Music Features

History will be made when The Philadelphia Orchestra kicks off its 2016 Asia Tour with two concerts at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. And you'll be right there! WRTI's Gregg Whiteside is traveling across the globe to China to bring you both performances live, in real time, on WRTI. Tune in at 90.1 FM in Philadelphia, or listen online at WRTI.org.

This Sunday, May 22nd, WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings us a performance from this past April at Verizon Hall of the music of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Mendelssohn, under the direction of Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, making his Philadelphia Orchestra debut.

WRTI honors the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and joins with those in our community who remember them, with special programming throughout the day on Thursday, May 5th. Listen in the 2 pm hour for I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Philadelphia composer Charles Davidson.

The celebrated cello maestro Yo-Yo Ma kicks off a two-week Philadelphia Orchestra celebration of John Williams' music for concert hall and film this week, and Sunday’s concert will be broadcast LIVE at 2 PM here on WRTI.

The centerpiece of this program will be John Williams’ Cello Concerto, written specifically for Yo-Yo Ma, at the suggestion of Seiji Ozawa.

In the late 1930s, a bespectacled white man who played the clarinet was a teen idol. That was Benny Goodman, and he got to be that way from leading a quartet with Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa — one of jazz's first racially integrated bands.

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Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony and artistic director of the New World Symphony, is on the podium for this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI.

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Vladimir Jurowski, one of the most sought-after conductors in the world, collaborates with one of the world’s most talented virtuoso pianists, Yefim Bronfman, in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, the “Emperor,” one of the supreme achievements in the genre — this Sunday, April 17th at 1 pm on The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI.

Guest conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada is on the podium, and Augustin Hadelich is soloist, for this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast of a performance from this past February at Verizon Hall.

Three richly orchestrated works on this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast complete the series of concerts from January celebrating the music of Vienna.

Looking to get out and hear some amazing jazz in our region during Jazz Appreciation Month? If you're not sure how to choose between so many great concerts and events available, we've done all the work for you! Here are our picks for celebrating jazz on the town in Philadelphia and beyond. Have fun!

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