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We Love Local: WRTI 90.1 Boosts Philadelphia-Area Classical and Jazz Artists On The Air

While we practice important social distancing to keep everyone healthy and safe, we don’t have to be isolated. We can share in the experience of listening to great music, much of it created by musicians in our own region.

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March 30, 2020. The distinctive feature of T-Man, drummer Jason Tiemann’s debut album as a leader, is that the instrumentation is that of a Hammond organ trio. That was not the original plan, but these are jazz musicians; they improvise.

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WRTI will turn back the clock and rebroadcast this Vienna Festival concert, previously aired in 2016 and 2017. It was a memorable performance, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, of two symphonies composed roughly 80 years apart: Joseph Haydn’s 103rd, the famous “Drumroll” Symphony, and Anton Bruckner’s 4th. Listen on April 2nd at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 and April 3rd at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1.

March 30, 2020. Though her work has been neglected for over a century, French composer Louise Farrenc (1804-1875) was a powerful force during her lifetime. Our Classical Album of the Week shows why Farrenc’s symphonic work commanded great respect in her day, and why it deserves to be heard more often today.

Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the world's leading composers, died Sunday at the age of 86. The Polish Ministry of Affairs announced his passing in a tweet. No cause of death was given.

The Polish-born composer established himself while still in his 20s with jarring atonal works such as Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, and came to be widely admired by music fans and musicians far outside traditional classical music circles.

The wise 92-year-old, internationally renowned conductor Herbert Blomstedt said recently in an interview:  “Music is a very spiritual art. I don’t say religious; it’s spiritual, because music exists only in the air.”

When Víkingur Ólafsson was about 5 years old, he already knew what he wanted to be. "It sounds crazy, but I always saw myself as a concert pianist," he says. "Even if I wasn't a good pianist."

Bram Goots

An opera-ballet about a child and his enchanted toys and animals came into being in the wake of World War I. Maurice Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges, or "the Child and the Spells" explores human cruelty and kindness through the eyes of a child. 

When saxophonist Olivia Hughart (now a college freshman) was in middle school in Lower Merion, there were few girls in her jazz big band, despite the fact that there were many girls in orchestra and band. In an effort to bring girls together from her school disctrict who shared an interest in jazz, she founded the organization Key of She Jazz.

March 23, 2020. Joey Alexander has been known as a jazz piano phenom since the release of his first album back in 2015, when he was only 11. Now, the 16-year-old offers Warna, an album that boasts 10 original compositions, two fantastic interpretations, and an artist who has solidified his place in the jazz world (even without the novelty of being a little kid).

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(Originally published in 2016). Even if you’re not familiar with the Broadway musical Carousel, you’re likely to have heard the uplifting message and melody of the song "You’ll Never Walk Alone." Its roots in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical extend far beyond the story of love and loss.

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March 30, 2020. The distinctive feature of T-Man, drummer Jason Tiemann’s debut album as a leader, is that the instrumentation is that of a Hammond organ trio. That was not the original plan, but these are jazz musicians; they improvise.

March 30, 2020. Though her work has been neglected for over a century, French composer Louise Farrenc (1804-1875) was a powerful force during her lifetime. Our Classical Album of the Week shows why Farrenc’s symphonic work commanded great respect in her day, and why it deserves to be heard more often today.

The symphony, as we know it today, underwent major changes from the end of the 18th to the late 19th century. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, two symphonies from two composers in Vienna during that time illustrate the range of the form.
 


Bram Goots

An opera-ballet about a child and his enchanted toys and animals came into being in the wake of World War I. Maurice Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges, or "the Child and the Spells" explores human cruelty and kindness through the eyes of a child. 

March 23, 2020. Joey Alexander has been known as a jazz piano phenom since the release of his first album back in 2015, when he was only 11. Now, the 16-year-old offers Warna, an album that boasts 10 original compositions, two fantastic interpretations, and an artist who has solidified his place in the jazz world (even without the novelty of being a little kid).

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