Jennifer Higdon

March 18, 2019. One older and five new orchestral works by women composers comprise Project W, our Classical Album of the Week. Recently released by Cedille Records, Project W is performed by the Chicago Sinfonietta, under the direction of its music director, Mei-Ann Chen.

Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on Sunday, Feb. 3rd at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, Feb. 4th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 begins and ends with the colors of Hungarian folk music, and features the first Philadelphia performance of a concerto by Jennifer Higdon. Cristian Măcelaru conducts.

Four Philadelphia Orchestra brass players routinely sit together in the back of the orchestra. But for a recent work by Jennifer Higdon, they all move to the front of the stage—as soloists and chamber musicians. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talked with the quartet and composer about the surprising sounds we don't often hear from the low brass.


When Craig Knox premiered Jennifer Higdon's Tuba Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony last March, his performance was acclaimed as one that "hit it outta Heinz Hall." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Along with pianist Thomas Weaver and conductor Mark Russell Smith, Knox visited WRTI to perform selections from that concerto and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis on January 24th at 12:10 PM.

In June, NPR reported the Philadelphia Orchestra's admission that it had not programmed a single piece of music composed by a woman for its upcoming 2018-19 season. Jeremy Rothman, the orchestra's vice president of artistic planning, said at the time the omission was "obviously a blind spot and an oversight."


Jennifer Higdon’s concerto, On a Wire, was inspired by images of birds, as well as the innovative versatility of the musicians of Eighth Blackbird, the contemporary soloist ensemble. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

When music’s biggest night blasted off Sunday afternoon in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, home— for some contenders—was just a short train ride away. Here are the Philadelphians who won Grammys, and the Philadelphia-based talents who helped the winners along.

The Grammy Awards were handed out Sunday at Madison Square Garden, and Philadelphia artists cleaned up! Here’s a rundown of this year’s best recordings in classical music, jazz, and more. 

Andrew Wyeth. Christina's World. 1948. Tempera on panel, 32 1/4 x 47 3/4" (81.9 x 121.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

One of the Philadelphia region's most celebrated painters was born in 1917 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, his work has also inspired music by one of the region’s most well-known contemporary composers.

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