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How Pat Metheny's Guitar Music Became a Percussion Concerto for the Philadelphia Orchestra

A classical percussionist delivers his own take on the music of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story of a new concerto for vibraphone and marimba, arranged by Christopher Deviney, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal percussionist.

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The documentary film The Music of Strangers, and a companion CD, Sing Me Home—from Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble— both snared 2017 Grammy nominations, and a Grammy win for the CD for Best World Music Album. WRTI's Susan Lewis has the story on the Silk Road Ensemble, a group that seeks connections across cultures.
 


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The trumpet was the instrument of kings, in court and on the battlefield. Today the orchestral trumpet is an instrument for virtuosos, and used for a variety of purposes. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

Josef Holbrooke by E.O. Hoppé, 1913

Two British composers populate this month’s Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, Saturday at 5:00 p.m. on WRTI. Josef Holbrooke and Alexander Mackenzie were well known and enjoyed success, but they often struggled to gain more than a foothold in performance circles. The reasons, however, were different.

C'est magnifique! The Philadelphia Orchestra’s three-week Paris Festival is on WRTI starting this Sunday, March 5th at 1 pm!  Six French composers, in works conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, are featured in Week One: Chabrier, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Canteloube, Ravel and Florent Schmitt.

Join WRTI as we broadcast live—for the first time ever—from our performance studio this Friday, March 3rd at 5:30 pm, to help celebrate the 164th Anniversary of Steinway & Sons. WRTI and Jacobs Music present classical and jazz Steinway Artists on the WRTI Steinway Spirio piano, live on the radio! First up is Temple University faculty member Ching-Yun Hu in a LIVE, ALL-RACHMANINOFF performance. Kevin Gordon hosts.

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Benj Pasek (an Ardmore native) and Justin Paul—best friends from their days at the University of Michigan—just won a 2017 Academy Award for writing the lyrics to the song "City of Stars" from the hit film La La Land. They're also Golden Globe winners!

Few inventions were as complicated as the atomic bomb. But the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns discovered that Curtis Opera Theatre’s production of the John Adams opera Doctor Atomic couldn't be simpler—or more provocative.

Remember the Golden Age of Piano?

Feb 27, 2017

Think back to the years before mobile devices, record players, and radio—when people who wanted to hear music heard it live or made their own. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the Golden Age of the Piano.

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The largest, lowest non-brass woodwind instrument in the orchestra evokes darkness, romance, humor, and joy. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more about the contrabassoon.

Maureen Malloy Remembers Guitarist Larry Coryell

Feb 22, 2017

I’ve had the pleasure of announcing many Larry Coryell tunes over the years. Larry, who passed on February 19th at age 73, was always relevant. In just the past decade he collaborated with other jazz greats like pianist Kenny Drew Jr. and the Wide Hive Players, and kept churning out solo releases.

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Decades ago, jazz on television may have been restricted to the occasional theme song or even an appearance by Ella Fitzgerald on a talk show. But, as WRTI’s Maureen Malloy reports, someone else now joins the big names of the past.

A leading contemporary conductor explores both music, and—in his free time—fragrances.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, Fabio Luisi sees many connections between music and perfume.


Falling off the podium or into the orchestra pit weren’t the occupational hazards befalling French Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Lully - but his was no less risky. Temple University Professor Steven Zohn, an expert in Baroque music, recounts the conducting move that led to Lully’s death.

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.

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A classical percussionist delivers his own take on the music of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story of  a new concerto for vibraphone and marimba, arranged by Christopher Deviney, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal percussionist.

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