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The McGill Brothers, CYS - Winged Creatures is the WRTI: Classical Album of the Week

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It's a classical recording that celebrates family, and the importance of music in children's lives. The WRTI - Classical Album of the Week is Winged Creatures, featuring Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of The New York Philharmonic, and his brother, Demarre McGill, principal flutist of The Seattle Symphony, performing with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, which nurtured both brothers in their early years. 

The McGill brothers grew up in Chicago, and both played in the Chicago Youth Symphony, which commissioned Joel Puckett's Concerto Duo in 2012, also featured on the album.  The title track, Winged Creatures-by African American composer Michael Abels-was commissioned by Cedille Records. The album is the world-premiere recording of both of these works for flute, clarinet, and orchestra.

Franz Danzi's Sinfonia Concertante for Flute, Clarinet and Orchestra is also on the recording, along with Saint-Saens' Tarantelle, a piece the McGill brothers, while still in their teens, performed on  Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. 

Anthony McGill talks with WRTI: Philadelphia - Susan Lewis about Winged Creatures. He also talks about growing up with music, playing with his brother Demarre on Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, and his experience with the Chicago Youth Symphony. 

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