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Creatively Speaking
8:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Have You Heard...Grassical Music?

The DePue Brothers Band plays a blend of classical, bluegrass, jazz, pop, and American roots music.

The four DePue brothers (Wallace, Jason, Zack, and Alex) were raised on classical music, barbershop, and Bluegrass. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, today they’re juggling work at conventional ensembles - The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Philly Pops - with a family-based band specializing in a blend of classical and American grass roots music.

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Where Music Lives
7:23 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Princeton: A Musical Mecca!

Princeton, NJ in winter, where music lives...

Few smallish New Jersey towns have major orchestras, choruses and chamber music performances. But music lives in Princeton: and in many guises, as the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns now reports.

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Creatively Speaking
5:58 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Hélène Grimaud And The Piano Music Of Brahms

Pianist Helene Grimaud

Animals and nature are as big a part of Hélène Grimaud’s world as playing concertos with the great orchestras of the world. For years, the concert pianist's earnings went into the creation of the Wolf Conservation Center for endangered species in upstate New York. Then, after seven years of living in Switzerland, she's living back in North Salem, New York where the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns befriended her German Shepherd Chico.

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Creatively Speaking
10:53 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Exploring Debussy and Ravel: Two Great French Masters

Composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Two French composers, who wrote and circulated in the same artistic circles, are still being explored and considered together today. Now, in advance of this week’s concert broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI, Susan Lewis looks at two masterworks that conjure imagery – one on the land, and one on the sea.

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Creatively Speaking
6:57 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Women of Note and Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Jeri Lynne Johnson is music director of Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra.

Now in its sixth season, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra continues to perform classical music in a way that reflects ethnic and gender diversity among musicians. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, an upcoming concert highlights works by three women.

On Thursday evening, December 12, 2013, at Ardmore Presbyterian Church in Ardmore, PA, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, led by Jeri Lynn Johnson performs works by Tania Leon, Suzanne Sorkin, and Melinda Wagner, with flutist Julietta Curenton as soloist. Details here.

Listen to Susan's interview with Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeri Lynn Johnson

Creatively Speaking
6:35 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Symphony in C: Celebrating 60

Harpist Madeline Blood performs with Symphony in C, December 7th at 8 pm

Symphony in C continues its 60th-anniversary season this weekend with a concert featuring the music of Mozart. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the organization is operating under the leadership of a newly appointed president, who has a very hands-on approach.

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Where Music lives
6:19 am
Mon December 2, 2013

The Westminster Symphonic Choir: Singing With The Stars

Westminster Symphonic Choir

Music lives at Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the college's Westminster Symphonic Choir has, for almost 90 years, been performing with the world's foremost orchestras under some legendary conductors, including Leopold Stokowski, Arturo Toscanini and Bruno Walter, and more recently with a college alum who is among the foremost of his generation.

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Creatively Speaking
5:48 am
Mon December 2, 2013

All About Handel's Water Music

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Handel's Water Music stands alongside his Messiah and Music for the Royal Fireworks as one of the best-known works of a composer who went from operas to oratorios. The now-famous Baroque suite commissioned for a king’s ceremonial boat ride on the River Thames was first performed during the summer of 1717.  Five years later, it was brought inside to London’s Stationers Hall. But whether the audience heard all or just part of the hour-long suite remains a mystery.

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Creatively Speaking
7:48 am
Mon November 25, 2013

An All-Curtis Affair

The Dover Quartet

A new work by Curtis Institute Faculty Composer Eric Sessler debuted recently in Baltimore to popular and critical acclaim. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, it will next be performed in Philadelphia by four Curtis alums.

In a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presentation, The Dover Quartet plays Eric Sessler’s String Quartet at The Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater on Wednesday, December 4th at 8 pm.

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Creatively Speaking
7:47 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Ocean Grove: A (Coastal) Musical Sanctuary

Ocean Grove Great Auditorium

Music lives in Ocean Grove, NJ. Where else could you come in from the beach and hear an organ recital during the day, and opera arias at night? No wonder Ocean Grove's Great Auditorium, with its soaring ceiling and electrified American flag, has iconic status. Yet the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns saw lingering Hurricane Sandy damage that's still being repaired and without any help from FEMA.

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