Follow the Schuylkill west from Philadelphia - either the river or the expressway will do - and you’ll eventually arrive in Reading. The state’s fifth-largest city, John Philip Sousa spent his last days here, the Rabbit series by John Updike was set here, and, Reading once lent its name to a now-defunct railway company with a still well-known Philadelphia terminal.
Today, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the city is best known for its outlet malls, its pagoda, and a wealth of regional cultural organizations including the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Music Lives in Reading.
Philadelphia has produced its share of opera singers. But what about operas themselves? Conservatives might say we have quite enough of them already. Nonetheless, there are currently six operas in the making in our region - one, each, by Jennifer Higdon, Missy Mazzoli, and Melissa Dunphy, and two from Andrea Clearfield. But the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns tracked down the one who crossed the finish line first - Havertown-based Michael Hersch - only to ask, is this really opera?
Michael Hersch's opera, On the Threshold of Winter, premieres next summer in New York by the Nunc new music ensemble.
After some uncertain times, the Philadelphia classical music scene is enjoying one of its brightest periods. While most of this is a reflection of the resurgence of The Philadelphia Orchestra, the ensemble that shares its Kimmel Center home is also on the up and up, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports.
Seen by many as the smaller sibling of the "Fabulous Philadelphians," The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has been quietly growing and expanding in ways that are causing similar groups around the country to sit up and take notice.
This coming Sunday marks the anniversary of the birth of trumpet virtuoso, singer, and bandleader Louis Armstrong. WRTI’s Susan Lewis looks at the life and legacy of a musician who propelled jazz onto a mainstream stage.
Pianist Garrick Ohlsson recently celebrated a landmark birthday, one that in the past might have qualified him for “golden years” status. But as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the one-time child prodigy continues to look forward.
This Sunday afternoon on WRTI, Garrick Ohlsson plays Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 in concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra. The program, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, also features works by Richard Strauss.
Music lives, as it has for decades, on Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. And now - as the Curtis Institute of Music works with a company that distributes free classes through the Internet - world-class instruction will be available throughout the world. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the renowned conservatory is offering two pilot classes to audiences everywhere a computer and Internet access can be found. Coursera is making this happen.
Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas launches September 3rd. From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance, launches October 1st .
Penn Music History Professor Jeffrey Kallberg talks to Susan Lewis about Tchaikovsky's secret correspondence with a patron, Countess von Meck.
WRTI's upcoming broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert features Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, insights into the work have come from the composer’s correspondence with a secretive patron.
Listen on Sunday, July 28th, 2 to 4 pm. The program also includes music by Wagner and Christopher Rousee.
Summer draws people to the water, but Philadelphia’s rivers are important to city residents year round. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, that’s the message of the Independence Seaport Museum, on the Delaware River at Penn's Landing.
The Independence Seaport Museum is open daily, with extended hours Thursday through Saturday during the summer. Tides of Freedom, an exhibition now at the Seaport Museum through 2015, tells of the role of the river in the African-American experience.
Music lives in Ocean County, New Jersey where the Garden State Philharmonic opens its arms to existing and future generations of music lovers, forging a classical path between the metropolises of Philadelphia and New York City. Anthony LaGruth is the artistic director and conductor of the orchestra-in-residence at Ocean County College in Toms River, New Jersey. The ensemble opens its new season on November 16th with Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony at the historic Strand Theatre in Lakewood.
Esa-Pekka Salonen is best known for his fruitful 17-year tenure as the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, now led by Gustavo Dudamel. Together, with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, Salonen is credited with putting the West Coast on the classical music map in an entirely new way. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the conductor will return to LA's Disney Hall later this year.