Westminster Symphonic Choir

Where Music Lives
7:23 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Princeton: A Musical Mecca!

Princeton, NJ in winter, where music lives...

Few smallish New Jersey towns have major orchestras, choruses and chamber music performances. But music lives in Princeton: and in many guises, as the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns now reports.

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Where Music lives
6:19 am
Mon December 2, 2013

The Westminster Symphonic Choir: Singing With The Stars

Westminster Symphonic Choir

Music lives at Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the college's Westminster Symphonic Choir has, for almost 90 years, been performing with the world's foremost orchestras under some legendary conductors, including Leopold Stokowski, Arturo Toscanini and Bruno Walter, and more recently with a college alum who is among the foremost of his generation.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
9:50 am
Wed October 30, 2013

A "Joyous" New Season of Philadelphia Orchestra Concerts Launches on WRTI with Beethoven's 9th!

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

On Sunday, November 10th, at 1 pm, we begin a new season of Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts with the 2013-2014 season-opening concert from the end of September, featuring Beethoven's awe-inspiring Ninth Symphony. With its universal message of freedom and brotherhood, the Ninth is the crowning achievement of Beethoven’s revolutionary works, its famous “Ode to Joy” serving as a message of hope for all mankind. Showcasing the Westminster Symphonic Choir, and conducted by Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, this performance launches a two-year cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies.

The Choir will also appear in Beethoven’s rarely heard setting of Goethe’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, as well as the world premiere of the young American composer Nico Muhly’s newly orchestrated Bright Mass with Canons for chorus, orchestra, and featuring the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.

During intermission, WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with Yannick about the program, and the new season, and Jim Cotter sits down with both tenor Chrisistian Elsner and bass-baritone Shenyang, both of whom play very important roles in this concert.

Not to be missed!  Be with us on Sunday, November 10th, for the new season of Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts, from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.

Program notes

PROGRAM

BEETHOVEN:  Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, for chorus and orchestra

MUHLY: Bright Mass with Canons

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 ("Choral")
 

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Twyla Robinson, soprano

Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano

Chrisitian Elsner, tenor

Shenyang, bass-baritone

The Westminster Symphonic Choir -Mixed chorus

Joe Miller, director

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
12:13 am
Fri September 20, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Brahms' German Requiem and More!

Westminster Symphonic Choir

It was an unforgettable performance! Re-live it on Sunday, September 22, 2 to 4 pm as then Music Director-Designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin took the podium in March, 2011 to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra, Westminster Symphonic Choir, and soloists Dorothea Roeschmann and Matthias Goerne in a critically acclaimed performance of Johannes Brahms's humanistic and glorious Ein Deutsches Requiem, A German Requiem - a symphonic as well as a choral masterpiece.

The program also features one of the pillars of the classical repertory: Mozart's Symphony No. 40. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer. 

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Intermission features:

Yannick talks about his deep personal connection to Brahms's choral masterpiece.

Jim Cotter speaks with the Westminster Choir's Choral Director Joe Miller about the Princeton organization's long history performing with the world's greatest orchestras and conductors.

More information, including Program Notes, on The Philadelphia Orchestra website.

Program:

MOZART: Symphony No. 40

INTERMISSION

BRAHMS:  Ein Deutsches Requiem

Dorothea Röschmann, soprano

Matthias Goerne, baritone

Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
8:00 am
Sun September 1, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra Performs Bach's St. Matthew Passion: Sunday at 1 PM

J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion originally premiered on Good Friday in 1727.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts one of the supreme monuments in Western music, and the work that initiated the great rediscovery of Bach’s music when the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn conducted it in Berlin in 1829 – the St. Matthew Passion.

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WRTI Spotlight
4:58 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Acclaimed 2011 Performance of Brahms' German Requiem

It was an unforgettable performance! Re-live it on Sunday, March 31st, 2 to 4 pm as then Music Director-Designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin took the podium in March, 2011 to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra, Westminster Symphonic Choir, and soloists Dorothea Roeschmann and Matthias Goerne in a critically acclaimed performance of Johannes Brahms's humanistic and glorious Ein Deutsches Requiem, A German Requiem - a symphonic as well as a choral masterpiece.

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Where Music Lives
7:18 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Preparing The Chorus For A Master Work

Music lives at Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the college's Westminster Symphonic Choir has, for almost 90 years, been performing with the world's foremost orchestras under some legendary conductors, including Leopold Stokowski, Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Pierre Boulez, Robert Shaw, Kurt Masur and on and on.

Joe Miller is professor of conducting and chair of conducting for organ and sacred music at Westminster Choir College. This week, his Westminster Symphonic Choir performs Bach’s St Mathew Passion with The Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nezet-Seguin, a Westminster Alum.

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