August 19, 2019. It would’ve been more than understandable for pianist George Cables to call it quits; retirement almost certainly would’ve been the prudent, pragmatic course for the 74-year-old pianist after losing most of his left leg to a deathly serious health scare.

Kristin Hoebermann

With wide ranging repertoire and a variety of roles, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong has been described by Opera Magazine as someone who can truly "sing it all." She talked with WRTI's Susan Lewis about finding the human element in every work.


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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, August 18th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 brings pianist Emanuel Ax to the stage of Verizon Hall, in a performance of Johannes Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto. Also on the program is the U.S. premiere of Stacey Brown’s Perspectives, and a work by a composer whom Brahms ardently championed, Antonin Dvořák, whose impassioned Symphony No. 7 closes the afternoon’s concert.

The saxophonist and clarinetist, a student of Sidney Bechet and a specialist in early styles of the music, died Aug. 4 at the age of 91. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1988, excerpted here. (Hear the full interview through the Fresh Air archive.)

The four winners of the Tri-County Concerts Youth Festival Piano Competition visit the WRTI Performance Studio on Wednesday, August 14th at 12:10 pm to play works by Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, and Liebermann. WRTI's Kevin Gordon is host.

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Alfred Hitchcock created films filled with mystery, danger, and suspense—with music playing a major role. 

Stacey Brown

A sculpture created by her composition teacher inspired Stacey Brown’s work for orchestra, which explores the way we experience art and life. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it’s all a matter of perspective,


August 12, 2019. Summer nights feel especially precious now that we’re well into August, and summer twilights seem especially magical. The "blue hour"—that last period of day when the sun has set, but residual light gives the sky a soft, bluish shade—this time and mood is captured in a recent album of the same name by clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer and pianist Yuja Wang.

August 12, 2019. Eyal Vilner grew up in Tel Aviv, loving the music of the swing era. But he didn’t fully appreciate what it meant to swing until he started swing dancing himself. Now, fully indoctrinated, his 16-piece big band is a driving force behind New York City’s surprisingly robust Lindy hop scene. Their latest, Swing Out!, provides a dozen very clear reasons why.

Ernest Stuart

Ernest Stuart has performed with an impressive list of artist including The Roots, Orrin Evans, Billy Paul, Aretha Franklin, Terell Stafford, Seal and John Legend.  Ernest and his band join J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI Performance Studio on Tuesday, August 13th at 2 pm, prior to performing at the Kimmel Center's free monthly series, Sittin' In, the following evening.

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August 19, 2019. It would’ve been more than understandable for pianist George Cables to call it quits; retirement almost certainly would’ve been the prudent, pragmatic course for the 74-year-old pianist after losing most of his left leg to a deathly serious health scare.

Kristin Hoebermann

With wide ranging repertoire and a variety of roles, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong has been described by Opera Magazine as someone who can truly "sing it all." She talked with WRTI's Susan Lewis about finding the human element in every work.


MGM Studios/Getty Images

Alfred Hitchcock created films filled with mystery, danger, and suspense—with music playing a major role. 

Stacey Brown

A sculpture created by her composition teacher inspired Stacey Brown’s work for orchestra, which explores the way we experience art and life. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it’s all a matter of perspective,


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