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Listen to a live performance, recorded on Friday, March 9, featuring the young American pianist Henry Kramer performing works by Robert Schumann and Maurice Ravel. A Maine native, Henry’s playing has been lauded as “triumphant” and “thrilling” by The New York Times.

Even before "talking pictures," a piano or small orchestra played a key role in the movies.  And long after the era of silent films, the importance of music remains. WRTI’s hosts and arts reporters recount some of the soundtracks and movie tunes that linger.

Dario Acosta

WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast this Sunday, March 11th brings to the airwaves the final week of the Orchestra’s British Isles Festival conducted by Fabio Luisi.

Robert Schaeffer

A fascinating first-hearing of a string quartet by Marcel Farago is the centerpiece of the live broadcast recorded on March 6th when the Wister Quartet performed the work. Jack Moore was host.

Photo Credit Nic D'Amico

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!

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Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd with events that bring people together to raise awareness for environmental protection. This year, take some personal time to appreciate the world we live in. Breathe in, breathe out, and find peace and tranquility listening to these five classical gems inspired by the secrets, the majesty, and the boldness of the earth.

By Office of Emergency Management [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

April 16, 2018. Pianist Leslie Pintchik was on her way to a doctorate in 17th century English literature at Columbia University when she realized jazz was her true calling.

April 16, 2018. The repertoire of Shanghai-trained Xiayin Wang spans centuries of music, from Bach to Barber.  The pianist has several recordings to her credit, on multiple labels. Her most recent release, Granados: Piano Works, is a collection of solo piano music by Enrique Granados, including Goyescas, his crowning keyboard opus.

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