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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 provides the latter, executing some gorgeous holiday charts on SPBB XMAS featuring Najwa Parkins.

Celebrate the holiday season with the youthful exuberance of the Bravo Brass, Tuesday, December 11 at 12:1 PM on WRTI 90.1. Join host Kevin Gordon as he welcomes the Bravo Brass to the WRTI Performance Studio.

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.

Join us on Wednesday, December 12th at 12:10 PM for a LIVE performance by the Wissahickon High School Camerata Choir, led by John Conahan. WRTI's Gregg Whiteside is your host.

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.

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In the wake of pianist Emanuel Ax’s performances with Yannick Nézet-Séguin with The Philadelphia Orchestra this past weekend, join us on Sunday, December 9th at 1 PM for a rebroadcast of the season-opening performance of the Orchestra’s 2017-18 season, from October of last year.

It was 200 years ago when "Silent Night" was first heard by Austrian villagers attending Christmas Eve mass in St. Nicholas Church in Obendorf. 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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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.

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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 Obendorf. 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.

Jazzheads Records

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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December 3, 2018. New Jersey native and Temple University graduate Chris Stevens has been in the music business since he was a teenager. He has worked with acclaimed artists, and pooled his experience, connections and love for jazz to bring us The Future Is Bright, a hard-hitting musical experience.

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