Astral Artists

Crossover
5:14 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Astral's Artists: The Sky's The Limit

Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano

Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, Astral Artists is an organization that represents and promotes, throughout our region, the best and brightest emerging musicians.  Astral was founded by Vera Wilson, whose vision it was to discover the most promising classical musicians residing in the United States, assist their early professional career development, and present their world-class artistry to the community through concerts and outreach programs.  Wilson knew that nurturing and empowering the talent and ingenuity of these rising stars would ensure a rich musical legacy for generations to come.  Among those who've benefited from Astral's assistance: pianists Charles Abromovic, Simone Dinnerstein and Natalie Zhu; violinists Soovin Kim, Nicolas Kendall and Ayano Ninomiya; vocalists Meredith Arwady, Indra Thomas and Robin Frye; ensembles like Time for Three and the Chiara String Quartet, and other musicians too numerous to mention.

We'll speak with Astral founder Vera Wilson, and two current Astral roster-mates, Julliard graduate flutist Julietta Curenton and Manhattan School  of Music graduate pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine, both of whom have stellar credits to their names.  Curenton and Moutouzkine will also perform duet and solo in WRTI's Performance Studio during the program.


Symphony in C
8:23 am
Sun April 22, 2012

Symphony in C on WRTI: Amazing Astral Artists on April 22nd

Be sure to join us on Sunday, April 22nd from 3 to 5 pm for a special treat! Symphony in C presents Astral Rising Stars in a performance of works by Mozart, Bruch, and Nielsen. Rossen Milanov conducts the orchestra and soloists, including Benjamin Beilman (violin), Angel Hsiao (flute), and Benito Meza (clarinet).

PROGRAM:

MOZART:  Flute Concerto No. 1

BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1

NIELSEN: Clarinet Concerto

Creatively Speaking
11:55 am
Sat March 19, 2011

Settlement Branch Opens, Willow Grove--Dress Designer Roberto Capucci--Astral Composer Aaron Kernis

Settlement Music School, Willow Grove Branch

As Settlement Music School celebrates the opening of its newest branch, Jim Cotter speaks with the school's Executive Director Helen Eaton.

Susan Lewis considers Italian artist and designer Roberto Capucci, whose work is on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through June 5, 2011.

And we speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Astral Artists presents the premiere of a specially commissioned work by Kernis on March 20th.

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Creatively Speaking
4:31 pm
Fri November 13, 2009

OCP's Robert Driver--Phila. Brahms Festival--Renaissance Band Piffaro Upcoming Concerts

The Biava Quartet, including violinists Austin Hartman and Hyunsu Ko, violist Mary Persin, and cellist Gwendolyn Krosnick will perform works by Brahms at Rittenhouse Square's Church of the Holy Trinity on November 14th at 8 pm.

As part of WRTI's "A Day at The Opera," Jim Cotter speaks with Opera Company of Philadelphia Artistic Director Robert Driver about National Opera Week. It celebrates the vitality of the art form as a contemporary cultural expression.

Susan Lewis looks ahead to Saturday's Philadelphia Brahms Festival - three concerts in one day by young musicians from the Astral Artists roster.

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Creatively Speaking
3:21 pm
Wed October 31, 2007

Vera Wilson, Astral Art Services-- The Vanishing Pavillions--The Mendelssohn Club

Vera Wilson

Vera Wilson, Founder and  President of Astral Artistic Services. For 15 years she has provided career  services to promising young classical musicians.

A profile of Michael Hersch. The Haverford-based pianist and composer's The Vanishing Pavillions has just been released on CD.

Also, a look at the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, one of the country's oldest choruses.

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