Astral Artists http://wrti.org en Astral's Artists: The Sky's The Limit http://wrti.org/post/astrals-artists-skys-limit-dec-15-1130-am <p></p><p>Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, Astral Artists is an organization that represents and promotes, throughout our region, the best and brightest emerging musicians. &nbsp;Astral was founded by Vera Wilson, whose vision it was to discover the most promising classical musicians residing in the United States, assist their early professional career development, and present their world-class artistry to the community through concerts and outreach programs. &nbsp;Wilson knew that nurturing and empowering the talent and ingenuity of these rising stars would ensure a rich musical legacy for generations to come. &nbsp;Among those who've benefited from Astral's assistance: pianists Charles Abromovic, Simone Dinnerstein and Natalie Zhu; violinists Soovin Kim, Nicolas Kendall and Ayano Ninomiya; vocalists Meredith Arwady, Indra Thomas and Robin Frye; ensembles like Time for Three and the Chiara String Quartet, and other musicians too numerous to mention.<br><br>We'll speak with Astral founder Vera Wilson, and two current Astral roster-mates, Julliard graduate flutist Julietta Curenton and Manhattan School &nbsp;of Music graduate pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine, both of whom have stellar credits to their names. &nbsp;Curenton and Moutouzkine will also perform duet and solo in WRTI's Performance Studio during the program.</p><div></div><p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 22:14:57 +0000 Jill Pasternak 4876 at http://wrti.org Astral's Artists: The Sky's The Limit Symphony in C on WRTI: Amazing Astral Artists on April 22nd http://wrti.org/post/symphony-c-wrti-amazing-astral-artists-april-22nd <p>Be sure to join us on Sunday, April 22nd from 3 to 5 pm for a special treat! <a href="http://symphonyinc.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Symphony in C </strong></a>presents Astral Rising Stars in a performance of works by Mozart, Bruch, and Nielsen. Rossen Milanov conducts the orchestra and soloists, including Benjamin Beilman (violin), Angel Hsiao (flute), and Benito Meza (clarinet).</p><p><strong>PROGRAM:</strong></p><p>MOZART:&nbsp; Flute Concerto No. 1</p><p>BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1</p><p>NIELSEN: Clarinet Concerto</p><p>http://youtu.be/TnIRiwsdqJI</p> Sun, 22 Apr 2012 12:23:48 +0000 WRTI Staff 3793 at http://wrti.org Symphony in C on WRTI: Amazing Astral Artists on April 22nd Settlement Branch Opens, Willow Grove--Dress Designer Roberto Capucci--Astral Composer Aaron Kernis http://wrti.org/post/settlement-branch-opens-willow-grove-dress-designer-roberto-capucci-astral-composer-aaron <p>As Settlement Music School celebrates the opening of its newest branch, Jim Cotter speaks with the school's Executive Director Helen Eaton.</p> <p>Susan Lewis considers Italian artist and designer Roberto Capucci, whose work is on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through June 5, 2011.</p> <p>And we speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Astral Artists presents the premiere of a specially commissioned work by Kernis on March 20th.</p> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 15:55:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & Susan Lewis 2508 at http://wrti.org Settlement Branch Opens, Willow Grove--Dress Designer Roberto Capucci--Astral Composer Aaron Kernis OCP's Robert Driver--Phila. Brahms Festival--Renaissance Band Piffaro Upcoming Concerts http://wrti.org/post/ocps-robert-driver-phila-brahms-festival-renaissance-band-piffaro-upcoming-concerts <p>As part of WRTI's "A Day at The Opera," Jim Cotter speaks with Opera Company of Philadelphia Artistic Director Robert Driver about National Opera Week. It celebrates the vitality of the art form as a contemporary cultural expression.</p> <p>Susan Lewis looks ahead to Saturday's Philadelphia Brahms Festival - three concerts in one day by young musicians from the Astral Artists roster. </p> <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken, co-founders of Piffaro. The Renaissance band performs music of 17th-century Portugal in a series of concerts this weekend with the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia.</p> Fri, 13 Nov 2009 21:31:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & Susan Lewis 2242 at http://wrti.org OCP's Robert Driver--Phila. Brahms Festival--Renaissance Band Piffaro Upcoming Concerts Vera Wilson, Astral Art Services-- The Vanishing Pavillions--The Mendelssohn Club http://wrti.org/post/vera-wilson-astral-art-services-vanishing-pavillions-mendelssohn-club <p>Vera Wilson, Founder and President of Astral Artistic Services. For 15 years she has provided career services to promising young classical musicians. </p> <p>A profile of Michael Hersch. The Haverford-based pianist and composer's <i>The Vanishing Pavillions</i> has just been released on CD. </p> <p>Also, a look at the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, one of the country's oldest choruses.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2007 19:21:00 +0000 Jim Cotter, David Patrick Stearns & Susan Lewis 1895 at http://wrti.org Vera Wilson, Astral Art Services-- The Vanishing Pavillions--The Mendelssohn Club