July 13, 2020. Bastille Day! Le 14 juillet! Fête nationale! Yes, the national day of France is this week and while we may not be able to hop readily onto Air France and saunter down the Champs-Élysées, we can nevertheless mark the occasion with a very French album of the week, Compositrices.

Valerie Coleman has written works for The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Library of Congress, and a host of other organizations and ensembles, including the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds, of which she is the founder and former flutist. She talked with WRTI's Susan Lewis about writing music in today's difficult times. 

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A winner of Astral’s 2015 National Auditions, flutist Annie Wu performs everything from the traditional repertoire to a work for beat box flute, and embraces music as a way to tell stories. Annie and pianist Feng Niu visited the WRTI Performance Studio to play works by Robert Schumann, Gabriella Lena Frank, and Thierry Lancino. WRTI’s Susan Lewis, host.

Listen to the WRTI performance of Jasmine Choi, praised as “the goddess of flute" by Korea Times, with Hugh Sung at the piano in an enchanting program with host Debra Lew Harder.