Anyone who has ever attended a local sports event knows that Philadelphians love their beer. But what’s less well understood is the role that Philadelphia brewers, many of whom were German immigrants, played in the social and economic development of the city during the 1800s. WRTI's Jim Cotter reports.
One popular work in the orchestral repertoire was written by a Russian composer and then orchestrated decades later by a Frenchman. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, this version had its first performance in October in Paris in 1922. The music describes a stroll through the gallery - a promenade - with ten specific images brought to life.
Six of the drawings and watercolors that inspired Mussorgsky have survived. The first performance of Pictures at an Exhibition as orchestrated by Ravel took place in Paris on October 19th in 1922.
On The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert this Sunday afternoon at 1 pm, a highly acclaimed Georgian soloist performs Bela Bartók’s first Violin Concerto. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the work was written while the composer was under the spell of unrequited love.
The Pennsylvania Philharmonic may be the ultimate anomaly: an orchestra that's being born rather than fearing its death. The idea is that if the outlying Pennsylvania towns can't support an orchestra on its own, maybe four or five or six can do so between them - and afford the star pianist Simone Dinnerstein. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports from Pottstown.
Known for her distinctive singing, which she did most often from the keyboard, Shirley Horn studied classical music before turning to jazz in the 1950s. In the early '60s she caught the attention of Miles Davis, and then her career started to take off.
Philadelphia-based singer Phyllis Chapell spoke with WRTI's Susan Lewis about how her own approach to music changed when she began listening to Shirley Horn, beginning with the song, "Here’s to Life."
It’s no secret that a favorite piece of music can evoke profound pleasure and emotion. We've all experienced the “chills” response. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston hears from a neuroscientist about the visceral and culturally conditioned effect of music on the brain.
For over three decades, Dr. Robert Zatorre of the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University has researched and broken down the complex set of interactions that occur when we experience sounds strung together to produce a full range of emotions - from the sublime to the soulfully sad.
A new film debuting at the 2014 Philadelphia Film Festival documents the activities of two after-school intensive music programs for children in underserved communities - one in New York, the other in Philadelphia. WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports.
Nobody is surprised when jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis explores the classical side of his personality. Though on his current tour with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, he's on new ground playing music by contemporaries of J.S. Bach written a century before the saxophone was even invented. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns found out how that actually worked.
Among Mozart’s hundreds of compositions are 27 piano concertos. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the young pianist Jan Lisiecki, who is making his mark today, is drawn to their musical purity, emotional complexity, and sense of fun.
The Jazz Sanctuary is an organization that takes jazz into houses of worship and other nontraditional venues. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, founder Alan Segal says jazz and the spiritual community drove his recovery from a life-threatening crisis.