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Joan Myers Brown—founder and artistic director of the internationally renowned Black dance company, PHILADANCO!—was on tour in Switzerland with 15 young dancers when the world shut down because of COVID-19.

Heroes never fade from memory. Last year, on Sept. 30, 2019, the great American soprano Jessye Norman died suddenly. She was just 74.

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Hailed as one of the world’s finest jazz saxophone players, Larry McKenna is firmly rooted in his Philadelphia birthplace where he has spent over six decades showcasing a gorgeous tenor saxophone sound.

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Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony highlights this Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast from 2016 on Sunday, October 4th at 1 PM on WRTI and Monday, October 5th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2. But there’s so much more. The Violin Concerto of John Williams and Ravel’s well-loved Pavane round out a brilliant program conducted by Stéphane Denève, who recently finsihed his tenure as the Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor.

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Some folks—even jazz fans—wouldn’t know that the handle Robert Chudnick belonged to Red Rodney, the once well-known jazz trumpeter from Philadelphia who was born back on September 27th, 1927.

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Georgian-born violinist Lisa Batiashvili is usually on the move, soloing with orchestras around the world. But since March she’s has been at home with her family in Germany and France. In this TIME IN interview, she talks about the pleasures of re-creating family recipes for her husband and children, playing chamber music with friends, and finding time for yoga and meditation amongst other things.

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WRTI honors the memory of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with special programming on Saturday, September 26th during Classical Coffeehouse with Debra Lew Harder, and Overture with Mark Pinto. Stay tuned to hear our weekly opera broadcast, which just happens to be what was one of Justice Ginsburg's favorite operas, Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Here's a delicious side dish to your weekday mornings! By popular demand, Gregg Whiteside brings you music by Johann Sebastian Bach every weekday at 8:06 AM on WRTI 90.1.

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This re-broadcast from 2016 features Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium joined by a Philadelphia favorite, the incomparable Lang Lang, performing the music of someone else whose career had close ties to Philadelphia—Sergei Rachmaninoff. Listen on Sunday, September 27th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, September 28th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

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Although the COVID-19 shutdown has cancelled live performances, Opera Philadelphia has reinvented its 2020 season with a new subscription channel that uses a filmmaker's approach to opera's powerful music and theater. General Director and President David Devan talks with WRTI's Susan Lewis about the new Opera Philadelphia Channel.

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