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The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI 90.1: Yannick Conducts Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet

On Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 PM, the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI brings us Sergei Prokofiev’s brilliant take on Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet .

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There’s something about listening to John Coltrane’s “Cousin Mary” that feels like home. No doubt that’s how Coltrane felt about his real-life Cousin Mary (the composition’s inspiration) and the home he shared with her near 33rd and Oxford during his brief but formative residency in Philadelphia.

September 16, 2019. Jazz trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis writes about reconnecting with the Anglo-Celtic roots of Afro-American music in his Violin Concerto in D, written for Scottish violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti, and recorded with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Cristian Macelaru. The celebration of community and joining of different musical traditions also enriches his Fiddle Dance Suite for solo violin. 

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In the early years of the Cold War, with tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union at all-time high, a tune by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev became the unlikely theme song for a radio drama about FBI cases involving international espionage. 

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Cast members of Opera Philadelphia's upcoming production of Sergei Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges visit WRTI 90.1 to perform highlights from the comic opera—one of several productions featured in Opera Philadelphia's Festival 019 from Sept. 18th to 29th. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra's semi-staged version of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet from this past May featured much of the music from the ballet, with dancers from Brian Sanders' company JUNK often moving high above the orchestra. WRTI's Susan Lewis spoke with Yannick Nézet-Séguin about the experience.

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Composer and jazz trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe has written Healing Tones as a hymn to Philadelphia, an oratorio-like work that celebrates the healers among us, including midwives, doctors, artists and musicians.

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Join us on Friday, September 13th at 12:10 PM  in the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio, when two stellar Astral artists give us an exciting sneak preview of this year’s upcoming Astral WRTI 90.1 Block Party.

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Brooklyn-Born composer and alto-saxophonist Bobby Zankel joins J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio on Tuesday, September 10th at 4 PM for a special duet performance featuring critically acclaimed drummer Chad Taylor.

September 9, 2019. Two things jump out when you look at the cover of Antidote, Chick Corea’s new album: 1) The NEA Jazz Master is very comfortable striking a flamenco pose. 2) For a guy who's 77 (but, really, for any age), the man’s got a terrific head of hair.

Opera Philadelphia is creating vital new works and interpreting traditional pieces with a contemporary lens. This year's Festival O19 is an example of how the company's innovative approach is fueling an exciting opera renaissance, and redefining the genre for the 21st century.

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September 16, 2019. Jazz trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis writes about reconnecting with the Anglo-Celtic roots of Afro-American music in his Violin Concerto in D, written for Scottish violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti, and recorded with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Cristian Macelaru. The celebration of community and joining of different musical traditions also enriches his Fiddle Dance Suite for solo violin. 

Bettmann/Getty Images

In the early years of the Cold War, with tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union at all-time high, a tune by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev became the unlikely theme song for a radio drama about FBI cases involving international espionage. 

September 16, 2019. Resonance Records has proven to be a jazz powerhouse when it comes to new releases and never-before released vintage material. Sing A Song of Jazz: The Best of Vocal Jazz on Resonance truly celebrates the power of lyrical jazz, whether it was recorded in 1956 or 2019.

September 23, 2019. If you’ve ever visited Spain or Italy, you know how the quality of the sun and soil, the wind and warmth affect everything from the food to the art and the music. Especially the music.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra's semi-staged version of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet from this past May featured much of the music from the ballet, with dancers from Brian Sanders' company JUNK often moving high above the orchestra. WRTI's Susan Lewis spoke with Yannick Nézet-Séguin about the experience.

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