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Creatively Speaking
1:27 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2015-2016 Season Announced!

Yannick Nezet-Seguin is music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is hardly settling into a routine in its fourth season with Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Plans for 2015-2016 announced this week have the conductor going well beyond typical classical subscription concerts, plus engineering guest appearances that are bound to make national news. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports.

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Creatively Speaking
12:26 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

A Difficult Competition Piece by Debussy Now a Treasure in the Repertoire

Ricardo Morales

Competitions have tested serious music students for decades. They also have prompted the composition of works that continue to enrich the repertoire. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on Claude Debussy’s Rhapsody No. 1 for Clarinet and Orchestra.

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Susan Lewis: Its ethereal quality belies its difficulty, but Debussy’s Rhapsody No. 1 for Clarinet and Piano was composed for clarinet graduation exams at the Paris Conservatory.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:03 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Soundtrack To The Outback: Remembering Peter Sculthorpe

On Australia Day, we salute composer Peter Sculthorpe.
Bridget Elliot Sono Luminus

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:16 am

They're celebrating Down Under. Today is Australia Day, a holiday marking the arrival of British ships at Sydney Harbour in 1788. A perfect day then to salute something truly Australian, something that speaks of national pride, austere landscapes and even the darker side of Australian history — the music of Peter Sculthorpe, who died last year at age 85.

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The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI
11:06 am
Sat January 24, 2015

The Met Opera on WRTI: Kristine Opolais Sings Mimi in Puccini's LA BOHEME, Jan. 24, 1 PM

Soprano Kristine Opolais sings Mimi in Puccini's LA BOHEME
Marco Borggreve

Franco Zeffirelli’s classic take on Puccini’s most popular opera, the immortal tale of tragic young love, is set among the rooftops of bohemian Paris. Soprano Kristine Opolais sings the role of the fragile Mimì, with Jean-François Borras as the love-sick poet Rodolfo. Riccardo Frizza conducts. Puccini's La Boheme, Saturday, January 24, 1 to 4 pm.

Do you know the astonishing story about how Kristine Opolais made history at The Met? Read about it here!

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:33 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Latin Symphony: How Classical Music Saved Dinorah Marquez's Life

Young members of the Latino Arts: Strings program.
Courtesy of the artist

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Symphony in C on WRTI
2:57 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Romantic Favorites and Charles Peck's Metropolitan: Symphony in C, Jan. 25 at 3 PM on WRTI

Composer Charles Peck's "Metropolitan" is featured in this broadcast.

Gems from the Romantic repertoire take center stage following a performance of the winning entry in the 2015 Young Composers Competition with music by Charles Peck. One of the first concerti of the Romantic age, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1, will feature pianist Roman Rabinovich. The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony in B minor, based on Lord Byron’s dramatic metaphysical poem.

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Creatively Speaking
6:30 am
Mon January 19, 2015

That Charming Violin Shop Off Rittenhouse Square

In a quaint, historic building on Philadelphia’s Locust Street, just a few doors down from the Curtis Institute of Music, David Michie restores and sells violins and bows, drawing virtuoso musicians from far and wide. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston paid a visit to this master craftsman.

Michie has much to say about the importance of a high-quality bow. "What the Italians were to string instruments, the French were to bows," he explains. In the 1800s, large blocks of wood from the pernambuco tree were used as ballast in ships making their way from Brazil to France.  And Francois Tourte, who developed the modern bow and is considered the “Stradavarius of bow makers,” took to the wood and started using it. Pernambuco is now an endangered species whose export is restricted. Although carbon fiber and other substitutes are now in the mix, Michie says nothing beats a bow made of pernambuco wood from Brazil.

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:41 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

What We Love And Hate About 'Mozart In The Jungle'

Gael García Bernal (right), Bernadette Peters and Malcolm McDowell star in the classical music comedy series Mozart in the Jungle.
Nicole Rivelli Amazon Studios

Pill popping, pot smoking, back-stabbing, bed hopping and tantrum throwing — now we're talking classical music! At least that's what the new Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle would have us believe is all in a day's work for orchestra musicians. The 10-part series is based on a tell-all book of the same name published a decade ago by oboist Blair Tindall.

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The Philadelphians on WRTI
10:48 am
Tue January 13, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: A Debut for Finnish Conductor Susanna Malkki

Conductor Susanna Malkki
Simon Fowler

On Sunday, January 18th at 1 pm, the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert brings us the music of Respighi, Stravinsky, and Brahms, conducted by the brilliant young Finnish Maestra, Susanna Malkki, who makes her Philadelphia Orchestra debut with this performance from last November, 2014 at Verizon Hall.

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Creatively Speaking
3:47 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

The Lunch That Launched Stravinsky's Famous Violin Concerto

Igor Stravinsky was reluctant to write a violin concerto...until a violinist changed his mind.

Twentieth-century composer Igor Stravinsky was at first reluctant to accept a commission for a violin concerto because he didn’t know the instrument well enough. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he changed his mind after consulting the intended violinist – who was game to try an unusual approach.  

On Sunday, January 18, 2015 on WRTI, Juliette Kang and The Philadelphia Orchestra play Stravinsky’s violin concerto in a program that also features music by Brahms and Respighi.

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