Susan Lewis

David Ludwig, described by The Philadelphia Inquirer as "a composer with something urgent to say," has a new monodrama set to a text by poet Katie Ford, exploring a medieval spiritual practice called "Anchorism." Join us for highlights from The Anchoress a day before its world premiere. WRTI's Susan Lewis hosts the composer, poet, soprano Hyunah Yu, Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, and PRISM Quartet in the WRTI Performance Studio on Tuesday, October 16 at 12:10 PM.

Chris Lee/Philadelphia Orchestra

Join host Gregg Whiteside in October on Sundays at 1 pm, and Mondays at 7 pm on HD-2, as our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, take you to Saratoga Springs to hear highlights of four concerts from August—recorded live at the town's outdoor amphitheater nestled into a hillside on the grounds of Saratoga Spa State Park.

Praised by the press for her "majestic originality of vision," (The Independent) and "unpretentious elegance" (The New Yorker), pianist Simone Dinnerstein has charted her professional path with passion and creativity. Here she performs live on the radio and chats with WRTI's Susan Lewis.


They are 18 teenage girls from across America who dream of careers writing music. They're now wrapping up two intensive weeks at Young Women Composers Camp on Temple University's Campus. They're studying composition for strings, winds, percussion, brass, and voice; writing classical works, songs, and jazz.

Andrew Eccles

Jean-Yves Thibaudet has made a name for himself on the global classical music scene as a concert pianist with artistry and flare. He’ll be adding that panache to upcoming performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety," in Hamburg, Vienna, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem when he travels with the Philadelphia Orchestra on its tour of Europe and Israel.

Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer

The critically acclaimed Dalí Quartet brought the excitement of its signature mix of Latin American and European classical and romantic music to the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.  They performed LIVE and chatted with WRTI’s Susan Lewis. 


Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Orchestra

WRTI Arts Desk Reporters Honored

May 22, 2016

WRTI reporters traveled to The Hotel Hershey on May 16th to accept the 2016 Judges Merit Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. Congratulations to Susan Lewis (arts reporter), Meridee Duddleston (arts reporter), Kile Smith (arts reporter), and Eric Brannon (audio engineer) for their work on the following Arts Desk radio features that captured the winning votes from the judges. Check them out!

WRTI Arts Desk Team Wins Big!

Mar 30, 2015

The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB) has just announced that WRTI has been selected for a 2015 PAB Award for Excellence. Congratulations to Susan Lewis (arts reporter), Meridee Duddleston (arts reporter), and Eric Brannon (audio engineer) for their work on the following Arts Desk radio features that captured the winning votes from the judges:

The Changing Face and Sound of Classical Music:

Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie wrote the now-classic adventure tale of Peter Pan as a play for children in 1904.  He transformed it into a novel in 1911. 

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