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The virtuoso guitarist Julian Bream, who died August 14, 2020 at age 87 of natural causes in Wiltshire, England, helped change the way the world views the classical guitar and the lute, taking the instruments to new audiences and musical settings.

Join us on Sunday, August 16th at 8 PM on WRTI 90.1 as we present the final episode of Jazz Night In America's three-part series on the Newport Jazz Festival. Philly native Christian McBride, who hosts the program and is also the artistic director of the festival, is part of some of the amazing vintage Newport performances featured this time around.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra performs one of the most remarkable symphonies ever written, Symphonie Fantastique of Hector Berlioz, on WRTI, Sunday August 16th at 1 PM on 90.1 and Monday, August 17th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

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With a career as a concert soloist launched at a very young age, and then a debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic when she was just 8, violinist Sarah Chang continues to perform with world-class ensembles across the globe. She's been honored for her leadership in the arts by the World Economic Forum and Harvard University, and was named Artistic Ambassador by the U.S. Department of State in 2011. 

Back in the days before the coronavirus pandemic, lots of people found community and comfort in singing together, whether at school, as a form of worship, in amateur groups or performing as professionals. Last year, Chorus America reported that some 54 million Americans — that is, more than 15% of the entire country's population — participated in some kind of organized group singing. And that study revealed that nearly three-quarters of those polled felt less lonely.

When cases of the coronavirus spiked in March, doctors and nurses across the country found themselves overwhelmed with work. The shutdown also took away an important creative outlet for a special breed of medical professional: classical musicians. That's why John Masko, a symphony conductor in Boston, founded the National Virtual Medical Orchestra, giving those in the medical field a chance to perform and connect with each other.

"I kept hearing from musician after musician from our ensemble [about] how much they wish they were playing," Masko says.

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Classical Host Kevin Gordon brings you Flix@5 every weekday at 5:05 PM on WRTI 90.1. The week of August 10th Flix@5 treads the boards with music from hit Broadway musicals that became hit Hollywood films. It’s “Stage to Film Week” and we’re featuring tunes that will bring back memories and, we hope, will have you singing along! 

Join us on Sunday, August 9th at 8 PM on WRTI 90.1 as we present Part 2 of Jazz Night in America's three-part series on the Newport Jazz Festival. Philadelphia's own Christian McBride, the host of the program, also serves as the artistic director of the festival, and has some amazing vintage Newport performances to share.

Join us on Sunday, August 9th at 12 PM on WRTI 90.1 to hear Episode 5 of “This Week with Yannick,” an eight-week radio series, hosted and curated by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Helen Jones Woods, who played trombone with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, a history-making all-female big band that toured widely during World War II, died of COVID-19 on July 25 in Sarasota, Fla. She was 96.

Her daughter Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of the broadcast media company Urban One, confirmed the details of her death to NPR.

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