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This Sunday on WRTI, it's a Philadelphia Orchestra concert from late April at Verizon Hall with Conductor-in-Residence Cristian Măcelaru on the podium. The program begins with Sergei Prokofiev’s sparkling First Symphony, completed the summer before Russian revolutionary upheavals led to his departure from his native country for nearly two decades.

On this month’s concert broadcast of performances by The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, we’ll hear two premieres and one of the greatest violin concertos in the repertoire. 

Robert Blackson

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has just announced its 2016 grants, totaling more than $10 million to support 53 artists and cultural organizations. The list of grantees includes a wide variety of artistic disciplines and work from major institutions as well as individual artists and community-driven organizations. A full list of grantees is available here.

Meet the jazz greats, A to Z, this Independence Day weekend... how American is that? From Armstrong all the way to Washington and beyond, join WRTI starting on Friday, July 1st at 6 pm through the entire Fourth of July holiday with the Jazz A to Z Weekend.

July 4th Weekend on WRTI: Classical from A to Z!

Jun 14, 2016

It’s classical A to Z all July 4th weekend on WRTI! Beginning Friday at noon and continuing right through Independence Day itself, Monday July the 4th, we’ll keep your weekend humming with composers from A to Z.

We’ll do all the work, and all you have to do is kick back, hear the alphabet roll by, and enjoy!
You’ll hear a large sampling of your favorites: American, patriotic, and others that go well with all your celebrations, along with some new fireworks we know you’ll like.

But whatever are we going to do about X?

This year, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of the first Great Migration, the movement of millions of African-Americans from the rural south to other parts of the U.S. that promised greater social and economic justice and opportunities. The migration included many excellent jazz musicians, some of whom became household names. For these artists, the Great Migration not only promised greater social and economic opportunity, but also provided inspiration for their creative expression.

Join us this Sunday, from 1 to 3 pm, for a Philadelphia Orchestra concert from mid April that brings us two Philadelphia Orchestra commissions – Maurice Wright’s Resounding Drums, a timpani concerto composed for the Orchestra’s principal timpanist, Don Liuzzi, and the Clarinet Concerto by Jonathan Leshnoff, composed for the principal clarinetist of the Philadelphians, Ricardo Morales.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Or is it? If you've ever been to Longwood Gardens' Wine & Jazz Festival you might say summer actually kicks off on the first Saturday in June. WRTI was there, once again, on June 4th with games and giveaways, the Gardens provided world-class jazz (Arturo Sandoval anyone?), and local wineries did their part to boost spirits even higher.

Join us for an intense performance of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 by Lisa Batiashvili with The Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nezet-Seguin. This was the centerpiece of the last concert of the 2014/2015 season and a program the Orchestra took on its European tour, which was a stunning success.


On Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, Saturday, June 4, 5 to 6 pm... At the end of the 19th century, many thought that Edward MacDowell was the great composer America had been waiting for. He may have been. But if so, he was a great American composer cut down in his prime. The music of MacDowell is lyrical, vigorous, and at times gripping, but we get the feeling that we are witnessing the first blossoming of a great artist, one about to enter the later stages of a career that never happened.

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