2020

French jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Claude Bolling, whose work spanned jazz clubs, the big screen, and Carnegie Hall, died Tuesday at the age of 90. His death was announced by his representatives.

Collecting the names of musicians who die in any single span of time, as NPR does at the end of each year, can be an occasion for tribute or reflection or an exercise in collapsing days, a gateway to a specific moment of pain or gratitude. The truth at the end of 2020 is that the tremendous and overwhelming volume of loss nearly renders the need for that kind of reminder irrelevant. Throughout this relentless year it has been constantly renewed.

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You're invited to experience the music of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with WRTI.

Traveling may be on hold, and the gathering of friends and family may not be around the usual table this year, but no matter where you are and what you’re feasting on, WRTI’s Thanksgiving Day soundtrack is your perfect companion.

November 9, 2020. After a tense election season marked by discord and division, you might find yourself yearning for something, anything, to restore your faith in this country and its institutions. Music has that power.

On Halloween day during Classical Coffeehouse with Debra Lew Harder, tune in from 6 am to 12 noon to hear music of the mysterious night—of the supernatural! Musical ghosts will appear, guaranteed to give you scary good chills.

It’s a party, and you’re invited! The 3rd Annual WRTI & Astral Block Party has moved from Walnut Street,—where we’ve hosted hundreds of fans for the past two years—to WRTI 90.1 and streaming at wrti.org, where thousands can listen safely.

The National Endowment for the Arts will honor it's 2020 class of Jazz Masters virtually, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony and concert, originally set to take place in April, will be available online at 8 PM on Thursday, August 20th, and you can watch it right here.

We have great news. The 33rd Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is on—but this year, it’s on your computer or device. The largest free jazz festival on the East Coast will not be performing live in Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington, DE. Instead, a cream-of–the-crop lineup will be playing in a recording studio, and streamed to you here, via the WRTI website.

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Join WRTI as we ring in 2020 live from Broad Street with The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Paula Johns Quintet.