We Love Local: WRTI 90.1 Brings Philadelphia-Area Classical and Jazz Artists to Air

While we practice significant social distancing to keep everyone safe and healthy, we should not be isolated. We can share the experience of listening to great music, much of it created by musicians from our own region. We still love to play music from local artists; During this “stay at home” period, we give a special boost to the music of local artists and ensembles in our regular programming.

Calling all musicians in our region! Use this hashtag – #WRTILOVESLOCAL – to share your stay-at-home videos with the WRTI audience on social media.

The passion of a piano, the audacity of the brass, the quiet intimacy of a string quartet, the soulful groove of a jazz group and the majesty of a symphony orchestra. Music that lifts our spirits and soothes us in times of need. We have it all here in our area.

We are proud to welcome so many local artists live to our WRTI performance studio, play their music on air and let you know about their concerts. Now that live performances here and elsewhere must be canceled or postponed, we want to continue supporting them and our vibrant classical and jazz music community.

So take your favorite place in your house, or dance in your hallway! Join the WRTI audience for performances by our local artists.

Listen to the big favorites of the orchestra of The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, and more.

Group music the Allentown Band, and Berk County Gold ring.

Music highlighting the stars of tomorrow who come out of our conservatories, music schools and youth orchestras: The Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Curtis 20/21 set, Temple University Wind Symphony, and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.

Early music groups, including Piffaro, the Renaissance fanfare, Tempesta di Mare, Brandywine Baroque, and Kleine Kammermusik.

Vocal groups such as Philadelphia Opera House, the Academy of Vocal Arts, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the Crossing, Arts and crafts, Pennsylvania Girlchoir, Susquehanna Choir, Saint-Clément Choir and more.

Discover the richness of chamber music that we have in our region, from Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Brass, Philadelphia Flute Quartet, Philadelphia Wind Quintet, and Philadelphia Guitar Trio. We also play music by Dolce Suono set, founded by flautist Mimi Stillman, Dédale Quartet, in residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Dalí Quartet, with its distinctive approach to the Latin American, classical and romantic repertoire.

Recordings of many renowned individual artists with local connections are available, including the conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin, pianists Simon Abbey, Robert koenig, Matthew Graybill, André Watts, Charles Abramovic, Hugues Sung, Nathalie Zhu, Jonathan biss, Ching-Yun Hu, Sara Davis Buechner, and Barbara Nissman; violinists Sarah Chang, Bella Hristova, and Elena Urioste; violist Roberto diaz; flutist Jasmine choi; guitarist Jason vieaux, and organists Joan Lippincott and Matthieu Glandorf.

Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra performing beyond the orchestra stage include violinists Juliet Kang and David Kim, violists Burchard Tang and Che-Hung Chen, as well as cellist Ohad Bar-David, and harpist Elizabeth hainen. Oboist Jonathan Blumenfeld, flutist Jeffrey Khaner, and clarinetist Ricardo morales will be presented as well as brass Jennifer montone (Horn), David Bilger (trumpet), Nitzan Haroz (trombone) and Carol Jantsch (tuba).

On the jazz side, we also feature local artists, including those whose regular concerts in the area have been canceled: singer and conductor Chelsea Reed, who normally co-hosts the Wednesday Jazz Jam in South with the saxophonist Henri tirfe; guitarist Larry Tamanini, which hosts a Wednesday night jazz session at Maxwell’s on Main in Doylestown; and bassist Mike boone, who hosts the jam session at Heritage.

We also program national jazz artists who had been booked to perform in local venues, including singers. Dee Dee Bridgewater, who was scheduled to sing at Montgomery County Community College, a teenage jazz piano sensation Joey alexander, whose appearance at Exit Zero Jazz Festival has been postponed, and bassist Marcus miller, scheduled to perform at Berks Jazz Fest.

And we’re just getting started.

Connect and stay connected to the amazingly talented artists we have among us! #WRTILOVESLOCAL

Ada J. Kenney