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Swan Lake was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's first foray into classical ballet, with a debut in 1877. Today if you ask someone to name an iconic ballet, Swan Lake is one that usually comes to mind. Believe it or not, that probably would have surprised the composer. 

Our celebration of the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos concludes on Monday, March 5th with a live in-studio performance by the Russian-born pianist Igor Resnianski. Kevin Gordon is host.

Week of March 5, 2018. The album Romance is a luscious collection of works by composers ranging from J. S. Bach to cinema composer Hans Zimmer. It’s a repackaging of some of pianist Lang Lang’s recordings from the last seven or eight years, put together on one disc, with romance in mind.

March 5, 2018. From one vibraphonist to another, Tribute To Bobby is Steve Hobbs’ homage to his old friend and colleague, the late Bobby Hutcherson. Rather than performing a bunch of Hutcherson’s tunes, Steve composed many of the songs, and added some classics that Bobby liked.

It's that time of year again. You're finished with the harsh winter wind, and dreaming of the warm summer sun on your face. If a trip to the Bahamas is not on your agenda, perhaps a visit to Antonio Vivaldi's "Summer" concerto from The Four Seasons will bring a little sunshine into your heart.

Philadelphia Orchestra First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang is soloist on Sunday afternoon at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1 in a performance of Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, as WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast airs Week 2 of the Orchestra’s British Isles Festival!

Get set for an Academy of Vocal Arts Opera broadcast of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos! The work explores the competition between high and low art for the public’s attention. A show within a show, two troupes of musicians perform two shows at the same time to create the love story of Ariadne and the god Bacchus.

Our celebration of the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos continues on Thursday, March 1 at 12:10 pm when Ching-Yun Hu plays four works by Sergei Rachmaninoff LIVE from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio. WRTI’s Kevin Gordon is host.

Bagpipes often play at police and firefighter funerals, but they also play at celebrations.  And in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes & Drums play everything from "Amazing Grace" to the Rocky theme, to music in concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Join us for the third live broadcast in our series celebrating the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos, featuring Steinway artist Meng-Chieh Liu on February 28th at 12:10 pm. Meng-Chieh plays Schumann’s Eintritt from Waldszenen, Messiaen’s “Le Baiser de l’enfant Jesus," and Rachmaninoff's Polka de W.R. WRTI's Kevin Gordon is host.


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The first book printed in North America was a book of psalms; they were brought to life by a vocal quartet and musicology graduate student Emma Schnell Barnaby in a lunchtime performance and conversation with WRTI's Susan Lewis on Tuesday, March 20th.

Kenneth Hutchins

Cellist Dale Henderson began performing Bach’s Cello Suites in the subways of New York City in 2010, determined to spread the wonders of Bach. Today, Henderson's project— Bach in the Subways— has grown exponentially as thousands mark Bach's birthday week with free performances in subways, and other public venues across the globe.

March 19, 2018. Guitarist John Hart, Hammond organist Adam Scone and drummer Rudy Albin Petschauer got together to record an album that doesn’t seem like it should make sense —until you realize the idea couldn’t be more perfect. The quintessentially American organ trio plays British pop music in a traditional way  on their new release, Leading the British Invasion.

March 19, 2018. As if Yannick Nézet-Séguin weren’t busy enough with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Met Opera, his Orchestre Métropolitain, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic! He’s also been recording regularly with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Yannick’s latest venture with that group is Visions of Prokofiev, featuring superstar violinist Lisa Batiashvili.

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