April 17, 2016
"Cold Mountain," the premiere, on record. A few different singers make last year's Santa Fe Opera premiere of the Jennifer Higdon/ Gene Scheer opera - as heard on the newly released Pentatone recording - far more than just a dry run for the later Opera Philadelphia outing in February. For one thing, you're not forced to look at the compromised set design in Santa Fe. For another, Nathan Gunn generates much vocal magnetism in the central role of Inman, even if his Philadelphia replacement, Jarrett Ott, filled in for him more than capably.
May 18, 2015 |
Tom and Paul Kelly still work in commercial radio, polling listeners and advising such stations as More FM Philadelphia on what music to play. Big Daddy Graham is still happy holding down the overnight schmooze slot at Sportsradio 94WIP. But for more pleasure and maybe their future, these guys are banking on Internet radio - the Kelly brothers are co-operators (with third partner, Al Clay) of the Havertown streaming service iRadioPhilly. And Graham is weekly host of a music party on Wildfire Radio, a streaming Internet radio operation based in Collingswood.
September 2, 2013
Because of erroneous information from the station, the wrong start time for WRTI's Sunday Philadelphia Orchestra rebroadcast appears in the Arts & Entertainment section. The broadcast will begin at 1 p.m.
May 23, 2013
For the first time in more than 13 years, WRTI-FM (90.1) will broadcast the Philadelphia Orchestra live in concert on Friday afternoon. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphians in works by Schumann, Janacek, and Dvorak, and violinist Gil Shaham performs Brahms' Violin Concerto . The 2 p.m. concert in Verizon Hall is dedicated to Wolfgang Sawallisch, who died in February, and opens with the Adagio espressivo from the Symphony No. 2...
January 19, 2013 |
It's not the restoration of a national radio presence, but starting Feb. 24 the Philadelphia Orchestra will return to regional radio under the terms of a new deal with WRTI-FM (90.1). Through the end of the 2012-13 season, the Temple University station will air a series of regular Sunday-afternoon delayed broadcasts of Philadelphia Orchestra concerts, with rebroadcasts over the summer. The series is expected to resume next season, said David S. Conant, WRTI's general manager. But first, this Sunday at 2 p.m. WRTI-FM will rebroadcast WQXR-FM's recording of the orchestra's Thursday Carnegie Hall performance of Ravel's La Valse , Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 , and Leonidas Kavakos in Karol Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 2 . Conant said he had been talking with the orchestra for several years about the radio series, which required the approval of musicians and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
March 10, 2012 |
John B. Roberts, 94, founder of the Temple University radio station, WRTI-FM, in 1953 and a teacher of communications at Temple from 1946 to 1988, died Thursday, March 8, of a spinal infection at his home in the retirement community of Rydal Park. Mr. Roberts was also the weekend news anchor at WFIL-TV (Channel 6) from 1952 to 1972, according to the website of Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, which named him its person of the year in 1987. Paul Gluck, a former TV executive now on the Temple faculty, said Friday: "For people like me, who worked as practicing journalists and transitioned into the academic world, he is a near-perfect role model.
April 21, 2011 |
Jack V. Buerkle blended careers as though he were playing jazz, weaving one melody into another. After serving as chairman of the Temple University sociology department in the 1960s and '70s, the former jazz musician hosted shows about music on the Temple radio station, WRTI-FM (90.1), into the 2000s. In 1961, he coauthored "Altruism, Role Conflict, and Marital Adjustment" in the journal Marriage and Family Living. In 1973, Oxford University Press published Bourbon Street Black: The New Orleans Black Jazzman , which he coauthored with the musician Danny Barker.
February 23, 2009 |
Harrison Ridley Jr., 70, Philadelphia's sagacious jazz musicologist and radio host who expressed approval for a song with his on-air trademark "Yes, indeedy," died Thursday of complications of a stroke. Mr. Ridley, who was born and raised in West Philadelphia, educated and entertained jazz devotees listening to Temple University radio on Sunday nights. A proud and discriminating collector of jazz, Mr. Ridley often played songs from his personal collection of more than 8,000 recordings (most of them vinyl)
January 8, 2008 |
American composers often seek audiences by turning back the clock, writing music that strives for relevance while pretending that much of 20th-century music never happened. And if there was ever an invitation to go even further than that - ignoring large parts of the past millennium - it's in the first-ever new-music commission by Renaissance music wind band Piffaro. Yet the synthesis devised by Philadelphia-based composer and WRTI radio personality Kile Smith for his ambitious 80-minute Vespers, premiered in two concerts over the weekend, updated the clock, with music that joined hands with centuries-old Lutheran hymns without the fakery of attempting some sort of musical time travel.
April 6, 2007 |
For its first six months, J. Michael Harrison's Friday night show on WRTI (90.1 FM) went nameless. There were a number of ideas, concepts devised and rejected, friends consulted for their input. But Harrison kept coming back to "The Bridge. " There are, of course, the obvious musical connotations. And fittingly for a show that prides itself on an adventurous and eclectic mix of music, "The Bridge" is also the title of a 1962 album by iconoclastic saxophonist Sonny Rollins. But most of all, the name encapsulates what Harrison set out to accomplish with his weekly program.