Lesley Valdes, WRTI's critic-at-large, reviews the renowned Guarneri String Quartet's final concert in Philadelphia as they tour for the last time before retiring in the fall of 2009. The esteemed chamber group performed with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater on May 15th.
Concert Review: Guarneri String Quartet Final Concert in Philadelphia
Classical Music Fans: Enjoy a Weekend with All-American Composers and Patriotic Music You'll hear works by Copland, Gershwin, Sousa, and others, plus patriotic music honoring America's service men and women.
We'll honor the memory of opera legend Beverly Sills on her birthday - Monday, May 25th. The famous soprano would have turned 80.
Jazz Lovers: Tune in for a Great Singers and Big Swingers Weekend Get set for your favorite classic and contemporary big bands and vocalists.
David Patrick Stearns previews The Month of Moderns - a series of concerts by the chamber choir The Crossing.
Susan Lewis explores the Woodmere Art Museum's 69th Annual Juried Exhibition.
We have two reports from the Kensington section of Philadelphia:
Jason Peifer previews this weekend's Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby in Philadelphia. In conjunction with the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, the event highlights the growing arts scene in the Kensington neighborhood.
The virtuosi of Canadian Brass have made the brass quintet an exciting vehicle for serious concert music. The quintet has a long history of recording classical repertoire. They have a special affinity for Baroque music, which requires the musical structure that has become the Canadian Brass' trademark.
Their more than 60 recordings include works by Purcell, Vivaldi, Gabrieli, Pachelbel, Beethoven and Wagner ? all in meticulously crafted transcriptions that are setting new musical traditions in brass performance. They are especially drawn to the works of J.S. Bach.
Virtuoso concert violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn is Jill's guest this week. She performs in partnership with one of the world's most legendary instruments, the Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius of 1720, which inspired the Academy award-winning film The Red Violin. She gave the Southern California premiere of The Red Violin Chaconne in 2000. Pitcairn has cultivated a world-renowned reputation for the soulful music that she creates with her famous violin.