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There are two men of note named Michael Collins. One piloted the Apollo 11 command module to the moon and back. The other, the one we’re interested in here, plays the clarinet, was once the principal conductor of the City of London Sinfonia, and is featured in WRTI's Classical Album of the Week.

April 27, 2020. With the sun higher in the sky and the chill in the air fading away, the promise of spring is all around us, even if we aren’t celebrating it quite as we would hope to. If there could be a compensation prize for bearing up at home, with so many uncertainties and having to watch the tulips bloom from inside, it's surely this gem—Philadelphia violinist Elena Urioste’s new album, To the Spring.

April 6, 2020. Trumpeter John Vanore’s newest release is not very new at all. It was actually recorded in the mid '80s, with no intention of release. Vanore, and fellow Philadelphian, pianist Ron Thomas, were experimenting with some music from that time. Vanore discovered these tunes on cassette in his basement, and now we have Primary Colors, a chill, yet electric album that touches on the familiar (of 1985).

March 9, 2020. Grammy-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe has worked on all different types of projects, and is known for having an affinity for Latin jazz. On Sunrise Over Moloka’i, Bill deviates from the predictable, and sets his musical sights on Hawaii, even completing his trio with Bruce Hamada (bass) and Darryl Pellegrini (drums), who both call Hawaii home.

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Join us on Friday, February 21st at 12:10 PM when Flutist Robert Cart and pianist Regina DiMedio Marrazza preview selections from their upcoming performance presented by the Philadelphia Ethical Society as part of its "Music for Good" concert series. Composer Eric Sessler joins the duo and WRTI's Susan Lewis hosts.

January 13, 2020. Jeff Goldblum (yes, THAT Jeff Goldblum) and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at it again, with more mash-ups, jazz standards, and collaborations on I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This, the follow-up album to 2018’s The Capitol Sessions.

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Cuban-born pianist Dayramir Gonzalez and his trio brought the house down during a performance in Philadelphia last July featuring music from his 2018 release, The Grand ConcourseThe winner of three Cubadisco awards joins J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI Performance Studio on Friday, June 14th at 4 PM in advance of his highly anticipated return to @exuberance that evening.

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Pianist, composer and WRTI alum Kendrah Butler-Waters and pianist and composer Tonya Dorsey are presenting a Black History Month concert at St. Martin De Porres Church on February 16th.  On Wednesday, February 6th they joined host J. Michael Harrison, along with some of their collective, in the WRTI Performance Studio.

January 7, 2019. Jeff Goldblum is famous for his starring roles in films such as Jurassic Park, The Big Chill, and The Fly. But did you know that, way back, he grew up playing piano and accompanying vocalists? By chance, Jeff was able to get back into the swing of things. The result: this new release, Jeff Goldbum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra: The Capitol Studio Sessions, which features A-list musicians and guest performers.

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Tonight! WRTI is throwing a birthday bash to celebrate the 98th anniversary of the birth of the legendary jazz artist Dave Brubeck.


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