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10:56 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Yefim Bronfman Explores The Genius of Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto

Pianist Yefim Bronfman

Pianist Yefim Bronfman speaks with Susan Lewis about the genius of Beethoven.

A celebrated pianist continues to explore the genius of Beethoven’s piano concertos. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the fourth concerto remains one of the most intriguing masterpieces in the piano repertoire.

Listen to Susan's interview with Yefim Bronfman.

Listen to Susan's interview with Yefim Bronfman this Sunday afternoon, November 24 when WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra concert broadcast features Bronfman playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.  Also on the program is Shostakovich’s 11th symphony. Semyon Byshkov conducts. 

Creatively Speaking
10:52 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Woodmere Art Museum Engages Community To Help Plan Future

Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill is planning an expansion.

A prominent Philadelphia art museum in Chestnut Hill is moving ahead with expansion plans. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, a meeting with local community members this week will help shape the future of the institution.

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Creatively Speaking
10:34 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Shostakovich and Beethoven and the Power of Music

Conductor Semyon Bychkov leads the Philadelphians in this Sunday's WRTI concert broadcast - November 24th at 1 pm.

Beethoven and Shostakovich grew up in different countries in different centuries. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a renowned Russian conductor, leading The Philadelphia Orchestra on this week’s concert broadcast, finds a great affinity between the two musical giants.

Sunday afternoon, November 24, 2013, on WRTI, Semyon Byshkov leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of Shostakovich’s 11th Symphony and Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto, with Yefim Bronfman as soloist. Susan will interview Maestro Semyon Byshkov at Intermission about Shostakovich's 11th Symphony.

Listen to Susan interview conductor Semyon Byshkov about the connection between Beethoven and Shostakovich.

Where Music Lives
7:02 am
Mon November 18, 2013

A Ballerina's Pointe Shoe Paradise...Where Music Lives

The Rosin Box is a little shop on Sansom Street for ballet dancers and anyone looking for ballet accoutrements.

The artistry and athleticism of the ballet dancer can soar with a well-fitting pointe shoe. On a given weekend, members of three generations of the Jenkins family might be on the scene at The Rosin Box,  a jewel-like shop on Sansom Street in Philadelphia, just a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square, where ballet slippers and pointe shoes are sold - and, where music lives.

Dave and Angela Jenkins opened this niche business in 1977, and it has remained family-owned and operated since. Their son Len Jenkins spoke with WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston about this facet of dance that contributes to the beauty we see on the stage.

Meridee Duddleston's interview with The Rosin Box's, Len Jenkins.

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Creatively Speaking
8:16 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin's Newly Found Treasure

Composer and pianist Leo Ornstein in 1914

This Wednesday’s Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concert by Marc-Andre Hamelin and the Pacifica Quartet at the Kimmel Center reintroduces a piano quintet by a man who had rock-star fame as a pianist in the 1920s. He retreated to composition in the 1930s, ran a music school in Philadelphia in the 1940s and, as The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns now reports, continued to be active in music until soon before his death at the age of 108.

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Creatively Speaking
7:59 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

The Evolution Of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Her story is, in its way, a great American immigrant’s tale: the Italian-born, American violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s career continues to evolve in ways that no one could have predicted.  WRTI’s Jim Cotter profiles an artist who has spent most of her life in the spotlight.

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Where Music Lives
11:34 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Music Lives in Contemporary Ballet on South Broad Street

BalletX's Allison Walsh

There's music on South Broad Street  - and not just in concert halls. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Wilma Theater is home to BalletX, a company that continues to use music and dance to push the boundaries of classical forms.   

Listen to Susan's interview with Christine Cox, co-artistic and executive director of BalletX.

BalletX's fall series at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia runs from November 20th to November 24th, and features three world premieres by Adam Barruch, Gabrielle Lamb, and Matthew Neenan. Details here.

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Creatively Speaking
10:12 am
Mon November 11, 2013

The Strauss Oboe Concerto and Its Philadelphia Connection

Oboist Richard Woodhams

This Sunday’s broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra, on November 17th at 1 pm, features a celebrated oboe concerto by Richard Strauss. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the 1945 work has a Philadelphia connection.

The concert features Mahler's 4th Symphony, Britten's Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, and the Strauss Oboe Concerto with soloist Richard Woodhams.

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Creatively Speaking
9:39 am
Mon November 11, 2013

The Fun Fiddlers of Time for Three: Not Your Average Classical Music Trio

The musicians of Time for Three are (left to right) Zach De Pue, Ranaan Meyer, and Nick Kendall.

Three former Curtis students have been winning over audiences with their chemistry, virtuosity, and ability to think outside the classical music box for over a decade. Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall play violin; Ranaan Meyer plays double bass. Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon composed Concerto 4-3 with "Time for Three" (tf3) in mind.  WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston spoke with Meyer recently while the trio was in Utah to perform at a benefit for the Utah Symphony.

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8:19 am
Mon November 11, 2013

The Resilience of Joyce DiDonato

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato
David Zobel

This Saturday, November 16th, WRTI dedicates its programming to opera. The now annual "Opera Day" is a celebration of this grandest expression of music and theater.  WRTI’s Jim Cotter profiles Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato; she's not only one of America’s premiere operatic voices, but also one of the hardiest. 

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