WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston looks at the third Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians that took place on Feb. 16, 2015 at the Kimmel Center. Gathered together were 250 student instrumentalists and vocalists, from over 13 organizations in Philadelphia, who studied in sections during an intensive day of learning and socializing. The day ended with a grand performance on the Verizon Hall stage. Lio Kuokman, assistant conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, led the instruments. Melissa Malvar-Keylock, associate conductor of the Princeton Girlchoir, led the singers.
Access to great music is critical in developing a love of the art form and its traditions. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, that's a premise of a collaboration between the English Chamber Orchestra and Musicopia, an organization that brings music to young people, especially in areas without other music programs.
On Sunday June 2nd, WRTI, ICON magazine, Jacobs Music, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and Drum Workshop join forces to sponsor "An Afternoon of Jazz and Classical Music." WRTI's Bob Perkins will play host to jazz vocalist Paula Johns, The All-Star Jazz Quartet featuring Bruce Klauber, Andy Kahn, Bruce Kaminsky and Asher Stein, The Musicopia Student Drum Line, pianist Hanchien Lee from The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and other guests.
Meet Maxwell Chambers! He’s a sixth grade student at the 21st Century Cyber Charter School and proudly serves as associate concertmaster of the Musicopia String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. When Max puts down his violin, he’s busy hanging out with his five brothers and two sisters, cooking, and playing video games.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to a performance by the Musicopia String Orchestra featuring works written by composer Tina Davidson in collaboration with three young members of the ensemble.
Susan Lewis explores a partnership between the chamber music ensemble, Dolce Suono, and Placido Domingo's Washington DC program for emerging singers.
And Tom Keels explores the Stoogeum. The suburban Philadelphia museum celebrates the life and legacy of The Three Stooges.