Alison Balsom

Join us this Sunday, February 15th for WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast. You'll hear a performance from this past December, 2014 that saw British composer, conductor, and pianist Bramwell Tovey performing in all three roles!

The true story of a 19th-century swindler in New York City inspired not only an opera, but also a concerto. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on Bramwell Tovey’s Songs of the Paradise Saloon for trumpet and orchestra.

Radio Script:

Susan Lewis: Commissioned by the Calgary Opera, Bramwell Tovey became intrigued by the life of a notorious man named Alexander Keith. Both charming and deadly, Keith swindled many, and eventually planted explosives in an ocean liner, killing 80 people.  

Two world-renowned soloists join Dirk Brossé and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for Sunday's broadcast at 5 pm. Trumpeter Alison Balsom plays the Concerto for Trumpet of Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Then, clarinetist Anthony McGill plays the Mozart Clarinet Concerto.  

Also on the program, one of Music Director Dirk Brossé's own works, the Elegy for Strings.  Dave Conant is host.  Sunday, July 21st, 5 to 6 pm.

This week on Crossover, it's an encore featuring British trumpeter Alison Balsom. A mixture of glamor, charisma, and virtuosic musicianship aptly describes Ms. Balsom. Kudos abound with raves from critics all over the world. Named "Female Artist of the Year" twice at the Classic BRITs, hailed by Gramophone magazine, Britain's Classic FM, and The New York Times, she continues to release collectable and stunning performances on the EMI label and to appear in concert and on TV with major orchestras internationally. Ms. Balsom's recent CD of modern concertos, Seraph, adds to her repertoire of classical and Baroque composers.

A mixture of glamor, charisma, and virtuosic musicianship aptly describes Jill Pasternak's Crossover guest this week: British trumpeter Alison Balsom.