It's a Beethoven Birthday Bash on WRTI 90.1: Friday, December 14, 6 AM to 6 PM

We’re celebrating the 248th anniversary of the birth of the legendary classical composer, Ludwig van Beethoven with a 12-hour birthday party, and you’re invited!

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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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Beethoven, Mozart, and Brahms are all composers dear to the German-born conductor David Afkham, and he makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut directing performances of works by these greats on this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast.

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

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.

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 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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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.

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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