Arts Desk

Throughout the week

Listen to WRTI's Arts Desk features for a daily look into the world of music, arts, and culture. Listen to brief features throughout the day!

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WRTI Arts Desk
12:47 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Why Play The Viola? The Philadelphia Orchestra's CJ Chang Has The Answer

Philadelphia Principal Violist CJ Chang

Larger than a violin, but smaller than a cello, the viola sits in the middle of the orchestra, providing a critical inner voice to orchestral works. WRTI’s Susan Lewis profiles The Philadelphia’s Orchestra's principal violist, who on this Sunday's concert broadcast on WRTI at 1 pm, steps out in front as soloist.

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MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra playing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:32 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Artists Respond to the Barnes Way of Showing Art

Mark Dion, "The Incomplete Naturalist," 2015. Installation image. Commissioned by the Barnes Foundation for Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: THE ORDER OF THINGS exhibition.
Rick Echelmeyer, photographer The Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia displays its art exactly the way it was shown in Albert C. Barnes’ mansion in Merion. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, three visual artists respond to the idiosyncratic ensembles of Impressionist masters, African art, metalwork, furniture, and more.

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:31 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Changing Times, Changing Orchestras

At a Philadelphia Orchestra LiveNote Night, college students receive help using the Orchestra's new LiveNote app.
Pete Checchia The Philadelphia Orchestra

The 800 members of the League of American Orchestras come from across the country. They include big, small, and medium-sized ensembles, and related arts and cultural organizations. Jesse Rosen is the president and CEO of the League. He spoke with WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston about some of the things happening around the nation as orchestras reinvent their approaches to concerts and audiences.  

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:00 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Can You Hear Me Now? Reverb Making a Difference

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center

Lovers of classical music and jazz, musicians and composers, are acutely tuned in to the acoustics of a performance space. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston looks at the acoustical demands of a concert hall.

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WRTI Arts Desk
5:36 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Pop Culture's Influence on Composer Michael Daugherty

Composer Michael Daugherty

Classical composer Michael Daugherty writes music about ideas, people, and places from popular culture. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, his works invite listeners to engage with the music through their own experiences.

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MUSIC: Metropolis

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WRTI Arts Desk
2:10 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

The Evolution of the Violin's Sound And Design

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. 

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WRTI Arts Desk
7:50 am
Mon May 25, 2015

A Tuba Concerto About The Mississippi River? Michael Daugherty's Composition Defies Expectations

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch, conductor Giandrea Noseda, and composer Michael Daugherty at a March, 2015 rehearsal with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

There are very few tuba concertos in the classical repertoire - Ralph Vaughn Williams' 1954 work is among a handful. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a new addition explores the largely untapped lyricism of the instrument.   

Carol Jantsch and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform Michael Daugherty's Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra, Reflections on the Mississippi, on Sunday May 31st, on WRTI.

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:07 am
Mon May 25, 2015

The Arden Theatre Company Gets Passionate with Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for PASSION.

The Arden Theatre has staged 14 productions of Stephen Sondheim shows since 1993. But opening this month is a first: Passion, a simple love story between people who are anything but simple. Artistic director Terry Nolen tells the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns why he waited until he was good and ready.

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WRTI Arts Desk
8:56 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Eschenbach Wins International Award for a Life in Music

Christoph Eschenbach

Former Philadelphia Orchestra music director Christoph Eschenbach has been awarded The Ernst von Siemens Music Prize for a life in the service of music.
 

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WRTI Arts Desk
8:43 am
Mon May 18, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra's Tribute to the Late Conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos

Spanish conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos (1933-2013)

Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, who passed away in June, 2014, had a longtime relationship with The Philadelphia Orchestra. As WRTI’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.  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.

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