WRTI 90.1's 2018 Essential Classical Composers and Jazz Artists Countdown

We hope you enjoyed this year's Essential Classical and Jazz Countdowns! Lists are at the bottom of this post. And the Essential Winter Quiet Drive was a success, but we're not quite at our goal. Can we count on you to contribute now?

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2005 in Review

Dec 31, 2005

We'll take a look back at the past year in the arts in our region and bring you the highlights of news and events, and the people who made them happen. And what a year it's been. Together we've witnessed great performances and exhibitions and rediscovered so many great perennial treasures. We weren't just here, but also overseas, traveling with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Pennsylvania Ballet as they brought their art to new audiences in Asia and the UK and in Spain where we went on a voyage of discovery into the life of Salvador Dali.

With the New Year spread out like a blank canvas WRTI's Jim Hilgen gets New Years resolutions from people both famous and unknown.

Temple View is WRTI's daily public affairs program featuring short interviews with newsmakers, authors, musicians, and, of course, experts on various topics--many featuring Temple University faculty members.

WRTI's Jim Hilgen previews the holidays with a look at what not to give as holiday gifts.

Temple View is WRTI's daily public affairs program featuring short interviews with newsmakers, authors, musicians, and, of course, experts on various topics--many featuring Temple University faculty members.

With the cold of winter settling in around the region, WRTI's Jim Hilgen looks at homelessness in the city of Philadelphia.

Temple View is WRTI's daily public affairs program featuring short interviews with newsmakers, authors, musicians, and, of course, experts on various topics--many featuring Temple University faculty members.

Walter Cronkite

Dec 6, 2005

On this week's Temple View a conversation with a person who was considered at one time to be the "most trusted man in America." WRTI's Windsor Johnston talks with legendary news anchorman Walter Cronkite about the past, current, and future of Broadcast Journalism.

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Now that we've all had our fill of turkey, WRTI's Jim Hilgen takes a look at holiday shopping trends.

Temple View is WRTI's daily public affairs program featuring short interviews with newsmakers, authors, musicians, and, of course, experts on various topics--many featuring Temple University faculty members.

WRTI's Jim Hilgen looks at options and obstacles facing those looking to retire.

Temple View is WRTI's daily public affairs program featuring short interviews with newsmakers, authors, musicians, and, of course, experts on various topics--many featuring Temple University faculty members.

This week on Temple View a Conversation with Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. WRTI's Windsor Johnston talks with the internationally renowned author and Nobel Peace Prize winner about his experience during and after World War II.

Temple View is WRTI's daily public affairs program featuring short interviews with newsmakers, authors, musicians, and, of course, experts on various topics--many featuring Temple University faculty members.

Meridee Duddleston talks with scientists and older musicians who applaud the benefits of playing music.

Oral sex among teens is growing more common. WRTI's Jim Hilgen looks at the rise of teen oral sex and its implications.

Temple View is WRTI's daily public affairs program featuring short interviews with newsmakers, authors, musicians, and, of course, experts on various topics--many featuring Temple University faculty members.

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Philadelphians have a lot of cheering to do these days, and not just about the Eagles—although we do love to do that! Nine artists from the area are nominated for 2018 Grammy Awards, or are named in connection with them. Here’s a rundown to get you ready for the ceremony.  Most of the awards will be given out during a live stream broadcast Sunday afternoon between 3 pm and 6 pm.  The rest are reserved for the CBS telecast at 7:30 pm.

Henry Grossman; Courtesy of Bernice Horowitz

When Leonard Bernstein’s baton broke during a rehearsal of Candide in the early 1970s, who was summoned to repair it? Richard Horowitz, who at the time was principal timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Two composers—working centuries apart—come together in Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.  WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story about what became one of Vaughn Williams' most successful orchestral works.

Dmitri Shostakovich, known for many dramatic works composed in the shadow of Stalin, showed a different side —one filled with humor and family ties—in his Piano Concerto No. 2.


Three bagpipers from the Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes & Drums join The Philadelphia Orchestra this week in performances of Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise.

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