This Is The Concerto that Changed Everything for Violinists

Tchaikovsky wrote his violin concerto in 1878, but his friends and family were critical and he didn’t find a violinist to premiere it for over three years. Now, according to Gil Shaham, the concerto is one of the most frequently performed concertos in the repertoire.

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Join us on Monday, January 21st at 1:40 PM for a LIVE broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert at Girard College's historic chapel, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.

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Join us on Sunday, January 20th at 4 PM as we honor the memory of MLK with “A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr" on WRTI 90.1.

With genius and grace, African-American slaves transformed bitter human experience into a beautiful art form called the "spiritual." One of the most haunting African-American spirituals, “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” was likely borne out of heart-wrenching tragedy: the forcible separation of parent from child.

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January 14, 2019. Clarinetist Paul Cosentino’s Boilermaker Jazz Band has been making swinging renditions of jazz gems for over 25 years. I Love the Rhythm In A Riff pays homage to riffs by created by well- known bandleaders, and love songs made famous by beloved vocal stars.

What a concert we have in store for you in this week's broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra!  The celebrated violinist Gil Shaham is soloist and brings you all the passion, energy, and virtuoso fireworks of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major. Listen on January 20th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and on January 21st  at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

January 7, 2019. Jeff Goldblum is famous for his starring roles in films such as Jurassic Park, The Big Chill, and The Fly. But did you know that, way back, he grew up playing piano and accompanying vocalists? By chance, Jeff was able to get back into the swing of things. The result: this new release, Jeff Goldbum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra: The Capitol Studio Sessions, which features A-list musicians and guest performers.

Conductor and keyborad player Emmanuelle Haïm talks about the eternal quality of Handel's music, and why he’s so relevant today. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

January 7, 2019. With the 2019 Golden Globes behind us and Oscar nominations just ahead, we turn to film music for our Classical Album of the Week. Cinema, recently released by Erato/Warner Classics, features French star violinist Renaud Capuçon and the Brussels Philharmonic led by conductor Stéphane Denève. It's filled with some of the most memorable melodies from the silver screen.

Pianist and cultural advocate Marja Kaisla visited the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio in early January to set the mood for her upcoming concert at Woodmere Art Museum's Music at Woodmere concert series. She played music by Chopin and chatted with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Join us to hear live, concert recordings of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the 33-member professional ensemble led by Music Director Dirk Brossé. Listen on WRTI 90.1 on Sundays from 5 to 6 PM in January and February, 2019.

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With genius and grace, African-American slaves transformed bitter human experience into a beautiful art form called the "spiritual." One of the most haunting African-American spirituals, “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” was likely borne out of heart-wrenching tragedy: the forcible separation of parent from child.

Tchaikovsky wrote his violin concerto in 1878, but his friends and family were critical and he didn’t find a violinist to premiere it for over three years. Now, according to Gil Shaham, the concerto is one of the most frequently performed concertos in the repertoire.

Conductor and keyborad player Emmanuelle Haïm talks about the eternal quality of Handel's music, and why he’s so relevant today. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

January 7, 2019. With the 2019 Golden Globes behind us and Oscar nominations just ahead, we turn to film music for our Classical Album of the Week. Cinema, recently released by Erato/Warner Classics, features French star violinist Renaud Capuçon and the Brussels Philharmonic led by conductor Stéphane Denève. It's filled with some of the most memorable melodies from the silver screen.

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The trumpet was the instrument of kings, in court and on the battlefield. Today the orchestral trumpet is an instrument for virtuosos, and used for a variety of purposes. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

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