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Crypt of the unfinished chapel of Antoni Gaudí in the Colònia Güell in Santa Coloma de Cervelló (Catalonia). Creative Commons ShareAlike, Till F. Teenck

We look up and out on Now Is the Time, Saturday, September 26th at 9 pm. In Philadelphia there’s no escaping the influence of the pope’s visit this weekend, so there’s a sacred tinge to this Saturday’s program. Curt Cacioppo gives the solo piano a workout, negotiating the potential of a rock-ribbed hymn in his Ostinato-Fantasia on “All Creatures of Our God and King.”

As an interpolation before the longest piece tonight, a string quartet takes on—and swings—the Chick Corea tune Spain. Christopher Rouse then anoints the Spanish ancestry of the guitar with the transcendence of Antoni Gaudí, called “God’s Architect,” in his guitar concerto for Sharon Isbin, Concert di Gaudí. A work in the form of a Handel coronation anthem closes our program, Carson Cooman’s O Lord, I Will Sing of Your Love Forever.

from Chick Corea: Spain (arr. Cohen): 

Curt Cacioppo: Ostinato-Fantasia on “All Creatures of Our God and King”
Chick Corea: Spain
Christopher Rouse: Concert di Gaudí
Carson Cooman: O Lord, I Will Sing of Your Love Forever

Every Saturday night at 9 Eastern, Kile Smith hosts Now Is the Time, new American classical music on WRTI’s all-classical stream. At click on the Listen: Classical button at the top of any page. Thanks for supporting American contemporary music on WRTI! 

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