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This Weekend's Highlights: November 9th and 10th

Chason Goldfinger is a composer and violist on the rise!

From the Top! Join us on Sunday as we celebrate one of our own, 17-year-old composer Chason Goldfinger from Malvern, PA, now a college student in the Columbia University-Juilliard Exchange program. A former summer intern at WRTI, Chason’s composition String Quartet No. 1, "Elemental," Op. 15, will be featured in a performance of the fourth movement, Salamandrae (Fire) by Quartet Lumiére on the award-winning FROM THE TOP on WRTI, Sunday, November 10th at 3 pm. Congrats to Chason! More about the show here.

Chason has received numerous prominent commissions from ensembles and artists such as violinist Dennis Kim, concertmaster of Finland’s Tampere Philharmonic; Duo Esprit (Basil Vendryes, principal violist of the Colorado Symphony, and AnnMarie Liss, harp soloist and faculty at Colorado College); the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's PRYSM string ensemble; the Schuylkill Valley (PA) Area Orchestra Festival (as resident composer). Chason was awarded the Gail W. Snitzer Advanced Study String Quartet Scholarship at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia from 2010-2013. He currently serves as principal violist of the Columbia University Orchestra, and previously served as associate principal violist of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. He's also the Director of Outreach and New Music for the Columbia Classical Performers.

The Philadelphia Orchestra

On Sunday, November 10th, at 1 pm, we begin a new season of Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts with the 2013-2014 season-opening concert from the end of September, featuring Beethoven's awe-inspiring Ninth Symphony.  Read more.


This week we feature the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra on Sunday at 4pm.  The program features guitarist Angel Romero in the east cost premiere of Lalo Schifrin's Concerto for Guitar, Maurice Ravel's Alborada del gracioso, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol and Alberto Ginastera's  Variaciones Concertantes.

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig

Join Bob Craig as he celebrates songs about sidemen, including Lester Young and Zoot Sims.  Also he'll have a special tribute to saxophonist and flutist Frank Wess who passed away on October 30th.  Read More.