Pianist Xun Pan joins us live in the WRTI performance studio on Wednesday, July 17th at 12:10 PM to warm us up for the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, which is coming up in December. WRTI"s Kevin Gordon is host.

Steve J. Sherman

Join us on Sunday, July 21 at 1 PM as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in a concert from 2018, conducts a program featuring a world premiere of a work by Nico Muhly, one of the most popular of all piano concertos,—Grieg’s A Minor—and the work Rachmaninoff composed with the Philadelphia Sound in mind, the Symphonic Dances. André Watts is soloist.

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Sandy Wood, the voice of StarDate, has suffered an illness that has prevented her from recording the second half of July programs for the beloved feature on WRTI and countless public radio stations across the country. After much consideration, Sandy has decided to retire from the program and focus on her health. July 16th will be her last show.

Tobias Poole

On Friday, July 12th at 6 PM, join us as we pay tribute to our late host and jazz ambassador, Jeff Duperon, who passed on June 17th.

One of classical music’s biggest stars—violinist Joshua Bell—returns to music that touched his soul when he was very young. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it was music worth violating curfew for at summer camp.


Updated at 9:34 p.m. ET Saturday

João Gilberto, one of the principal architects of the Brazilian musical style bossa nova, has died at his home in Rio de Janeiro, according to a Facebook post by his son. João Marcelo Gilberto wrote that his father, who was 88 years old, died following an undisclosed illness.

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Listen to part two of our special live performances by regional winners of the second annual Steinway Junior Piano Competition.

Marie Staggat

It’s the kind of program The Philadelphia Orchestra is famous for: an all-Russian program, with Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff.  The concert, broadcast on Sunday, July 7th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and streamed at wrti.org, will be repeated on Monday, July 8th at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2.

July 1, 2019. The hope in the "American Dream" is heard in the 2016 album, America Again, by pianist Lara Downes. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story.

July 1, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Band's compilation album The Best of the Jazz Heritage Series, Volume I features steallar guest artists including Walt Weiskopf, Doc Severinsen, and Al Jarreau.

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July 15, 2019. Drummer Vince Ector is a grown-up. He lives in New York City, the epicenter of unadulterated ambition. He teaches at Princeton, not really the type of place that evokes the inner child in us all. He plays with the Mingus Big Band and Orrin Evans’s Captain Black Big Band, serious ensembles for the mature and sophisticated plier of one’s craft.

Ana Cuba

The psychological thriller that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 film Marnie has been reborn in Nico Mulhy's opera, and has also spawned a new suite for orchestra. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more.

July 15, 2019.  At age 21, if your last name has already been transformed into an “ism," then it’s fair to say you’ve arrived. So it is with British saxophonist Jess Gillam.

One of classical music’s biggest stars—violinist Joshua Bell—returns to music that touched his soul when he was very young. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it was music worth violating curfew for at summer camp.


July 1, 2019. The hope in the "American Dream" is heard in the 2016 album, America Again, by pianist Lara Downes. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story.

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