Our beloved Bob Perkins turns 88 years young on December 6th! Beginning on his birthday, and through his Thursday night show, BP will play his 88 favorite tunes from 6 to 9 PM. That’s one tune for each key of the piano, and one tune for each of Robert Ellis Perkins’ years on Earth.
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Sondheim, who died Nov. 26, was the lyricist and composer who gave us Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and other shows. In 2010 he spoke about his writing process, from rhyming to finding the right note.
The Met Opera Season on WRTI Kicks Off with Aucoin's 'Eurydice'—An Ancient Myth Reconceived for TodayThe Metropolitan Opera is back on WRTI! Saturday, December 4th at 1 PM, tune in for a performance of Matthew Aucoin's new opera, Eurydice, an intriguing updated version of the Orpheus myth. Here, the composer talks with us about the power of music and words, grief and love, and about the ways in which the story speaks to us today.
What's the best way to listen to Saturday matinee broadcasts of The Metropolitan Opera? On WRTI, of course! Join us on Saturdays at 1 PM for the entire 2021/2022 season of opera broadcasts starting on December 4th at 1 PM. After a year of encore broadcasts, our live Met Opera broadcasts are back and better than ever with host Debra Lew Harder and commentator Ira Siff.
Join us on Sunday, Dec. 5th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, Dec. 6th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 when conductor Nicholas McGegan—best known as a baroque and classical specialist—will be on the podium to conduct this 2018 concert broadcast featuring music not only of the baroque era, but also later re-imaginings of that past.
Pianist Avery Gagliano has quite the busy schedule these days. She participated in the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw in mid October, released her Steinway recording debut Reflections on November 5th, and made her Carnegie Hall recital debut on November 30th—all while pursuing her Bachelor’s at Curtis.
Early music has been a lifelong passion of conductor Nicholas McGegan. It’s also informed the efforts of composers known for quite different styles,…
Stephen Sondheim has died at 91. Pop Culture Happy Hour's Linda Holmes looks back on her favorite Sondheim tunes.
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Sad news to share: we're remembering Pat Martino after news arrived that he passed away today, November 1, 2021, after living with COPD for several years.
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