Chris Koontz

LIVE from WRTI 90.1: Baritone Keith Spencer, Songs About The African-American Experience

Continuing WRTI 90.1’s tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., join us on Wednesday, January 23rd at 12:10 PM to hear the dynamic baritone Keith Spencer in a program that explores the rich musical legacy of the African-American experience. Debra Lew Harder hosts.

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When Craig Knox premiered Jennifer Higdon's Tuba Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony last March, his performance was acclaimed as one that "hit it outta Heinz Hall." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Along with pianist Thomas Weaver and conductor Mark Russell Smith, Knox will visit WRTI to perform selections from that concerto and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis on January 24th at 12:10 PM.

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Praised for her "superb technique" and "mesmerizing grace" (New York Classical Review), violinist Danbi Um visits WRTI on Friday, January 25 at 12:10 PM to play highlights from her upcoming Philadelphia recital and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis. 

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We have ourselves a very unique Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, January 27th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, January 28 at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2. Join us for an all-American concert broadcast that features two Pulitzer Prize-winning compositions, a vibrant orchestral suite drawn from a contemporary opera, and a performance by pianist Garrick Ohlsson.

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A 2010 opera based on Moby-Dick has spawned an orchestral suite. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, this latest incarnation of the classic tale was fueled by the passion of conductor Cristian Măcelaru.

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The psychological thriller that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 film Marnie has been reborn in Nico Mulhy's opera, and has also spawned a new suite for orchestra. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more.

In 1933, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra gave the world premiere of Symphony No. 1 by a then little-known composer named Florence Price. The performance marked the first time a major orchestra played music by an African-American woman.

Price's First Symphony, along with her Fourth, has just been released on an album featuring the Fort Smith Symphony, conducted by John Jeter.

January 21, 2019. In advance of our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert Broadcast on January 27th featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson, we're highlighting his new release Brahms: Late Piano Works.

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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.

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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Described by The Washington Post as a pianist with "power, precision, and romantic abandon," Clipper Erickson was our guest on MLK Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, and played works by R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943), an African-Canadian/American composer whose music may be new to you. WRTI's Kevin Gordon was host.

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A 2010 opera based on Moby-Dick has spawned an orchestral suite. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, this latest incarnation of the classic tale was fueled by the passion of conductor Cristian Măcelaru.

Wikipedia Commons

The psychological thriller that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 film Marnie has been reborn in Nico Mulhy's opera, and has also spawned a new suite for orchestra. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more.

January 21, 2019. In advance of our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert Broadcast on January 27th featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson, we're highlighting his new release Brahms: Late Piano Works.

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.

With genius and grace, African-American slaves transformed bitter human experience into a beautiful art form called the "spiritual."

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