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You're Invited! WRTI's Susan Lewis Hosts Astral National Auditions Winners Concert Near Rittenhouse Square

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Astral artists performing on October 20th, 2021 are from left to right, top: Helen Zhibing Huang, soprano; Valentin Kovalev, saxophone; Hilda Huang, piano & harpsichord | bottom: ARKAI, string duo; Amer Hasan, clarinet; Hao Yang, guitar; Julian Rhee, violin

It's going to be an awesome concert. Join us to discover eight incredibly talented Astral artists, winners of the highly competitive Astral National Auditions, performing in person, and presented by our very own senior producer of arts & culture, Susan Lewis. The date is Wednesday, October 20th at 7 PM. The place is Stotesbury Mansion just off of Rittenhouse Square.

What's Astral all about? Here's Astral's new executive director Lourdes Starr-Demers to fill you in:

"As an organization that has been supporting and developing emerging classical musicians for 30 years, Philadelphia-based Astral provides a range of experiences for its musicians, so that ideas and collaborations are cultivated to deeply connect with audiences. We are thrilled to open our season this year with a special concert featuring eight brilliant artists who have just joined our roster. They are extraordinary musicians who bring an individual approach and interpretation of the most compelling classical works— including some familiar and some contemporary and new."

You'll hear performances by:
Helen Zhibing Huang, soprano; Valentin Kovalev, saxophone; Hilda Huang, piano & harpsichord; ARKAI, string duo; Amer Hasan, clarinet; Hao Yang, guitar; and Julian Rhee, violin

Check out their bios here!

WRTI is so happy to be involved with Astral. It's our mission to champion music as a vital cultural resource, and helping to tell the stories of exceptionally talented young musicians and encouraging audiences in our community to discover them are among our key values.

So, let's celebrate these Astral artists together on Wednesday, October 20th at 7 PM! Ticket information and the program for the concert can be found here.

Hope to see you there!

About Susan Lewis