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Benj Pasek (an Ardmore native) and Justin Paul—best friends from their days at the University of Michigan—just won a 2017 GRAMMY award for writing the lyrics to the song "City of Dreams" from the hit film La La Land. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns talks with the  songwriting duo, who are also nominated for TONY awards for the new Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen.

The 2016 Classical GRAMMYs Go To...

Feb 17, 2016

The best classical recordings according to the 2016 Grammy Awards, held Monday night, February 15th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, are:

And the 2016 Jazz GRAMMYs Go To...

Feb 17, 2016

The 2016 Grammy Award ceremonies were held Monday night, February 15th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Here are the awards for the best jazz recordings of the year.

The Newport Jazz Festival is under way this weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. Among the featured performers is a young pianist — a very young pianist — named Joey Alexander. He is 12 years old, completely self-taught and one of the youngest musicians ever to play the storied festival.

The recording industry gives out the GRAMMY Awards, and WRTI’s Kile Smith looks at the classical categories, which include some local names.


For One To Love, vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant's recent album, is a popular new release at WRTI, and has been nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY Award.

This is not the first GRAMMY nomination for the Miami-born, classically trained chanteuse; her 2014 breakout release, WomanChild, was also nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album. 

Jessica Griffin / The Philadelphia Orchestra

Among the works Sergei Rachmaninov promoted were his variations on themes of other composers. The Philadelphia Orchestra - and the bright, new star Daniil Trifonov - are shining a new light on a popular piece as well as lesser-known works in the genre.

[Update: Yes! Hilary Hahn won in her category on February 8, 2015]

An encore may be played after a scheduled piece. However, it’s not an afterthought. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, violinist Hillary Hahn’s collection of commissioned encores, that is up for a GRAMMY for "Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance" at next month’s ceremony, showcases more than two dozen such works for violin and piano.

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Trumpeter Herb Alpert: Puttin' on the Hitz

Mar 7, 2014

If you were around in the 1960s, you'll remember the distinctive sound of Herb Alpert's trumpet on songs such as "The Lonely Bull," "Spanish Flea," "Lollipops and Roses," and "Whipped Cream."  You probably also remember that the latter three were prominently used as theme music in the TV show, The Dating Game.

The Temple University Symphony Orchestra is on the move...and there's a Dave Brubeck connection!