Vocal Music

October 26, 2020. Guitar quartets, cello, and voices come together in a new album exploring the experiences of pioneering and Native American women. The GRAMMY-winning vocal ensemble Conspirare's recording, The Singing Guitar, includes The Dawn’s Early Light, by Huntingdon Valley composer Kile Smith. He talks with us about the album, his piece, and the fascinating story behind the new rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" within it. 

February 17, 2020. Acclaimed by The Guardian as "one of the world's leading bel canto stars," tenor Lawrence Brownlee brings his extraordinary power, range and depth of expression to the great tradition of spirituals in our album of the week, Spiritual Sketches

Elliot Mandel

December 23, 2019. Voices ringing out in harmony make the holidays ever so much richer, whether we're listening to familiar Chrismas carols and songs for Hanukkah, sacred music from different traditions, or traditional African-American spirituals. Our album of the week, Holidays a cappella Live has a taste of all of these.

John Herr

June 24, 2019. Legendary for his gifts of vocal improvisation—and for putting lyrics to Oliver Nelson’s “Stolen Moments” and Freddie Hubbard’s “Red Clay”—the late vocalist Mark Murphy, who died in 2015, had a profound impact on the kind of jazz singer Nancy Kelly has become.

March 25, 2019. It was about 15 years ago when eight members of a British youth choir branched out to form their own ensemble, after winning a vocal competition in Venice. Now the a capella group VOCES8 is famous in the UK, touring extensively in Europe and Asia.

Lisa Schaffer @LisaSchafferPhotography

It was a dark December evening in Philadelphia, just a few days shy of the winter solstice. Decked in down against the cold, people streamed into the Kimmel Center's cavernous lobby from the front and side doors.

Jazz Profiles

December 17, 2018. The ever-elegant jazz pianist Beegie Adair always aims to please lovers of all types of music. Her sophisticated technique translates standards into warm, beautiful masterpieces. On Some Enchanted Christmas, Beegie teams up with vocalist Monica Ramey to serve a homey cup of holiday cheer.

The first book printed in North America was a book of psalms; they were brought to life by a vocal quartet and musicology graduate student Emma Schnell Barnaby in a lunchtime performance and conversation with WRTI's Susan Lewis on Tuesday, March 20th. Check out their concert at the Rosenbach Museum and Library on April 19th at 6 pm. 

Don Valentino

The Academy of Vocal Arts’ annual concert of sacred vocal music on WRTI 90.1 features time-honored favorites from different cultures, faiths and periods. AVA's award-winning Resident Artists perform selections by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Rossini and more!

Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light, and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries, Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways.