Astral

Ryan Brandenberg

Join us Friday at noon to hear Project Fusion, a dynamic young saxophone quartet, when they chat with Classical Coffeehouse Host Debra Lew Harder and perform LIVE. A winner of Astral's 2015 National Auditions, Project Fusion has captured top prizes in prestigious chamber music competitions; the ensemble's concerts have been described as “joyful celebrations.”

Musicians from ASTRAL, LIVE on WRTI 90.1!

Oct 18, 2017

Something special happened on WRTI 90.1 on Thursday, October 19th! We hosted on the air, two amazingly talented young musicians from ASTRAL, a Philadelphia-based mentoring program that specializes in developing the early careers of extraordinary classical artists.

Skillful young athletes might get their career bearings on a pro team, but what’s the equivalent for promising artists in the classical music world? WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston learns about one organization that has mentored some of the best in the field, including guitarist Jason Vieaux, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, flutist Mimi Stillman, soprano Angela Meade, and the string trio Time For Three.

When Samuel Barber’s violin concerto was rejected by the man for whom it was commissioned in 1939, he turned to his alma mater — The Curtis Institute of Music — where the concerto was performed to acclaim, leading to its official premiere with The Philadelphia Orchestra. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talked to a panel of artists about Barber’s legacy, and the pleasures and perils of creating and performing new work in Philadelphia.