Your Uplifting Classical and Jazz Memorial Day Soundtrack Is On WRTI 90.1

May 21, 2020

Join WRTI on Memorial Day as we mark the occasion and honor those who serve with a line-up of American music and local artists you won’t want to miss!

Gregg Whiteside starts your morning with the cheerful gospel song, "Unclouded Day," and Stephen Foster’s "Beautiful Dreamer." His Sousalarm pick takes us out into the sunshine! Hear the Roof Garden March by Reading, PA’s very-own march king, Monroe Althouse.

We can’t get enough of that fresh open air these days, so Bliss Michelson takes us into midday with Aaron Copland’s Outdoor Overture and Gershwin’s Walking the Dog.

Flix@5 spotlights the epic John Williams soundtrack from Saving Private Ryan and Melinda Whiting rounds out the afternoon with Morton Gould’s American Salute, Barbara Harbach’s Freedom Suite and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s world-premiere performance of Valerie Coleman’s Umoja, an anthem for unity.

A thread of much-loved spirituals will be heard across the day and into the evening, including "My Lord What a Mornin' " and "Deep River" from Lara Downes’ Some of These Days, our Classical Album of the Week.

Tune in to catch musicmakers from across our region—from the Susquehanna Chorale, Main Street Brass Quintet, Ringgold Band and Allentown Band to Temple Boyer College of Music and Dance faculty members Sara Davis Buechner and Charles Abramovic and more!

On the jazz side, join us as we salute those who gave their lives for our country by presenting special programming from the Airmen of Note. The big band jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force hosts radio events that allow listeners from far and wide to experience their brand of Americana, delivered with the help of famous guest jazz artists.

This Memorial Day, we’re also keeping it in our own backyard by presenting some of the following programs featuring all Philly guests.

At 6 PM, the Airmen of Note will be joined by Joey DeFrancesco to bring some of that Philly organ tradition into mix. You’ll hear them collaborate on jazz standards, like Lee Morgan’s “Speedball, along with some of Joey’s compositions, including the fan favorite “Colleen.”

At 7 PM Temple University’s own Terell Stafford will take the stage with the “Note,” presenting beautiful standards from the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Victor Lewis, and many others.

At 8 PM, guitar guru Kurt Rosenwinkle will join the band in what seems like an unlikely pairing, but you will quickly hear how Kurt’s cutting edge guitar playing adds to the band’s tight experience.

Courtney Blue continues the Memorial Day commemoration from 9 PM until midnight by visiting the spiritual side of jazz. Throughout the program, you’ll hear some of our favorite interpretations, like Oliver Nelson’s “Down By the Riverside,” and Jimmy Scott’s “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child.”

You’ll also hear some more music from the Airmen of Note; their new record Air Power is our Jazz Album of the Week.