Arts Desk

WRTI Arts Desk
7:30 am
Fri July 3, 2015

What's Close to Sarah Chang's Heart?

Violinist Sarah Chang
Cliff Waatt

At the age of 8, violinist Sarah Chang was featured as soloist with the New York Philharmonic. Soon afterwards, she played with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Today, she has a full career playing with orchestras all over the world. WRTI’s Susan Lewis profiles this busy artist, who still calls the Philadelphia area home.

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WRTI Arts Desk
1:58 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

The Berlin Philharmonic Announces Their Next Chief Conductor

Maestro Kirill Petrenko begins his tenure as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic inn 2018.

The venerable Berlin Philharmonic isn't known for impetuous courtships. But after conducting only three programs, the darkest of horses - Kirill Petrenko - was invited last week to succeed Simon Rattle as the Orchestra's chief conductor. Can the Berlin Philharmonic survive without its usual star power? The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports.

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:01 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD on WRTI! July 4th at 12 Noon

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Charlie Parker

In Opera Philadelphia's Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD, composer Daniel Schnyder illuminates the life of the groundbreaking jazz saxophonist. But, as WRTI’s Kile Smith reports, while the music is all original, the composer couldn’t help slipping in just a taste of Parker for the opera’s lead tenor, Lawrence Brownlee.
 

What composer Daniel Schnyder did not want to write in his opera about the great Charlie Parker was warmed-over bebop. His opera, Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD, is original through and through.

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WRTI Arts Desk
5:59 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Dave Burrell's Music on the Civil War, Parts 1 and 2

Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee

From 2010 to 2015, composer and pianist Dave Burrell wrote 24 works inspired by his study of the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s collection of Civil War documents and photos. The poems and lyrics of Monika Larsson also gave life to many of these compositions. Consulting with experts and scholars, Burrell and Larsson traced the route of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train from Washington to Springfield, Illinois.

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Arts Desk
5:30 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Jazz in a Historic Philadelphia Neighborhood: Sol Unlimited Summer Concert Series

This summer's Sol Unlimited Concert Series is on Tuesday nights at the Morris Estates Cultural Center in West Oak Lane

A summer jazz series is once again showcasing music in a historic neighborhood setting. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the annual series presented by Sol Unlimited Jazz and Arts.

Susan Lewis: The idea behind a family-friendly jazz series started with Sol Unlimited’s driving force, singer-songwriter Serena Sol Brown, who studied piano and experienced jazz at an early age.

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WRTI Arts Desk
11:53 am
Sat June 27, 2015

How Many Arms Does It Take To Conduct The Mendelssohn Club Choir?

TURBINE, for moving choir along the water, has been created for the 200th Anniversary of the Fairmount Water Works.

The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia’s season is going out, not with a bang, but with some urban rumble, random accompaniment by geese, and lots of song in a site-specific work at the Fairmount Water Works this weekend. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns caught Philadelphia’s most venerable choir at its most vulnerable.

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WRTI Arts Desk
11:03 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Close Encounters of the Concert Kind

Stéphane Denève

When can music composed for a film stand on its own? WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports on how John Williams’ suite from Close Encounters of the Third Kind translates to the concert stage.

On WRTI Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 1 pm, Stéphane Denève conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra in a program featuring excerpts of the music from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, as well as music by Lindberg and Prokofiev.

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WRTI Arts Desk
7:57 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Peter Richard Conte: Performing Orchestral Works With Two Hands and Two Feet

Wanamaker Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte

The symphonic organ had its heyday in the first half of the 20th century, when organists transcribed and played works written for orchestra. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, that practice is now coming back into musical fashion.

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:01 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Dave Burrell’s Take on Robert E. Lee and Lincoln

Dave Burrell

From 2010 to 2015, composer and pianist Dave Burrell wrote 24 works inspired by his study of the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s collection of Civil War documents and photos. The poems and lyrics of Monika Larsson also gave life to many of these compositions. Consulting with experts and scholars, Burrell and Larsson traced the route of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train from Washington to Springfield, Illinois.

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WRTI Arts Desk
11:03 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Animals in Classical Music? It's Not Just for Kids!

There’s some great classical music not often played at adult concert series. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, The Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor points to several under-performed masterworks that speak to everyone.

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Music: Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals

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