Mahler ends his Fourth Symphony with a song about child’s vision of heaven. Its messages about joy and music fuel the passion of one of today’s rising conducting stars. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more from Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla about Mahler, music, and life.


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J.S. Bach wrote hundreds of sacred cantatas for voices and orchestra on liturgical texts. One season in Bach’s life reveals some of the cantatas he thought would endure through generations.

Luca Piva

Former Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Christoph Eschenbach is on the podium for this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI 90.1. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein is soloist.

Although the song “Danny Boy” has come to symbolize the Irish Diaspora and Irish national pride, its author was not Irish at all. Frederic Edward Weatherly (1848-1929) was a busy English lawyer who also wrote novels, children’s books, libretti, and the lyrics to some 1500 ballads and songs.

We’ll hear highlights from this season’s Improvisionaries series with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Sunday at 5 PM on WRTI 90.1.

March 12, 2018. Fugue State highlights music from two centuries of keyboard composers from the High Baroque period.  Pianist Alan Feinberg interprets a musical range beginning with Danish-German composer Dieterich Buxtehude and concluding with Bach and Handel. 

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony premiered in 1808 and was praised as "one of the most important works of the time" by critic E.T.A. Hoffman. WRTI’s Susan Lewis explores why, in the more than 200 years since, the work retains its extraordinary appeal.


March 12, 2018. At age 75, Dr. Lonnie Smith still knows how to party. His new release, All In My Mind, was recorded last summer at his birthday celebration at The Jazz Standard in New York City. Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Johnathan Blake make this a trio record to remember.

Need some extra cheer during the workday? How about a little Mozart? We're now bringing you a Mozart favorite every weekday at 1 pm except for Wednesdays when we feature At Your Request Midday Mozart is the perfect pick-me-up to ward off those post-lunch doldrums.

Benjamin Ealovega

Music for Food is a national effort to fight hunger at the local level, through funds raised at classical music concerts. Pianist Jonathan Biss has spearheaded the inaugural year of the Philadelphia chapter of Music for Food with help from Curtis Institute of Music faculty and students.

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Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd with events that bring people together to raise awareness for environmental protection. This year, take some personal time to appreciate the world we live in. Breathe in, breathe out, and find peace and tranquility listening to these five classical gems inspired by the secrets, the majesty, and the boldness of the earth.

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April 16, 2018. Pianist Leslie Pintchik was on her way to a doctorate in 17th century English literature at Columbia University when she realized jazz was her true calling.

April 16, 2018. The repertoire of Shanghai-trained Xiayin Wang spans centuries of music, from Bach to Barber.  The pianist has several recordings to her credit, on multiple labels. Her most recent release, Granados: Piano Works, is a collection of solo piano music by Enrique Granados, including Goyescas, his crowning keyboard opus.

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