June 19, 2018. What a fascinating collection!  Young violinist Samuel Nebyu, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music & Dance, has come out with a debut album that bears repeated listening. Samuel Nebyu, violin – Music by Composers of African Descent is a treasury of compositions, and a celebration of his Ethiopian-Hungarian heritage.

This Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on 90.1 brings us another first-ever Philadelphia Orchestra performance of a work by the contemporary French composer Guillaume Connesson, the ever-popular 5th Piano Concerto of Camille Saint-Saëns, Ottorino Respighi’s The Pines of Rome, and, to begin the concert, the rousing Roman Carnival Overture by Hector Berlioz!

WRTI Classical Host Jack Moore announced the winner of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Fifth Annual Ovation Award at the Kimmel Center on June 10th.  This year's recipient of the award is violist and teacher Shelley Beard Santore.

Christopher McAllen

This month's Applause broadcast with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is the final one in the Orchestra's Improvisionaries series.  Music Director Dirk Brossé conducts a concert with jazz and bluegrass-inspired works by Dai Wei, as well as Maestro Brossé's arrangement of Dave Brubeck's classic Blue Rondo à la Turk.

June 11, 2018. On West Coast Trio, pianist and composer Roberta Piket returns to a familiar setting for the first time in over a decade. With Darek Oleszkiewicz on bass, and Joe La Barbera on the drums, the splendor of her selections shines.

June 11, 2018. If you attended The Philadelphia Orchestra’s performances of Bernstein’s Mass three years ago you get another chance to hear (and own) this magnum opus. It's captured on Mass—The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, a new release from Deutsche Grammophon.

Becky Oehlers Photography

The Crossing, a chamber choir dedicated to new music,  has been called  'extraordinary'  by The New York Times, 'sublime' by the Chicago Reader,  'ardently angelic' by the Los Angeles Times  and 'something of a miracle' by The Philadelphia Inquirer.  Hear this 24 member ensemble sing out from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio on Friday, June 15th at 12:10! 

New York's Village Vanguard may come closer than any other club to embodying the spirit of jazz. For nearly 30 years, the guardian of that spirit has been the Vanguard's formidable impresaria, Lorraine Gordon. Gordon, a jazz champion since her teen years and one of the music's female pioneers, died Saturday at the age of 95.

Saint-Saëns' fifth and last piano concerto reflects his long career as a musician, composer and avid traveler.   WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the concerto, nicknamed "The Egyptian."

Many WRTI listeners tell us that their fathers introduced them to the joys of music. My own dad, a terrific amateur tenor, did the same for me. He played opera full blast on our home stereo speakers at 6 am to wake us kids, and listened to me practice the piano when I was little.

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June 19, 2018. What a fascinating collection!  Young violinist Samuel Nebyu, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music & Dance, has come out with a debut album that bears repeated listening. Samuel Nebyu, violin – Music by Composers of African Descent is a treasury of compositions, and a celebration of his Ethiopian-Hungarian heritage.

Randy Beach


June 18, 2018.  Not all duos are dynamic, and jazz duo albums tend to be described as “nice,” or “easygoing.” Blued Dharma is a duo album, and it is fairly relaxed, but the unlikely pairing of Canadian pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia and saxophonist Joel Frahm brings a little extra “cool” to the table.

WRTI Classical Host Jack Moore announced the winner of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Fifth Annual Ovation Award at the Kimmel Center on June 10th.  This year's recipient of the award is violist and teacher Shelley Beard Santore.

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