Lesley Valdes, WRTI's critic-at-large, reviews The Philadelphia Orchestra's June 29th all-Beethoven performance at the Mann Center, featuring violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Kyu Yeon Kim - Curtis students making their Orchestra debuts. Four more students and graduates from Curtis will debut with the Philadelphians at the Mann on June 30th and July 1st. The summer series of Philadelphia Orchestra concerts at the Mann includes performances on July 21st, 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th, and 30th
Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin is Jill's guest this week. Her new CD - Journey to the New World - takes you from the Renaissance to the world of Bluegrass music, and features guest performers including singer Joan Baez and fiddler Mark O'Connor in the world premiere of his folk-inspired suite for violin and guitar.
Hear the "Creme de la Creme" of North America's young opera singers compete in the final concert that ends the long, competitive journey to the fabled Metropolitan Opera stage in New York City.
Eight finalists, between the ages of 20 and 30 years old, were selected from nearly 1,800 singers who participated in the auditions. They competed in The Grand Finals Concert last February at Lincoln Center. WRTI presents a recording of the concert on Sunday, June 28th from 3 to 5 pm.
Join Jill Pasternak when she interviews the multi-dimensional violinist Rachel Barton Pine. A child prodigy from Chicago, who went on to appear as soloist with some of the world's most famous orchestras, Rachel overcame a devastating accident in 1995 to continue a career that crosses from the classical music world and into Celtic, folk music, rock, and jazz. Hear her inspiring story on Crossover this Saturday.