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Join us on Saturday afternoon after the The Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Richard Strauss' ELEKTRA (at approximately 3 pm) to hear the mega-talented resident artists of the Academy of Vocal Arts sing Puccini! You'll hear two of the one-act operas from Il Trittico - GIANNI SCHICCHI AND IL TABARRO (the cloak).

Join us this Sunday, April 24th at 9 pm for a special program that examines the making of the motion picture, Miles Ahead.

This hour-long show delves into how the director and star of Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle, uses unlikely circumstances, like car chases and gunfights, to create a portrait of the legendary musical genius, Miles Davis. 

William P. Gottlieb

To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, we asked members of the jazz and arts community to tell us what jazz tune they would like to listen to right now. 

Join us on Sunday at 5 pm for Applause! It's our monthly broadcast of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and this month features Music Director Dirk Brossé, and Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn conducting the concert, recorded in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center. 

At WRTI, we love exploring the depths of the vast genre of America’s great art form. We appreciate every bit of it, from the Great American Songbook to jazz interpretations of other types of music.

To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month this month, we’ve reached out to members of the music community to find out which jazz tunes they would like to listen to right now. We also have some favorites from our hosts.

On Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, Saturday, April 2nd, 5 to 6 pm. After World War I, there was a trail of American composers to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger. But in the years after the Civil War, early in American orchestral music, composers also went to Europe to study. Mostly, they went to Germany, and some of those, to Munich, at that time the second-greatest center of music in Europe, after Paris. After all, so many of the operas of the trend-setting Richard Wagner had premiered in this capital of Bavaria, and it was not all that far from Bayreuth, with its theater specially built for Wagner.

On Easter Sunday from 4 to 6 pm, join us to hear The Crossing in Concert, recorded live on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2016 at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Conductor Donald Nally is your host.

Philadelphia's professional choir dedicated to new music, The Crossing enters its second decade with "The Crossing@10: Respond/Reprise/Renew." This concert, "Reprise 2," features works about our love for one another, love for our planet, and our wish for a more loving culture.

Widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of classical sacred music, the St. Matthew Passion is an oratorio written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra, with libretto by Picander (Christian Friedrich Henrici). It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew (in the German translation of Martin Luther) to music, with interspersed chorales and arias.

Don't miss this month's broadcast of Applause! It's The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in concert. **Please note, this month's program will be heard on Saturday at 5 pm. Dirk Brossé conducts, and the orchestra's principal flutist Edward Schultz plays music by Malcolm Arnold.  Dave Conant is your host for the broadcast.

Vienna was a hotbed of musical evolution, and the second concert in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s three-part series of the Music of Vienna shows us how far the symphony traveled in that time. On Sunday, March 20th at 1 pm Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphians bring two symphonies composed about 80 years apart: Joseph Haydn’s 103rd, the famous “Drumroll” Symphony, and Anton Bruckner’s 4th.

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