You're Invited! Sing at the Kimmel Center on Dec. 17 at 7 PM To Celebrate 200 Years of Silent Night

This month marks the 200th anniversary of the beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night," and we're inviting you to celebrate! Come sing at a free, community performance of a new arrangement of the song by Philadelphia composer John Conahan , who will conduct the work. WRTI's Gregg Whiteside will be your host.

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Listen to this delightful performance by the Wissahickon High School Camerata Choir, led by John Conahan, when they were live on the radio and on the WRTI Facebook page on December 12th. WRTI's Gregg Whiteside is your host.

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Praised as "champions of new music" by The New York Times, and now with a third consecutive Grammy nomination, The Crossing performs highlights of a new work by composer Gavin Bryars in our performance studio ahead of concerts on December 14th and 16th. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host.

Nancy Wilson died Thursday after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, Calif., her manager Devra Hall Levy told NPR. She was 81.

Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1937, Wilson has recounted in interviews that she started singing around age 3 or 4.

"I have always just sung. I have never questioned what it is. I thank God for it and I just do it," she told Marian McPartland, host of NPR's Piano Jazz in 1994.

The First Symphony of Johannes Brahms is in the great tradition of Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn. Conductor David Afkham, who finds magic in the mysteries of this music, talked with WRTI's Susan Lewis about why this music intrigues people of every generation.

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December 10, 2018. What brings on that warm holiday feeling? A crackling fire, a hot toddy, lights on the tree and some excellent big band seasonal music. The South Philly Big Band (SPBB) provides the latter, executing some gorgeous holiday charts on SPBB XMAS featuring Najwa Parkins.

Internationally renowned Klezmer trombonist Dan Blacksberg and his All-Star Klezmer Ensemble were our guests for a lively celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights! Dan was joined by trumpeter/vocalist Susan Watts, accordionist Christina Crowder, bassist Zoe Guigeno and host Debra Lew Harder.

Bob Perkins remembered the iconic jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, when he died on December 5, 2012 at age 91—one day shy of his 92nd birthday.

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Bobby Sanabria and the Multiverse Big Band celebrate the mathematics behind Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story at NYC’s National Museum of Math (MoMath).

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With performances hailed as 'electrifying' (Strings Magazine) and 'exquisite, filled with luminosity and pulsing with life' (Musical Toronto) , the award winning Rolston String Quartet has been making its name all over the world. The Astral artists visit WRTI to perform a selection of works, and talk with WRTI's Susan Lewis in advance of their concert at Trinity Church on Rittenhouse Square on December 8th.

What kind of instrument is the Pipa and how is it changing the sound of classical music? Find out when world-renowned Pipa player Wu Man visits WRTI on Wednesday at 3 PM to perform LIVE and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis. 

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The First Symphony of Johannes Brahms is in the great tradition of Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn. Conductor David Afkham, who finds magic in the mysteries of this music, talked with WRTI's Susan Lewis about why this music intrigues people of every generation.

December 10, 2018. Musical traditions abound during the holidays. In Vienna, Austria, as New Year’s approaches, waltzes, marches, and polkas of the Strauss family begin to fill the air.  One might think the Vienna Philharmonic has a lock on this music, with its high-profile New Year’s Day concert broadcast around the world, an annual tradition dating back to the dark days of World War II.  But when it comes to regular performances of the Strauss family’s effervescent, carefree music, the Vienna Boys Choir has the Philharmonic beat by a couple decades.

It was 200 years ago when "Silent Night" was first heard by Austrian villagers attending Christmas Eve mass in St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf. How did this simple melody, with its words of comfort, become a beloved hymn of peace throughout the world? WRTI's Susan Lewis has the story.

Bob Perkins remembered the iconic jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, when he died on December 5, 2012 at age 91—one day shy of his 92nd birthday.

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Bobby Sanabria and the Multiverse Big Band celebrate the mathematics behind Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story at NYC’s National Museum of Math (MoMath).

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