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It's a Back-to-School Week Musical Celebration on WRTI 90.1

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September is here, and that means summer vacation is over for students throughout our region. But on WRTI, the fun continues! Join us the week of September 2nd to hear music by young artists from the Philadelphia area and beyond as we welcome back School Days.

Join us during classical hours Monday thorugh Friday to hear some of our favorite performances by student ensembles and soloists recorded live from the WRTI Performance Studio in 2019 including Keystone State Boychoir and the Young Women's Composer Camp.


You'll also hear performances by Curtis Institute ensembles, Temple University Boyer College's Music Prep String Orchestra, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra. Our Classical Album of the Week features the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra conducted by Louis Scaglione in a recording from 2015, and the daily Sousalarm with Gregg Whiteside at 7:15 AM will sound off with some surprises!

In the WRTI Performance Studio you're in for a treat. Our student worker Griffin Harrison, a percussionist studying at Temple's Boyer College of Music and Dance, performs Séjourné's Marimba Concerto Live at 12:10 PM on September 5th after winning the Brass/Percussion Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and School this past July. Go, Griffin!

The fun continues over the weekend. What will be brewing in the Saturday Morning Classical Coffeehouse with Debra Lew Harder? Music written by kid geniuses like Mozart and Mendelssohn, and great pieces written by Shostakovich and Dvorak... for their kids.

Three kid favorites will be duking it out for our weekly Special Back-to-School Saturday Espresso contest (including a contestant from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.) And you'll hear student choral groups from close to home and further away, singing Nico Muhly, Ralph Vaughan Villiams, Adrian Battan, Mark O’Connor’s Johnny Appleseed Suite, and much more...

We'll feature songs recorded live from the WRTI Performance Studio by the Wissahickon High School Camarata led by John Conahan, and plenty of music to soothe your soul on a Saturday morning.

On the jazz side we'll revisit some of our favorite performances from the last two seasons of The Rite of Swing. This music is exclusive to WRTI, and was recorded at The Rite of Swing Café in the lobby of the Temple Performing Arts Center on the main campus of Temple University. This series features performers with ties to Temple and the Philadelphia jazz scene, including some current students and faculty of the Boyer College of Music and Dance.

Selected tunes from Rite of Swing will air throughout regular jazz hours during the week. Featured artists include Sachal Vasandani, Bootise Barnes and Larry McKenna, Greg Kettinger, Chelsea Reed and many others. The new season of The Rite of Swing kicks off on September 5th with saxophonist Ross Gerberich and his band.