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8:09 am
Mon December 16, 2013

The Ocean City Pops: Something For Everyone!

The Ocean City Music PIer

As we approach the darkest days of winter, we now take a look ahead to the future dog days of summer as  WRTI's Jim Cotter takes us down the shore, where music lives on the Ocean City Music Pier.

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4:23 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

The Crossing @ Christmas on WRTI

A choir that principally performs secular music will, this week, steep itself in a most holy of winter holiday musical traditions. But WRTI's Jim Cotter says he is not expecting to hear a load of old chestnuts in The Crossing's Christmas concert.

The Crossing @ Christmas concert takes place on Friday, December 20th at 8 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill. Ticket info here.

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1:45 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Opera In...An Underground Swimming Pool?

Agave Opera Company's TRIBUTARIES is being performed at Fairmount Water Works on December 14th at 4 pm.

Philadelphia is recognized nationally for being on the cutting edge of non-traditional opera staging. Now, on the heels of acclaimed offerings from the city's largest company, comes a new work from a smaller presenter that is literally taking the opera art form...underground.

Beneath Philadelphia's Fairmount Water Works is the Kelly swimming pool. Abandoned in 1972 after being inundated by a hurricane, it sits just a few feet above waters of the Schuylkill River with just a few inches of concrete protecting it from further flooding. 

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8:59 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Dolce Suono: Exploring Music from Russia

Polish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg escaped from Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union.

The Philadelphia-based chamber ensemble Dolce Suono continues to explore historical connections while pushing its art form into the future. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the group's founder, Mimi Stillman, believes that music is an integral part of life.

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8:23 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Jazz Is...Drummer Charlie Rice

Charlie Rice

Steady work is a coveted and rare prize among many jazz musicians. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston visits a force in the local jazz scene who never had a problem getting gigs. Recognized by Mayor Michael Nutter for his enduring contribution to the city’s jazz scene,  jazz drummer Charlie Rice has been keeping the beat for more than 70 years and counting.

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8:18 am
Mon December 9, 2013

A Glorious Tradition: The Fabulous Philadelphians' Glorious Seasonal Sounds

On this Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, we'll listen in on a great seasonal tradition. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the Glorious Sound of Christmas is still one of the orchestra's most beloved presentations, both for audiences and for many of the musicians who play it.

Violinist Davyd Booth's relationship with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Christmas music started years before he would play with the ensemble - at family holiday celebrations and beyond.

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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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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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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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