Arts Desk

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Acclaimed as a brilliant and soulful fiddler and composer—combining bluegrass, folk, jazz, and classical—violinist Mark O’Connor played LIVE on WRTI 90.1 on May 18, 2018, accompanied by pianist Debra Lew Harder and hosted by WRTI’s Susan Lewis.

May 14, 2018. If you live in the Philadelphia area, chances are you know the name Josh Lawrence, even if you can’t remember why.  The trumpeter and composer has been a mainstay of the Philly jazz scene for years. On his new album Contrast, Lawrence and his band Color Theory create a kaleidoscope of shifting shades well worth a listen.

According to Middle Eastern legend, Scheherazade saved her own life by telling her husband, the Sultan,  folk tales for A Thousand and One Nights. Those stories-within a-story inspired 19th-century composer Rimsky-Korsakov to create an orchestral suite that remains one of his most popular works today. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

Known especially for his New World Symphony and Slavonic Dances, Czech composer Antonín Dvořák wrote a song about motherhood for piano and voice that has become a standard for opera singers around the world.

May 6, 2018.  Releasing an album that contains six original compositions, a couple of standards, a Lennon/McCartney interpretation, and a trip to church is quite a feat. At the age of 14 it might seem impossible…but not for piano phenom Joey Alexander. Eclipse is his fourth album, and it does not disappoint.

A small group of musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra are organizing a chamber music concert to benefit local Syrian refugees on May 7th at 6 pm at the Philadelphia Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square.

April 30, 2018.  What a fascinating study of an instrument not frequently heard in a solo role:  the viola!  On Motherland, superstar violist David Aaron Carpenter shows us the range and depth of his instrument.

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