Something special happened on WRTI 90.1 on Thursday, October 19th! We hosted on the air, two amazingly talented young musicians from ASTRAL, a Philadelphia-based mentoring program that specializes in developing the early careers of extraordinary classical artists.
We heard violinist Nikki Chooi and pianist Sejoon Park perform works by Beethoven, Franck, and Gershwin in a special lunchtime performance and conversation with Classical Coffeehouse Host Debra Lew Harder, LIVE from the WRTI Performance Studio. This unique broadcast with ASTRAL started at 12:10 pm on Thursday and lasted for about 30 minutes. If you missed it, you can catch it on the WRTI Facebook page!
This was a preview of Nikki and Sejoon's performance on Sunday, October 22nd at 3 pm, at the American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Tickets available here!
"Astral is a truly significant force in Philadelphia in promoting the careers of promising young musicians," says WRTI's Debra Lew Harder. "They have successfully helped launch the careers of Jason Vieaux, Simone Dinnerstein, Mimi Stillman, Eric Owens, and so many other talented artists. Can’t wait to speak with Nikki and Sejoon and bring their performance to our WRTI 90.1 audience.”