Arts Desk

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Are you a basic romantic, a starry-eyed sweetheart, a cranky curmudgeon, or a wizened veteran of love's enduring themes? Let’s hear from you! What concerto, song, movement, or jazz riff pulls on your heartstrings On Wednesday, February 14th we’re devoting our regular jazz and classical request hours to YOUR Valentine’s Day favorites. Tell us what they are! 

Vern Evans

Music was her family business, but conducting became her very own dream job. Now known worldwide, Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla turned to conducting when she was 11 because she was too old to begin studying an instrument. And look where she is now...

Are you an ecstatic fan of the Philadelphia Eagles? Heading to the big Super Bowl victory parade on Thursday? Well, we're celebrating, too...with our top 10 classical works that will leave you flying high!

Join us on Friday at 12:10 pm to hear mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams, winner of Astral’s 2014 National Auditions, singing LIVE from WRTI’s Performance Studio.

This Sunday at 1 pm, listen to Joshua Bell play Bernstein in a 2013 broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it was part of a celebration of the Renaissance man who influenced so many, including Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

While you're celebrating the Eagles big win, we have the perfect jazz tunes to keep your spirits high. WRTI's Maureen Malloy has put together this playlist with the Eagles' victory in mind.

Samuel Jones, an award-winning composer whose works are performed by major orchestras and choral groups around the United States, recently visited Philadelphia for the premiere of his flute concerto by The Philadelphia Orchestra. It brought back strong memories of how Eugene Ormandy mentored him long ago. 

Craig Schwartz

This Sunday, February 4th at Penn's Harold Prince Theatre, the world-renowned Daedalus Quartet performs Beethoven’s String Quartet Opus 131 after a staged reading of Michael Hollinger’s award-winning play, Opus. WRTI's Debra Lew Harder spoke with playwright Michael Hollinger and Dr. Marcia Ferguson, who directs the play, about this unique production, and what the audience can expect.

Classical music and the gridiron? Definitely NOT mutually exclusive! In fact, this Saturday, the night before the Eagles meet the New England Patriots in the land of the Vikings, the Fabulous Philadelphians will sound off with another full throttle rendition of the "Eagles Victory Song."

When music’s biggest night blasted off Sunday afternoon in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, home— for some contenders—was just a short train ride away. Here are the Philadelphians who won Grammys, and the Philadelphia-based talents who helped the winners along.