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.