This year, the trend-setting BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall had a season that brought in orchestras from the least-likely of places: Lapland, Iceland and Turkey.Â What could they bring to a table dominated by the storied orchestras of Vienna and Berlin? A distinctive national identity, says the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns.
Many great composers in history wrote for the bassoon. But in the last 70 years or so, the instrument has often been associated with one particular bouncy melody from a classic animated film. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, a recent premiere reminds us of the bassoonâ€™s lyrical beauty.
On Sunday September 28, 2014, on WRTI, Daniel Matsukawa and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform David Ludwigâ€™s Pictures from the Floating World.
On this week's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, we'll hear three new pieces, commissioned for Orchestra principle musicians. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, one of these works was written by a local composer with a long musical lineage.
The flute is one of the oldest musical instruments, with its earliest versions found thousands of years ago in different cultures. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, a recently composed flute concerto celebrates one of its ancient bamboo ancestors.
On Sunday, September 28, 2014, on WRTI, Jeffrey Khaner and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform Behzad Ranjbaranâ€™s Flute Concerto.
A group of young musical and theater artists are making the case that a great opera experience doesnâ€™t depend on staging in a grand hall, with elaborate sets and costumes. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports,Â Philadelphia Opera Collaborative is reaching out to new audiences presenting operas in small spaces, exclusively in English, showcasing how powerful, intimate, and accessible the art form can be.
The William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia first imagined the nationâ€™s first LGBT Jazz Festival last year. And over the course of the year, the city, and the cityâ€™s jazz community - including the Philadelphia Jazz Project and Ars Nova Workshop - signed on.
Early 20th-century Italian composer, pianist, and conductor AlfredoÂ Casella promoted music of his compatriots. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, the 21st-century conductor Giandrea Noseda is shining a light on Casellaâ€™s lesser-known work.
Listen to a performance of Alfredo Casella's Barcarola e Scherzo for Flute and Piano, Op. 4 (1903):
In 1929, an unusual work by a versatile 20th-century French composer premiered at the home of his wealthy patrons. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, this piece, still unique in the classical repertoire, is part piano concerto and part ballet, in a chamber music setting.
Over the past decade or so, it has become increasingly difficult for overseas musicians without well-established reputations in the U.S. to get permission to travel here for work. However, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, when a powerhouse such as The Philadelphia Orchestra wants a particular soloist, they usually get their man, or woman.