Theories abound about why the violins created in Cremona, Italy from the mid 1500s to the mid 1700s serve as the benchmark among masterpieces. Intriguing research by acoustics experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology might provide a clue.Â
They perform at presidential inaugurations, state funerals, public concerts, all sorts of official functions, and, of course, in parades. They are the bands of the United States military. Each of the branches is served by a number of these ensembles, and the so-called premier bands take only first-tier musicians from conservatories and schools of music around the country.
Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, who passed away in June, 2014, had a longtime relationship with The Philadelphia Orchestra. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, The Philadelphians performed a concert dedicated to his memory last February, led by someone for whom the late conductor was a mentor.Â WRTI will broadcast that concert on Sunday, May 24th, 2015.
Susan Lewis: In late 2013, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducted two weeks of concerts that marked his 150th performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and expressed his joy in making music with this ensemble.
This spring's Philadelphia Orchestra tour destination isn't Beijing, but Berlin and nine other musical capitals of Europe. Between May 21st and June 6th, audiences will hear the level of music making that local listeners have known for three years under Yannick Nezet-Seguin. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports what is in store.
David Patrick Stearns: The biggest danger of the 2015 Philadelphia Orchestra tour of Europe is that the rest of the orchestra's year might seem like a letdown â€“ to judge from Yannick Nezet-Seguin's state of elation.
Rossen Milanov says goodbye after 15 brilliant years as music director of Symphony in C. In his final concert, recorded April 25 at the Orchestra's home - the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts - principal winds of the orchestra perform the Sinfonia Concertante for winds, by Mozart. Then, the orchestra plays the Romantic Symphony, the Symphony No. 4 of Bruckner.Â Listen to the concert on Sunday at 3 pm on WRTI.
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major, K. 297b for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon
This past January 27th would have been Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 259th birthday. To celebrate, virtuoso violinist and Crossover favorite, Rachel Barton Pine, released a CD of his five violin concertos.
Matthew Weiner, the creator of the hugely popular TV series Mad Men - now in its final season - works very hard at going beneath the surface to capture the look of the 1960s, from company logo typefaces to office equipment tints to the shine in a pair of trousers. Mad Men composer David Carbonara labors just as much on the show's music to express that era; heâ€™s a composer of acutely original pieces.â€¨â€¨
The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Music Director Louis Scaglione invite you to join the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra on Sunday, May 17th at 3 pm for its Annual Festival Concert in Perleman Theater at the Kimmel Center. Conductor Rosalind Erwin leads the orchestra and features Weberâ€™s Overture to Oberon, Holstâ€™s Ballet Music to The Perfect Fool, and Rimsky-Korsakovâ€™s Capricio Espagnol.