this week's Jazz Album of the Week, Kendrah Butler Waters' "Faith Walk." Click the link to read her story.
Today at 3 PM on WRTI: Steinway Week pianist Cristina Altamura plays works by Chopin. Special thanks to Jacobs Music Company! Website: cristinaaltamura.com Photo: Maria Grazia Facciolá
It's Women's History Month on WRTI! We're spotlighting trailblazing jazz artists and those who followed in their footsteps. Today it's harpist Dorothy Ashby and harpist Brandee Younger. Photo: Brandee Younger by Erin Patrice Obrien
This week's NPR Live Session of the Week features Harpist Gloria Galante with "Style De Verioullage, 2nd Movement" for WRTI"s @ Home Series. The piece is in memory of George Floyd. Joining Gloria for this performance is Odean Pope on sax, and Lee Smith on bass. Click below to watch the full live session!
Today at 3 PM on WRTI: Steinway Week pianist Michelle A. Cann plays Margaret Bonds' Troubled Water and Janice Carissa plays Florence Price's Clouds. Special thanks to Jacobs Music Company. Websites: janicecarissa.com & michellecann.com Photos: Courtesy of Janice Carissa & Steven Mareazi Willis
All day, all night, It's a classical and jazz marathon of women music makers on WRTI in celebration of International Women's Day, including over 70 classical composers who are women and 50 ladies in jazz! Read more here -https://www.wrti.org/wrti-spotlight/2022-03-02/all-day-all-night-its-a-marathon-of-women-music-makers-on-wrti-join-us-on-march-8th Pictured (top left to right): Clara Schumann, Nina Simone, Renee Rosnes, Florence Price, St. Hildegard, Ella Fitzgerald, Missy Mazzoli, Cecile Chaminade and Jennifer Higdon Credits: Encyclopædia Britannica, Wikipedia Commons, WSMR, Bruce Duffie, Keith Major, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Marylene Mey, William Gottlieb/Library Of Congress
Today in Classical Music History: Maurice Ravel was born in 1875 in France.
Sending good vibes for the start of the week!