WRTI To Broadcast Philadelphia Orchestra On Tour In Israel, Austria With Host Gregg Whiteside

Maybe you can’t be there in person, but you’ll have a chance to listen to history being made in June. WRTI 90.1 and host Gregg Whiteside will bring you the excitement of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s upcoming 2018 tour to Europe and Israel during three simulcasts, each with a one-hour delay.

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Join us on Monday, January 15th at 1:30 pm for a LIVE broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert at Girard College's historic chapel, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.

The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service is the largest event of its kind in the country.  Volunteers spread out across the region to perform all kinds of service projects. Thousands converge on the campus of Girard College for a full slate of activities, including a job fair.

In 1925, George Gershwin was known for his popular songs, Broadway music, and his Rhapsody in Blue. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he then tackled another classical form with his Piano Concerto in F.

Celebrating the influence of the Philadelphia visionary musician, philosopher, composer, and band leader Sun Ra, Philadelphia Jazz Project presents Satellites Are Spinning: A Sizzling, Sonic Celebration of Sun Ra.

It was only five years ago. Phoenix Best was 19 years old and selling tickets to Les Misérables as part of her job at Ticket Philadelphia when she went to see the musical for the first time.

What the world needs now is another cat video. Seriously.

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A continuity and a break: That's the history of The Bad Plus in a nutshell. An acoustic piano trio with the combustion properties of a post-punk band, it emerged in the early 2000s to an uproar — its surging attack and shrewd repertoire were framed as a radical split from the jazz tradition. Gradually a more perceptive view emerged, one that acknowledged where the band was really coming from.

On Tuesday, January 9th at noon, a trio from the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia performed Robert Schumann’s Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Movement 3, and Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro for Viola and Piano Live on WRTI 90.1.

Three years after the great success of his 1798 work The Creation, Joseph Haydn premiered another large oratorio, this time celebrating nature throughout the year. While not often performed today, The Seasons is still a tour de force with an enthusiastic following. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

WRTI's Mark Pinto fills you in on the latest and greatest classical music recordings on (most) Saturdays at 5 pm on Classical New Releases. Here are his top 10 picks for 2017, not in any particular order. Take a look!

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When Beethoven Traded Despair for Triumph

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It was the fall of 1802 when Ludwig van Beethoven confessed his nearly fatal despair about his growing deafness, in what’s now known as his "Heiligenstadt Testament." His music then took a daring new turn. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talks with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas about Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica."

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Violinist Joshua Bell is in town playing Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto with The Philadelphia Orchestra, where he made his first major concert debut at the age of 14. Now, over 35 years later, he’s a celebrated soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor.  And the man who at the age of three first made music by stretching rubber bands across his dresser is still fascinated by the science of  sounds and  music's power to change lives.  

A bestiary in the Middle Ages was a book of illustrations of animals, each accompanied by a moral lesson.   Sir James MacMillan’s musical bestiary for organ and orchestra is informed by his Scottish background, different musical traditions, and a sharp sense of social satire. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

Maybe you can’t be there in person, but you’ll have a chance to listen to history being made in June. WRTI 90.1 and host Gregg Whiteside will bring you the excitement of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s upcoming 2018 tour to Europe and Israel during three simulcasts, each with a one-hour delay.

Born in New York City to Jewish-German immigrants, Lorenz Hart penned some of Broadway’s most haunting, sophisticated lyrics. He began collaborating with composer Richard Rodgers when he was 24 and Rodgers 17.

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