Astral

Ryan Brandenberg

Join us on Friday, September 13th at 12:10 PM  in the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio, when two stellar Astral artists give us an exciting sneak preview of this year’s upcoming Astral WRTI 90.1 Block Party.

Wanna party with WRTI? Come to our block party with Astral for a fun, free afternoon of music played by rising classical stars, outdoors in the Midtown Village section of Center City, Philadelphia.

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Listen to a live performance from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio by cellist Timotheos Petrin, an Astral artist. WRTI's Debra Lew Harder was host and accompanied Tim at the piano. This dynamic, young Greek cellist presented a program of lyricism, lush harmony, and energy.

Praised for her "superb technique" and "mesmerizing grace" (New York Classical Review), violinist Danbi Um visited WRTI on January 25, 2019 to play highlights from her upcoming Philadelphia recital and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis. 

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Hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer for her "big, gorgeous tone and a mesmerizing touch," pianist Zhenni Li is a winner of numerous competitions, including the Councours Musical de France and Astral Artists’ 2016 National Auditions.

Skillful young athletes might get their career bearings on a pro team, but what’s the equivalent for promising artists in the classical music world? One organization has mentored some of the best in the field, including guitarist Jason Vieaux, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, flutist Mimi Stillman, soprano Angela Meade, and the string trio Time For Three.

Wanna party with WRTI? Come to our block party with Astral Artists for a fun, free afternoon of music played by some of the world’s most dynamic young musicians, outdoors in Center City.

Vanessa Briceño

Performance Today describes Jordan Dodson as “one of the top young guitarists of his generation.” Listen to Jordan perform music of Domenico Scarlatti, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Nicole Murphy, and Roland Dyens, live from the WRTI 90.1 performance studio with host Debra Lew Harder. 

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Listen to Project Fusion, a dynamic young saxophone quartet, when they chatted with Classical Coffeehouse Host Debra Lew Harder and performed LIVE on WRTI. A winner of Astral's 2015 National Auditions, Project Fusion has captured top prizes in prestigious chamber music competitions; the ensemble's concerts have been described as “joyful celebrations.”

Musicians from ASTRAL, LIVE on WRTI 90.1!

Oct 18, 2017

Something special happened on WRTI 90.1 on Thursday, October 19th! We hosted on the air, two amazingly talented young musicians from ASTRAL, a Philadelphia-based mentoring program that specializes in developing the early careers of extraordinary classical artists. 

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