The Philadelphia Orchestra is launching a mini festival of new concertos this week. But instead of the typical violin, piano, or cello soloists, the orchestra's principal harp, bassoon, and flute will be out in front, in pieces that, as The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, promise to be anything but more of the same.
Opera lives on the Christina Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware. There, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, audiences experience the power of operatic voices in an intimate setting - uniquely presented by OperaDelaware.
In the midst of World War II, a collaboration between choreographer Martha Graham and composer Aaron Copland gave birth to an enduring American classic. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston hears Appalachian Spring in a new way.
As the days draw in and winter approaches, people throughout the world are preparing for festivals that end the harvest time, say goodbye to summer and prepare the spirits for the dark days ahead. WRTI’s Jim Cotter explores the links between early winter festivities and our love of being spooked.
As part of celebrations of Halloween, WRTI will be playing a selection of bewitching music all day on October 31st.
While there are many concertos for string instruments, fewer works exist for woodwinds, brass or percussion. Yet, as Susan Lewis reports, a previously under-performed work for trumpet from the early 19th century became part of the standard repertoire in the second half of the 20th.
Dunwoody Village Retirement Community in Newtown Square has a unique resident - a retired physician who performed in concert this week with the internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, this is but one achievement in a life that has been a series of struggles and successes.
For all his hip Brooklyn looks, and up to the minute repertoire, violinist Tim Fain is giving Philadelphia Chamber Music Society traditionalists surprisingly little to fear in his forthcoming Nov. 1st recital. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns discovered that this is one classical musician who doesn’t embrace the future by turning the page on the past.
Duke Ellington played piano, but it was his intertwined roles as bandleader and composer that propelled him to greatness. He wrote over 1,700 songs, as well as longer orchestral suites and film scores. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a new book explores the man behind the music.
In Voorhees, NJ, where a new music director forges a bond with an accomplished volunteer orchestra, classical music lives and grows. As the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey begins its new season, an evolutionary process is underway. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston reports.
Pennsylvania Ballet is celebrating its 50th anniversary year. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the season starts with a full-length evening ballet by master choreographer George Ballanchine, with whom the company has had a long-standing personal and artistic connection. Ballanchine's Jewels is inspired by the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels, and unfolds in three distinct sections – Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds – each with its own music and mood. The season also includes works by Jerome Robbins and William Forsythe, and two world premieres.