Described as "a first class talent" with “poetic use of color and confidently expressive phrasing,” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Ching-Yun Hu’s star has been rising ever since she took top honors as well as well as the Audience Favorite Prize at the 12th Arthur Rubenstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv in 2008.

A melody in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony was made famous to fans of Eric Carmen’s pop tune “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again.” But in the symphony, that melody leads to one of the most beautiful, and difficult, clarinet solos in the literature. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story.

The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25th, 1917, and died in 1996. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, "The Queen of Jazz" - also called "The First Lady of Song," left a lasting legacy on American song and jazz.

WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, April 29th brings you the unfamiliar and the very familiar: a first-ever Philadelphia Orchestra performance of a violin concerto by the contemporary Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, and a work the Orchestra has performed as often as any in its history, the Symphony No. 2 by Rachmaninoff, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Caitlin Cunningham

NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley, the hit radio program showcasing America’s best young classical musicians, is seeking local talent—instrumentalists and vocalists ages 8 to 18—for its live recording on September 9, 2018 at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square.

The second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7—the Allegretto—has captivated listeners since the symphony’s 1813 premiere, when it was so popular that the orchestra used it as an encore. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on why this particular movement continues to engages us.


April 23, 2018. We all know Van Morrison as a crooner, just different from the ones heard regularly on WRTI. On You’re Driving Me Crazy, Van Morrison teams up with Philadelphia native son, organist and trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco. The result: a jazz album that swings hard, and true.

Credit: Art Streiber

In a first-ever Philadelphia Orchestra performance of a work by composer-conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI 90.1 will feature his Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind.

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Described as "a first class talent" with “poetic use of color and confidently expressive phrasing,” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Ching-Yun Hu’s star has been rising ever since she took top honors as well as well as the Audience Favorite Prize at the 12th Arthur Rubenstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv in 2008.

A melody in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony was made famous to fans of Eric Carmen’s pop tune “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again.” But in the symphony, that melody leads to one of the most beautiful, and difficult, clarinet solos in the literature. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story.

The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25th, 1917, and died in 1996. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, "The Queen of Jazz" - also called "The First Lady of Song," left a lasting legacy on American song and jazz.

Though she was blessed with impeccable intonation, a distinctive sound, and a superb sense of timing, Ella Fitzgerald was hindered in her early years by the limitations of the repertoire she sang. It took some time, determination, and visionary collaboration for Ella to find her voice.

The second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7—the Allegretto—has captivated listeners since the symphony’s 1813 premiere, when it was so popular that the orchestra used it as an encore. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on why this particular movement continues to engages us.

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