The Philadelphia Orchestra

Creatively Speaking
1:06 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

A Coup in the Conducting World!

Simon Rattle is leaving the Berlin Philharmonic in 2017 to become music director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

There’s big news in the classical music world. The London Symphony Orchestra announced on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 that Simon Rattle will become its music director in September of 2017. Rattle, chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002, had previously announced that he would step down from that position when his contract expires in 2018.

Rattle’s relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra goes back to 1977, when he first appeared with the ensemble at the age of 22.  As its artistic leader, he’ll  succeed Valerie Gergiev who has been principal conductor since 2007. More information from the LSO's website.

WRTI's Susan Lewis has more on this much sought-after international conductor, who has a bond with our own Philadelphia Orchestra nurtured over the last 20 years.

WRTI Arts Desk
12:36 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

A Day for 250 Young Philadelphia Musicians at the Kimmel Center

A section of violinists pose for a photo at the Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians
Steven Krull Photography

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.

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Creatively Speaking
6:30 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Determined To Beat MS: Cellist Robert Cafaro Plays On!

This is cellist Bob Cafaro's 30th season with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Jessica Griffin

The Philadelphia Orchestra has over 100 musicians, and as many stories - often inspiring and surprising.  WRTI’s Susan Lewis profiles Bob Cafaro, a cellist in the Orchestra since 1985, whose artistry is matched by his determination to live fully, both onstage and off.  

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
10:25 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Ax Plays Bach, Jurowski Conducts: The Philadelphians In Concert on WRTI, Feb. 22, 1 PM

Russian conductor Vladmir Jurowski

This Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI 90.1 FM, led by Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski, brings us two works by J.S. Bach, performed at Verizon Hall this past February, that give us a taste of the Baroque equivalents of the symphony and the concerto - the Orchestral Suite No. 2, and the Keyboard Concerto No. 1, more modest in size, but no less ambitious in vision.

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Creatively Speaking
2:38 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Performing The Majestic Music of J.S. Bach: A Modern Yet Historical Approach

Conductor Vladimir Jurowski leads The Philadelphians in works by J.S. Bach, Mahler, and R. Strauss on WRTI, March 30 at 1 pm.

In recent years, J. S. Bach's music has been embraced by period performers, and played less frequently by big symphony orchestras. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, The Philadelphia Orchestra takes a very modern - yet historical - approach to his music in WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, February 22 at 1 pm.

The broadcast also features Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and music of Strauss and Mahler.

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Creatively Speaking
11:17 am
Mon February 16, 2015

"Manny" Ax: A Man For All Eras

Pianist Emanuel Ax
Maurice Jerry Beznos

Pianist Emanuel Ax, or "Manny" as likes to be called, is one of the music world's most beloved and respected classical musicians, and has been a longtime advocate for contemporary music, while retaining his love for the great works of the past.

This Sunday, February 22 at 1 pm, on The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, we'll hear him perform in two separate works - from the standard repertoire: Richard Stauss' Burleske for piano and orchestra and from the late-19th century, and Bach's Piano Concerto in D minor from the 1730s.  

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Creatively Speaking
12:54 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Changing Times, Changing Orchestras

At a recent Philadelphia Orchestra LiveNote Night, college students receive help using the Orchestra's new LiveNote app.
Pete Checchia The Philadelphia Orchestra

The 800 members of the League of American Orchestras come from across the country. They include big, small, and medium-sized ensembles, and related arts and cultural organizations. Jesse Rosen is the president and CEO of the League. He spoke with WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston about some of the things happening around the nation as orchestras reinvent their approaches to concerts and audiences.  

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
4:19 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Bramwell Tovey and Alison Balsom Headline Philadelphia Orchestra Broadcast on WRTI: Feb. 15 at 1 PM

British conductor, composer, and pianist Bramwell Tovey

Join us this Sunday, February 15th for WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast. You'll hear a performance from this past December, 2014 that saw British composer, conductor, and pianist Bramwell Tovey performing in all three roles!

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Creatively Speaking
12:30 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

An Orchestra Musician Who Has Seen Them All

Herbert Light holds the Larry A. Grika Chair in the first violin section of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Since its founding in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has had four music directors whose tenures have lasted more than a decade. Today, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, there is one member of the ensemble who has played under all of these great conductors.

When violinist Herbert Light won his audition for the Orchestra in 1961, it was his second job offer in a week.

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Creatively Speaking
5:03 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

How a Charming & Deadly Con Man Inspired an Opera and Concerto: A Real-Life Story

A 19th-century American saloon is the setting for Bramwell Tovey's 'Songs of the Paradise Saloon" concerto for trumpet and orchestra, based on an evil manipulator, who was a shyster and a murderer.

The true story of a 19th-century swindler in New York City inspired not only an opera, but also a concerto. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on Bramwell Tovey’s Songs of the Paradise Saloon for trumpet and orchestra.

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Susan Lewis: Commissioned by the Calgary Opera, Bramwell Tovey became intrigued by the life of a notorious man named Alexander Keith. Both charming and deadly, Keith swindled many, and eventually planted explosives in an ocean liner, killing 80 people.  

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