Classical Coffeehouse with Debra Lew Harder

Saturdays, 6 am to 12 noon on WRTI 90.1 and WRTI.org

What goes beautifully with your Saturday morning French Roast or Double Cappuccino? The perfect blend of music! So starting on Saturday, September 9th from 6 am to 12 noon, we’re opening the Classical Coffeehouse with Debra Lew Harder, with bright music that soothes and uplifts your soul— carefully brewed to bring you harmony and happiness every Saturday morning. Breathe deeply and enjoy the aroma...

But wait, there’s more! YOU get to choose our Classical Coffeehouse Special Saturday Espresso! Every week, vote here from a selection of three musical “roasts”— works you know and love by the great composers. Cast your vote any day throughout the week, before 9 am on Saturday, and then at 10 am Debra will play the winner for you to savor.

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Love. It smacks us in the head, simmers when it’s cooking, and smolders when it’s over. The music we associate with love does too. We asked WRTI hosts and reporters to give us their takes on the classical music and jazz that fuels the many emotions of love.

That’s right, you voted Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), your No. 1 most essential classical composer. His symphonies, operas, concertos, and compositions, in every genre of the time, remain to this day an incredible marvel of genius. And today is the wunderkind from Salzburg's birthday! So we're celebrating with a morning of music devoted exclusively to the great composer.

"Study Bach. There you will find everything." That's what Johannes Brahms said about the King of Baroque. Johann Sebastian Bach is the composer, above all others, whom other composers point to as The One.

On January 22, 2018, we presented a special LIVE broadcast. Grammy-winning Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), played with award-winning violinist Kristin Lee in the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio.

His melodies haunt you with their beauty, and his harmonies and delicate passagework for the piano still astonish us with their freshness. Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) wrote almost exclusively for the piano—preludes and ballades and mazurkas and nocturnes and concertos; Chopin is the pianist’s composer. He is so universally loved that you voted him our No. 6 most essential composer.

Please join me for Classical Coffeehouse on Saturday from 6 am to 12 noon for a specially crafted, delicious musical blend— just for Christmas! You’ll hear beautiful holiday classics by Schubert, J.S. Bach, and Corelli, and traditional carols sung by Pavarotti, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and more.

Join us on Sunday, November 19th from 5 to 6 pm for our monthly broadcast of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. This month you'll hear two centuries of works, ranging from Haydn to Malcolm Arnold.

Today Is Opera Day on WRTI 90.1

Nov 8, 2017

You're invited to a spectacular 12-hour celebration of opera, from 6 am to 6 pm, hosted by WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder, Gregg Whiteside, Jack Moore, and Susan Lewis. Contribute now or call 1-866-809-9784 to help make Opera Day a big success!

What a treat we had on November 2nd when pianist Charlie Albright stopped by to perform LIVE on WRTI 90.1 a little after 3 pm. WRTI Classical Host Jack Moore asked Charlie a few questions about his All-Beethoven concerts coming up with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on Sunday, November 5th at 2:30 pm, and Monday, November 7th at 7:30 pm at the Kimmel Center.

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