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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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Creatively Speaking
7:37 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Ludwig van Beethoven: Ceremonial and Humorous

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Ludwig van Beethoven, born in  1770, continues to be explored and rediscovered.  As Susan Lewis reports, on WRTI’s concert broadcast on Sunday, December 1st, 2013, The Philadelphia Orchestra will play a rarely heard overture from 1811, and Beethoven’s 8th symphony, composed the following year. Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducts.

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Creatively Speaking
6:52 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Lise and Liszt: A Love Story

French pianist Lise de la Salle

A young French pianist performing a work by a beloved composer is featured this Sunday on WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast. Jim Cotter reports on the artistic affections for a great 19th-century romantic by one of his finest contemporary interpreters.

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Creatively Speaking
8:57 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Jazz Guitarist And Vocalist Jimi Odell: The Music Is You

Jimi Odell at home

A musician’s understanding of his artistry often deepens over time. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston gets a perspective from a jazz man who’s performed for over a half century. Guitarist and vocalist Jimi Odell has been called one of Philadelphia’s best-kept secrets. And even though he wasn’t born here, local jazz buffs proudly claim him as their own. Now in his '80s, Odell bought himself a guitar and an instruction book when he was 19. Looking back he says it’s not an easy instrument to master.

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Creatively Speaking
8:57 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Music FINALLY Heard: Jimmy Amadie's Jazz Concert at the PMA

Jazz pianist Jimmy Amadie

After injuring his hands, Philadelphia jazz pianist Jimmy Amadie stopped playing for decades. But a CD released this year documents his return to the concert stage, playing live at Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Check out the CD here!

Listen to Susan's interview with jazz pianist and teacher Jimmy Amadie.

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