Classical Stories
3:12 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Christmas with The Crossing Choir on WRTI: December 25

3 to 4 pm

If you haven't heard of The Crossing chamber choir, here's the perfect opportunity to hear their gorgeous voices on WRTI. The highly acclaimed Philadelphia-based ensemble, directed by Donald Nally, is a 24-voice professional choir dedicated to performing contemporary and recently composed vocal music. Listen to the ensemble's inaugural broadcast on WRTI - you'll hear their magnificent Christmas Daybreak concert, recorded especially for broadcast.

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Creatively Speaking
4:21 pm
Sat December 17, 2011

A New Jean Sibelius Symphony?--Charles Dickens' 200th Birthday--The Kimmel Center at Age 10

Jean Sibelius

As fragments of an unfinished masterwork by Jean Sibelius come to light, David Patrick Stearns considers whether or not we're about to hear a new Sibelius symphony - more than half a century after the death of the great Finish composer.

Susan Lewis explores the best of times and the worst of times in the life of Charles Dickens. Celebrations of the 200th birthday of the great Victorian-era English novelist are taking place around the region and the world.

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Music Features
3:51 pm
Sat December 17, 2011

Maestro Peter Nero

Philly Pops Music Director Peter Nero is Jill Pasternak's guest this week. The Philly Pops 2011 holiday concert series runs from December 14th to 22nd at the Kimmel Center.

WRTI Spotlight
1:57 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Jazz Hot 11: Top 100 of 2011

Your Favorite New Jazz Releases of the Year

December 26th to 29th

9 pm to midnight

Join Maureen Malloy as she brings you the 100 songs that made the biggest splash on our weekly, listener-generated WRTI Hot 11 Countdown during 2011. Take a trip back through the year to hear the tunes you voted for and listened for every Monday night. The complete list of the Jazz Hot 11 Top 100 Jazz Tunes of 2011 will be available for you to view on Friday, December 30th - check back!

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News and Views
7:27 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Fanny and Felix: Re-Examining the Genius of the 19th-Century Mendelssohn Siblings

Jazz Stories
2:13 pm
Sun December 11, 2011

Christian McBride: Tackling Two Sides Of Jazz At Once

In jazz, to be a bassist usually means playing in someone else's band. The bassist-as-bandleader is a fairly rare thing, with the torch being passed over the years from Charles Mingus to Ron Carter...and now to Philadelphia-born Christian McBride.

Not yet 40, McBride has become one of the most prolific performers in jazz. He's just released two new albums, each representing completely different takes on the form.--from NPR

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Classical Stories
11:49 am
Sun December 11, 2011

It's Beethoven All Day on WRTI!

Friday, December 16

Ludwig van Beethoven towers as one of history's greatest composers. He triumphed over a total loss of hearing to write some of the most heroic, uplifting music the world has ever known.

On December 16th from 6 am to 6 pm, tune in to hear your favorite works by Beethoven on his birthday, including the glorious Symphony No. 9 at noon, piano sonatas, violin sonatas, and less-frequently heard vocal and choral works, concertos, and overtures. It's "Lots of Ludwig" for 12 hours! Please join us.

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WRTI Spotlight
3:06 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

<a href=>Beethoven Trivia Contest</a>

Enter today!

To view all questions to date and the complete contest rules click here.

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Architecture, history, literature, and music constitute the guiding forces of Renaissance Rolf's life. In addition to his work at WRTI, he's an architecture and history guide, and a lecturer on literature and music.

Rolf's radio career began as a high school sports announcer in Portland, Oregon and continued at St. Olaf College where he received his undergraduate degree in history. Then he collected a bevy of graduate degrees in theology, the arts, and English literature at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois. He received his Ph.D. in English specializing in Joseph Conrad.  He served as a university Lutheran chaplain, choir director, and English professor in Chicago, and as an academic dean at St. Joseph's University.

Creatively Speaking
2:42 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Pianist Christian Zacharias--Flutist Joshua Smith--A Look at Handel's MESSIAH

Christian Zacharias

Jim Cotter speaks with the renowned German pianist Christian Zacharias.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Joshua Smith as the principal flute of The Cleveland Orchestra prepares for a Philadelphia recital.

And Susan Lewis considers the history and continued vitality of Handel's Messiah.

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