Now is the Time: the 100th Show!

We started WRTI’s HD2, Sunday night, 10:00 to 11:00 p.m., all-contemporary, all-American show on June 1st, 2008. Program #100 airs next Sunday, November 7th. Hard to believe I’ve done a hundred of these! Folks around the world tune in to hear all types of contemporary American music.

For this show, I look back to my state of mind as I assembled the first broadcast, so the first piece is Steven Burke’s Nervosa, oh yes. Then, two works from Show #2, with one of my favorite composers from my parents’ record collection, Dave Brubeck. We’ll hear his Strange Meadow Lark (what an affecting tune!) and It’s a Raggy Waltz, but arranged for string quartet.

Philip Koplow’s Variations on a Hymn Tune is next (the tune is “Amazing Grace”), followed by Patrick Beckman’s celebratory Stomp, for solo piano. Denman Maroney’s cabaret-like song I’m Yours is followed by something I have never done on any of these programs: I’m playing a piece of mine, the American Spirituals, Book One, written for Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim. And finally, Eric Whitacre’s setting of the e.e. cummings poem, i thank you God for most this amazing day rounds out the hour.

Listen on HD Radio or online here. For links to all the recordings, and listings for all 100 shows, click here.

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