Westminster Symphonic Choir http://wrti.org en The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Easter Sunday at 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/philadelphia-orchestra-concert-wrti-bachs-st-matthew-passion-easter-sunday-1-pm <p></p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Yannick Nezet-Seguin&nbsp;conducts one of the supreme monuments in Western music, and the work that initiated the great rediscovery of Bach’s music when the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn conducted it in Berlin in 1829 – the <strong><em>St. Matthew Passion</em>.</strong></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:01:37 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 6372 at http://wrti.org The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Easter Sunday at 1 PM Princeton: A Musical Mecca! http://wrti.org/post/princeton-musical-mecca <p>Few smallish New Jersey towns have major orchestras, choruses and chamber music performances. But music lives in Princeton: and in many guises, as the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns now reports.</p><p></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:23:32 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 6775 at http://wrti.org Princeton: A Musical Mecca! The Westminster Symphonic Choir: Singing With The Stars http://wrti.org/post/westminster-symphonic-choir-singing-stars <p></p><p>Music lives at Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the college's Westminster Symphonic Choir has, for almost 90 years, been performing with the world's foremost orchestras under some legendary conductors, including Leopold Stokowski, Arturo Toscanini and Bruno Walter, and more recently with a college alum who is among the foremost of his generation.</p><p>http://youtu.be/zYHRbAJu1dg</p><p>Joe Miller is professor of conducting and chair of conducting for organ and sacred music at Westminster Choir College.</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:19:51 +0000 Jim Cotter 6673 at http://wrti.org The Westminster Symphonic Choir: Singing With The Stars A "Joyous" New Season of Philadelphia Orchestra Concerts Launches on WRTI with Beethoven's 9th! http://wrti.org/post/joyous-new-season-philadelphia-orchestra-concerts-launches-wrti-beethovens-9th <p style="margin-bottom: 14px; color: rgb(36, 31, 32); font-family: proxima-nova, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;">On Sunday, November 10th, at 1 pm, we begin a new season of&nbsp;<em>Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert&nbsp;</em>broadcasts with the 2013-2014 season-opening concert from the end of September, featuring <strong>Beethoven</strong>'s awe-inspiring <strong>Ninth Symphony. </strong>With its universal message of freedom and brotherhood, the Ninth is the crowning achievement of Beethoven’s revolutionary works, its famous “Ode to Joy” serving as a message of hope for all mankind. Showcasing the <strong>Westminster Symphonic Choir,</strong> and conducted by Music Director <strong>Yannick&nbsp;Nezet-Seguin,&nbsp;</strong>this performance launches a two-year cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 14px; color: rgb(36, 31, 32); font-family: proxima-nova, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;">http://youtu.be/cwLkQpVXRfQ</p><p style="margin-bottom: 14px; color: rgb(36, 31, 32); font-family: proxima-nova, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;">The Choir will also appear in Beethoven’s rarely heard setting of Goethe’s&nbsp;<strong><i>Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage,</i></strong>&nbsp;as well as the <strong>world premiere</strong> of the young American composer <strong>Nico </strong><strong>Muhly</strong>’s newly orchestrated&nbsp;<strong><i>Bright Mass with Canons</i></strong>&nbsp;for chorus, orchestra, and featuring the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 14px; color: rgb(36, 31, 32); font-family: proxima-nova, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;">During intermission, WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with<strong> Yannick</strong> about the program, and the new season, and Jim Cotter sits down with both tenor <strong>Chrisistian&nbsp;Elsner</strong> and bass-baritone <strong>Shenyang,&nbsp;</strong>both of whom play very important roles in this concert.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 14px; color: rgb(36, 31, 32); font-family: proxima-nova, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;"><strong>Not to be missed! &nbsp;Be with us on Sunday, November 10th, for the new season of&nbsp;<em>Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert&nbsp;</em>broadcasts, from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.</strong></p><p style="margin-bottom: 14px; color: rgb(36, 31, 32); font-family: proxima-nova, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;"><a href="http://www.philorch.org/concert/beethoven-9-ode-joy?date=2013-09-26_20-00" target="_blank"><strong>Program notes</strong></a></p><p><strong>PROGRAM</strong><br /><br />BEETHOVEN:&nbsp; <em>Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage</em>, for chorus and orchestra<br /><br />MUHLY: <em>Bright Mass with Canons</em><br /><br />BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 ("Choral")<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor<br /><br />Twyla Robinson, soprano<br /><br />Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano<br /><br />Chrisitian Elsner, tenor<br /><br />Shenyang, bass-baritone<br /><br />The Westminster Symphonic Choir -Mixed chorus<br /><br />Joe Miller, director</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:50:40 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 6619 at http://wrti.org A "Joyous" New Season of Philadelphia Orchestra Concerts Launches on WRTI with Beethoven's 9th! The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Brahms' German Requiem and More! http://wrti.org/post/philadelphia-orchestra-concert-wrti-brahms-german-requiem-and-more <p>It was an unforgettable performance! Re-live it on<strong> Sunday, September 22, 2 to 4 pm </strong>as then Music Director-Designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin took the podium in March, 2011 to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra, Westminster Symphonic Choir, and soloists Dorothea Roeschmann and Matthias Goerne in a critically acclaimed performance of Johannes Brahms's humanistic and glorious <em>Ein Deutsches Requiem, A German Requiem - </em>a symphonic as well as a choral masterpiece.</p><p>The program also features one of the pillars of the classical repertory: Mozart's <em>Symphony No. 40. </em>Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>We hope you're enjoying our Philadelphia Orchestra broadcasts! Please keep WRTI going strong by becoming a member, renewing your membership, or making an additional gift in support of fabulous programming. Help us reach our $330,000 Member Drive goal. </strong></p><p><strong><a href="https://secure.publicbroadcasting.net/wrti/pledge.pledgemain" target="_blank">Pledge here </a>or call 1-866-809-9784.</strong></p><p><strong>Intermission features:</strong></p><p>Yannick&nbsp;talks about his deep personal connection to Brahms's choral masterpiece.</p><p>http://youtu.be/zcpSrA5-KZ0</p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;"><a href="http://www.philorch.org/concert/yannick-and-german-requiem?date=2011-11-03_20-00" target="_blank"><strong>More information, including Program Notes, on The Philadelphia Orchestra website.</strong></a></p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;"><strong>Program:</strong></p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;"><strong>MOZART: Symphony No. 40</strong></p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;"><strong>INTERMISSION</strong></p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;"><strong>BRAHMS:<em>&nbsp; Ein Deutsches Requiem</em></strong></p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Dorothea&nbsp;Röschmann, soprano</p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Matthias&nbsp;Goerne, baritone</p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor</p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;"> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 04:13:31 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 6471 at http://wrti.org The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Brahms' German Requiem and More! The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Acclaimed 2011 Performance of Brahms' German Requiem http://wrti.org/post/philadelphia-orchestra-concert-wrti-acclaimed-2011-performance-brahms-german-requiem <p>It was an unforgettable performance! Re-live it on<strong> Sunday, March 31st, 2 to 4 pm </strong>as then Music Director-Designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin took the podium in March, 2011 to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra, Westminster Symphonic Choir, and soloists Dorothea Roeschmann and Matthias Goerne in a critically acclaimed performance of Johannes Brahms's humanistic and glorious <em>Ein Deutsches Requiem, A German Requiem - </em>a symphonic as well as a choral masterpiece.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:58:30 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 5334 at http://wrti.org The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Acclaimed 2011 Performance of Brahms' German Requiem Preparing The Chorus For A Master Work http://wrti.org/post/preparing-chorus-master-work <p></p><p>Music lives at Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the college's Westminster Symphonic Choir has, for almost 90 years, been performing with the world's foremost orchestras under some legendary conductors, including Leopold Stokowski, Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Pierre Boulez, Robert Shaw, Kurt Masur and on and on.</p><p>Joe Miller is professor of conducting and chair of conducting for organ and sacred music at Westminster Choir College. This week, his Westminster Symphonic Choir performs Bach’s St Mathew Passion with The Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nezet-Seguin, a Westminster Alum.</p><p>http://youtu.be/zYHRbAJu1dg</p><p> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 23:18:36 +0000 Jim Cotter 5295 at http://wrti.org Preparing The Chorus For A Master Work