Susan Lewis http://wrti.org en Meet The Philadelphia Orchestra's New Assistant Conductor http://wrti.org/post/meet-philadelphia-orchestras-new-assistant-conductor <p></p><p>As The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its new season in September 2014, the ensemble will have a new assistant conductor on board. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Hong Kong-trained musician has garnered international acclaim this summer.</p><p>http://youtu.be/xFfmf4wHpjA</p><p></p><p><a href="https://www.philorch.org/concert/season-begins-2?date=2014-09-26_20-00" target="_blank"><strong>The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its 2014/2015 season on September 26th with pianist Lang Lang, and Yannick Nezet-Seguin on the podium. </strong></a></p><p></p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:59:13 +0000 Susan Lewis 7561 at http://wrti.org Meet The Philadelphia Orchestra's New Assistant Conductor The Obsessive Love That Fueled Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique http://wrti.org/post/obsessive-love-fueled-berliozs-symphonie-fantastique <p></p><p>A symphonic self portrait that premiered in 1830 has become one of the most-performed works in the orchestral repertoire. WRTI’s Susan Lewis discusses this epitome of romantic program music with conductor <strong>Michael Tilson Thomas.</strong></p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Susan Lewis 6898 at http://wrti.org The Obsessive Love That Fueled Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique The Art of Creating 18th-Century Sounds on Modern Instruments http://wrti.org/post/art-creating-18th-century-sounds-modern-instruments <p></p><p>On Sunday August 24, 2014, WRTI broadcasts a&nbsp;Philadelphia Orchestra concert featuring a Haydn symphony that was first played in 1794. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talked with the orchestra’s principal trumpet about using modern instruments to produce a more 18th-century sound. The program also includes Vivaldi’s <em>Four Seasons</em> and Purcell’s Suite No. 1 from <em>The Fairy-Queen.</em></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:02:36 +0000 Susan Lewis 7553 at http://wrti.org The Art of Creating 18th-Century Sounds on Modern Instruments The Transformation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Frank Gehry's Master Plan http://wrti.org/post/transformation-philadelphia-museum-art-frank-gehrys-master-plan <p></p><p><strong>The Philadelphia Museum of Art </strong>is now showcasing plans to update and renovate its main building. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the design is by celebrated architect <strong>Frank Gehry,</strong> for whom the project was both atypical and pre-ordained.</p><p>The exhibition <a href="http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/809.html" target="_blank"><em><strong>Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art</strong></em>,</a> which includes drawings and architectural models, runs through September 1, 2014.</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:51:52 +0000 Susan Lewis 7568 at http://wrti.org The Transformation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Frank Gehry's Master Plan Musa: A Name You'll Remember... http://wrti.org/post/musa-name-youll-remember <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Philadelphia region is rich with music schools training the next generation of artists. South-African bass-baritone <a href="http://www.musangqungwana.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Musa Ngqungwana</strong></a>, a recent graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts and a 2013 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, stands out and already has a busy international performance schedule in the upcoming season.</p><p>WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks with Musa about his career thus far, and the road ahead.</p><p>http://youtu.be/dLsbe8RfXEs</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:44:13 +0000 Susan Lewis 7528 at http://wrti.org Musa: A Name You'll Remember... Backstage with Itzhak Perlman: Talking About Teaching http://wrti.org/post/backstage-itzhak-perlman-talking-about-teaching <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of classical music’s superstars plays all over the world, appears on large and small screens, makes multiple recordings, and&nbsp;also conducts. As </span>WRTI’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Susan Lewis reports, </span><a href="http://www.itzhakperlman.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><strong>Itzhak Perlman </strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is passionate about&nbsp;passing on&nbsp;music in the classroom as well.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">http://youtu.be/NbK522bplTc</span></p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:41:50 +0000 Susan Lewis 6821 at http://wrti.org Backstage with Itzhak Perlman: Talking About Teaching Remembering the Great Louis Armstrong with Terry Teachout http://wrti.org/post/remembering-great-louis-armstrong-terry-teachout <p></p><p></p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:14:01 +0000 Susan Lewis 7523 at http://wrti.org Remembering the Great Louis Armstrong with Terry Teachout Classical Star Yuja Wang: Embracing Traditional and Contemporary Culture http://wrti.org/post/classical-star-yuja-wang-embracing-traditional-and-contemporary-culture <p>Curtis Graduate, Chinese Pianist <strong>Yuja Wang</strong> performs all over the world. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the young classical star embraces traditional and contemporary culture.</p><p>http://youtu.be/NxmZeVMsf_c</p><p><a href="http://wrti.org/post/yuja-wang-plays-rachmaninoff-philadelphia-orchestra-wrti-august-10-1-pm" target="_blank"><strong>On Sunday August 10, 2014 on WRTI, Yuja Wang plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with The Philadelphia Orchestra. The concert, led by Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, also includes music by Strauss.</strong></a></p><p></p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:57:29 +0000 Susan Lewis 7524 at http://wrti.org Classical Star Yuja Wang: Embracing Traditional and Contemporary Culture Looking at Debussy and Ravel with the Late Maestro Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos http://wrti.org/post/looking-debussy-and-ravel-late-maestro-rafael-fruhbeck-de-burgos <p></p><p>Spanish conductor&nbsp;<strong>Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos,</strong> who&nbsp;died in June, conducted The Philadelphia Orchestra this past season. The program featured the music of two French composers who wrote and circulated in the same artistic circles&nbsp;in&nbsp;the late-19th and early-20th centuries. During&nbsp;Fruhbeck's visit,&nbsp; WRTI's Susan Lewis talked with the Maestro about the imagery and musicality of Debussy and Ravel.</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:00:38 +0000 Susan Lewis 7512 at http://wrti.org Looking at Debussy and Ravel with the Late Maestro Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos Diana Glows Again at the Philadelphia Museum of Art http://wrti.org/post/diana-glows-again-philadelphia-museum-art <p></p><p>The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s statue of Diana, Goddess of the Hunt, was created by the renowned sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens in 1893, for the top of Madison Square Garden - which was then on New York City's East Side. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports,&nbsp;a recent re-gilding recalls its past, but also suits its contemporary home.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:17:16 +0000 Susan Lewis 7509 at http://wrti.org Diana Glows Again at the Philadelphia Museum of Art