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 start off your weekend by listening to 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.

Ways to Connect

June 19, 2018. What a fascinating collection!  Young violinist Samuel Nebyu, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music & Dance, has come out with a debut album that bears repeated listening. Samuel Nebyu, violin – Music by Composers of African Descent is a treasury of compositions, and a celebration of his Ethiopian-Hungarian heritage.

Many WRTI listeners tell us that their fathers introduced them to the joys of music. My own dad, a terrific amateur tenor, did the same for me. He played opera full blast on our home stereo speakers at 6 am to wake us kids, and listened to me practice the piano when I was little.

June 4, 2018. Here’s an unusual pairing: Piano works by Philip Glass and J.S. Bach, played by pianist Simone Dinnerstein, with performances by the Boston-based string orchestra, A Far Cry.  Dinnerstein’s new release Circles is a circuit of virtuosity.

5-21-18.  In Wagner: Orchestral Music from Der Ring des Nibelungen, JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic perform highlights from Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle. Beginning with the first of four music dramas, Das Rheingold, and proceeding through Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung, it’s a thrilling  journey and a chance to be swept up in the magic of Wagner’s orchestral color.

Andrew Bogard

 


When Carol Jantsch was still an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, she made musical history by winning the principal tuba position of The Philadelphia Orchestra. 

Renowned local composer Andrea Clearfield hosts a discussion of the music salon in 18th-century Germany, and Trio MiReSol—with pianist Debra Lew Harder—plays music of J.S. Bach and Fanny Mendelssohn on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7 pm at Ivy Hall.


Hailed as “exciting and exacting” (L.A. Times), the genre-bending and stylish Ahn Trio plays contemporary music written for, or arranged, by them, and talk with Debra Lew Harder about their innovative collaborations with composers and dancers, including their Philadelphia appearance with the Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, A Quest for Freedom, for the NextMove Dance Series at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia, April 19-22. 

April 9, 2018. A new release featuring pianist Murray Perahia connects the consummate artist to two Beethoven sonatas that have yet to be included in his studio repertoire.

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