Nikki Chooi

Live from the WRTI Performance Studio, it's members of the Marinus Ensemble, with a sneak preview of their upcoming concert. WRTI's Jack Moore is host. The Marinus Ensemble is a flexible chamber music group, and in this configuration is made up entirely of Curtis Institute of Music alumni. 

Musicians from ASTRAL, LIVE on WRTI 90.1!

Oct 18, 2017

Something special happened on WRTI 90.1 on Thursday, October 19th! We hosted on the air, two amazingly talented young musicians from ASTRAL, a Philadelphia-based mentoring program that specializes in developing the early careers of extraordinary classical artists. 

When Samuel Barber’s violin concerto was rejected by the man for whom it was commissioned in 1939, he turned to his alma mater — The Curtis Institute of Music — where the concerto was performed to acclaim, leading to its official premiere with The Philadelphia Orchestra. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talked to a panel of artists about Barber’s legacy, and the pleasures and perils of creating and performing new work in Philadelphia.