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Join us on *Wednesday, June 26th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, the classical stream at WRTI.org, and the WRTI App to hear a re-broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra peforming Gustav Mahler’s last completed composition, which he lived neither to premiere nor even rehearse: his Symphony No. 9.

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Join us on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast to hear two spiritually inspired works for soloists, chorus, and orchestra that couldn't be more different. 

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Bobby Sanabria and the Multiverse Big Band celebrate the mathematics behind Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story at NYC’s National Museum of Math (MoMath).

On Sunday, October 21st at 1 pm, listen to Jennifer Koh play Bernstein on The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI broadcast from Saratoga. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it's part of an ongoing celebration of the Renaissance man who influenced so many, including Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Among his accolades, pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been praised by The Washington Post for his "pianistic eloquence with a special gift for commentary." Host of Keyboard Conversations, the touring series of concerts with commentary, Siegel plays and talks about Leonard Bernstein and his music with WRTI’s Kevin Gordon in advance of his appearance at the Kimmel Center. 

The Timpanist Who Was Leonard Bernstein's Go-To Baton Expert

Aug 26, 2018
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When Leonard Bernstein’s baton broke during a rehearsal of Candide in the early 1970s, who was summoned to repair it? Richard Horowitz, who at the time was principal timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Jamie Bernstein can't call her childhood a typical one. On any given weekend, she might find Lauren Bacall, Isaac Stern, Richard Avedon, Mike Nichols, Stephen Sondheim, Lillian Hellman or Sidney Lumet hanging out at her house. Jamie's father was Leonard Bernstein.

There has never been an American dynamo remotely like Leonard Bernstein. The composer, conductor, pianist, creator of musicals, educator, political maven and raconteur seemed to spin on his axis faster than any normal human being.

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Conceived in 1949, West Side Story has a serious message that pleads for racial tolerance, delivered in unforgettable song and dance. People have been listening to that message, and humming the songs, ever since the show premiered on Broadway in 1957 and debuted on the silver screen in 1961.


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As a 16-year-old “musical theatre kid,” I’ve always linked the name Leonard Bernstein with West Side Story, and those familiar songs that never fail to bring a smile to my face, from "America" to "Somewhere." I love them all.

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