Herbert Blomstedt

Conductor Herbert Blomstedt’s life has been fueled by music for over eight decades. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he says an early listening experience was the spark.

This Sunday, April 23rd, WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings us Mozart and Brahms, featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson. Herbert Blomstedt, who turns 90 this season, is on the podium and returns to Verizon Hall to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his Philadelphia Orchestra debut.

Johannes Brahms finally overcame his writer’s block when it came to writing a symphony at the age of 43. The shadow of Beethoven loomed so ominously that the composer took decades to complete his Symphony No.1. This triumphal work has rightfully found its place among the masterpieces of the 19th-century repertoire.

At age 84, Herbert Blomstedt is one of the most experienced conductors currently on the international circuit. As The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns discovered, the older he gets, the deeper Blomstedt's personal and artistic convictions, and the less he cares if people share them.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the veteran conductor Herbert Blomstedt - in town to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in an all-Beethoven program.

Susan Lewis looks at a story of injustice that became the basis for a critically acclaimed Broadway musical. The Scottsboro Boys opens in Philadelphia on January 20, 2012.

We listen back to an archive interview with playwright Edward Albee.