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March 26, 2018. With an extensive resume spanning from Hollywood to Broadway and covering the depths of jazz, it’s no wonder trumpeter Louise Baranger could lead a band that nails tunes from the ‘60s and ‘70s. She does just that on the album Louise Baranger Plays The Great American Groove Book.

March 26, 2018. It might seem a little late, but with all the winter weather we’ve been having, listening to New Year’s Concert 2018 with the Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti might be just the right cure.

Although Handel’s Messiah is now regularly performed during the Christmas holidays, the work was actually premiered in the spring before Easter. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the fantastically successful masterpiece, which was created by necessity in just 24 days over two centuries ago.


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Cellist Dale Henderson began performing Bach’s Cello Suites in the subways of New York City in 2010, determined to spread the wonders of Bach. Today, Henderson's project— Bach in the Subways— has grown exponentially as thousands mark Bach's birthday week with free performances in subways, and other public venues across the globe.

March 19, 2018. Guitarist John Hart, Hammond organist Adam Scone and drummer Rudy Albin Petschauer got together to record an album that doesn’t seem like it should make sense —until you realize the idea couldn’t be more perfect. The quintessentially American organ trio plays British pop music in a traditional way  on their new release, Leading the British Invasion.

March 19, 2018. As if Yannick Nézet-Séguin weren’t busy enough with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Met Opera, his Orchestre Métropolitain, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic! He’s also been recording regularly with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Yannick’s latest venture with that group is Visions of Prokofiev, featuring superstar violinist Lisa Batiashvili.


Thinking about the legacy of jazz pianist Bill Evans, you might be surprised to know that some cool cats named Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, and—especially—Johann Sebastian Bach helped shape his sound.

Mahler ends his Fourth Symphony with a song about child’s vision of heaven. Its messages about joy and music fuel the passion of one of today’s rising conducting stars. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more from Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla about Mahler, music, and life.


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J.S. Bach wrote hundreds of sacred cantatas for voices and orchestra on liturgical texts. One season in Bach’s life reveals some of the cantatas he thought would endure through generations.

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