The powerful sound of a bugler playing “Taps” is a call to remember those who gave their lives in the service of the United States.

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Intrigued by a Pulitzer-winning 1947 poem by W.H. Auden, 30-year-old Leonard Bernstein wrote his second symphony for piano and orchestra based on the story of four people who meet in a New York City bar and hash out the meaning of life. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on Bernstein's The Age of Anxiety


5-21-18.  In Wagner: Orchestral Music from Der Ring des Nibelungen, JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic perform highlights from Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle. Beginning with the first of four music dramas, Das Rheingold, and proceeding through Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung, it’s a thrilling  journey and a chance to be swept up in the magic of Wagner’s orchestral color.

We have film director Stanley Kubrick to thank for creating a 1968 sci-fi film imprinting music and images onto our collective consciousness. Now, 50 years after his movie changed the course of sci-fi films, Warner Brothers is re-releasing Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer

The critically acclaimed Dalí Quartet brings the excitement of its signature mix of Latin American and European classical and romantic music to the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio on Wednesday, May 23 at 12:10 pm.  They'll perform LIVE and chat with WRTI’s Susan Lewis. 


May 21, 2018. Renee Rosnes is one of the most accomplished pianists in jazz today. Her extensive resume is  littered with famous names, and now she's managed to release Beloved of the Sky, her seventeenth album as a bandleader. If you’re expecting to nestle in and listen to some run-of-the-mill piano jazz, don’t get too comfortable.

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Works by J.S. Bach, Gabriel Fauré, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and Johann Nepomuk Hummel are on the program for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's broadcast on WRTI 90.1, Sunday, May 20th from 5 to 6 pm. 

The myriad stories about Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson usually fall into two groups: the ones about her enormous, laser-focused voice and those about her rapier-sharp wit.

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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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