Join us on Sunday, January 16th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, January 17th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 when our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings you “American Masters,” the first subscription concert of the Orchestra’s 2021/2022 season, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and recorded in concert in October.
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Emmy Award-winning composer Stephen Lawrence, who co-wrote songs for Sesame Street and Free to Be... You and Me, died on December 30 at age 82.
Multi-instrumentalist Joe Chambers made his name as a drummer on some of Blue Note Records’ most celebrated albums of the mid-to-late 1960s. But it’s his vibraphone playing here—bobbing and weaving in a synchronized courtship with pianist Brad Merritt worthy of David Attenborough narration—that’s foregrounded on Samba de Maracatu, his first release as a leader for the famed jazz label since 1998’s Mirrors.
WRTI announces a brand-new series of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, recorded live from the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, with a refreshed format and some new people behind the scenes. Melinda Whiting is host, and Susan Lewis is producer and lead interviewer. The program can be heard every Sunday, 1 to 3 PM on WRTI 90.1 and every Monday, 7 to 9 PM on WRTI HD-2.
We're welcoming 2022 with a Philadelphia Orchestra rebroadcast of 2018's New Year's Eve concert that takes you from the shimmering grandeur of Vienna, to the bright lights of Broadway, to the serene beauty of Helsinki. Listen on WRTI, Sunday. Jan. 2nd at 1 PM and Monday, Jan. 3rd at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.
We remember some of the luminaries we lost this year: Chick Corea; Milford Graves; Dr. Lonnie Smith; Pat Martino; Dottie Dodgion; Howard Johnson; Slide Hampton; Curtis Fuller; and Ralph Peterson Jr.
New Year's Day 2022 from Vienna's Musikverein on WRTI: Daniel Barenboim Conducts The Vienna PhilharmonicRing in 2022 with WRTI 90.1! On New Year's Day, join us at 11 AM for the 82nd Annual Vienna Philharmonic concert broadcast featuring the upbeat music of the Strauss family and their contemporaries, brought to you from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria.
Despite the challenging year we've all had, music has endured—elevating our lives during the darkest days and the brightest ones. Here's what our classical and jazz hosts/producers have selected as the best of the best for 2021. Check out picks from: Melinda Whiting, John T.K. Scherch, Mike Bolton, Kevin Gordon, Zev Kane, Susan Lewis, Bob Perkins, Matt Silver, Bobbi Booker, Maureen Malloy, and J. Michael Harrison.
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Sad news to share: we're remembering Pat Martino after news arrived that he passed away today, November 1, 2021, after living with COPD for several years.
Editor's Note: Sam Reed passed away on July 7th, 2021 at age 85. Few Philadelphia musicians have had careers as rich and varied as saxophonist and…