Classical Through the Night on HD-2

Monday though Saturday, 10 pm to 6 am; Sunday, 11 pm to 6 am on HD-2 and the Classical Stream
  • Hosted by Peter Van de Graaf, heard on HD-2 and the classical stream

Host Peter Van de Graaff draws music selections from all eras, but focuses on works from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. While focusing on the standards of the repertoire, the show goes beyond that and draws from the rich and varied music that comprises all of what we call "classical music," shared in an interesting manner. 


February 26, 2017

12:05 AM
Orpheus in the Underworld’
Artist : Cincinnati Pops Orch/Erich Kunzel
Album : William Tell And Other Favorite Overtures
Composer : Offenbach
Label : Telarc
4:05 AM
Overture, ’The Fair Melusina,’ Op 32
Artist : Bern Sym Orch/Peter Maag
Album : Symphony No. 4 'Italian', Three Overtures: Hebrides, Son and Stranger, The Fair Melusina
Composer : Mendelssohn
Label : MCA Classics
4:23 AM
Concierto Espagnol, Op A-7
Artist : Mark Kaplan, v, Barcelona Sym Orch/Lawrence Foster
Album : Lalo: Symphony Espagnole/ Manen: Concierto Espagnol
Composer : Manen, Joan
Label : Koch
5:00 AM
Piano Sonatina (1948)
Artist : Ronald Brautigam, p
Album : Ronald Brautigam
Composer : van Baaren, Kees
Label : NM Classics
5:26 AM
Song, Le diable dans la nuit (1935)
Artist : Jannie Pranger, s, Tomoko Mukaiyama, p
Album : Melodies Francaises
Composer : Bosmans
Label : NM Classics
5:54 AM
Eight Pieces, Op 15
Artist : David Kuyken, p
Album : David Kuyken Plays Dirk Schafer, Alphons Diepenbrock And Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer
Composer : Sch¿fer
Label : NM Classics

A Sweet Valentine's Day on WRTI

Feb 12, 2017

Grab your sweetheart! Love is in the air, and on the air. You're in store for a very romantic Valentine's Day on WRTI. Tune in, listen online, or on our moblie App for classical music and jazz that will warm your heart and create the perfect mood for love!

Four notes (the first three of which are the same) say “classical music” to more people around the world than any other bit of music anyone else has ever written. When Ludwig van Beethoven finally chose those notes, he not only figured out the beginning of his Fifth Symphony and branded classical music forever, he also staked a claim—with an audacity and a power unlike anyone else before or since—to be recognized as “the” composer of classical music.

After being featured on NPR's All Things Considered, Chad Lawson's CD, The Chopin Variations, shot to No. 1 on iTunes Classical before it was even released in September, 2014. Lawson's interpretation of Chopin's nocturnes, preludes, and waltzes involves a surprising reconfiguration of the piano, and offers a sense of intimacy with the music that is likely new to most listeners.

Credit: Carliss Million

We have important and exciting news to share with you about the future of WRTI. Bill Johnson, WRTI station manager for the past 16 years, has been promoted to general manager of WRTI, responsible for the administration and supervision of all activities at the station.

Credit: Dirty Sugar Photography

Benj Pasek (an Ardmore native) and Justin Paul—best friends from their days at the University of Michigan—just won a 2017 Golden Globe Award for writing the lyrics to the song "City of Stars" from the hit film La La Land.

Celebrate the Jewish festival of lights with WRTI on Monday, December 26th from 7 to 10 pm on our HD-2 channel and the all-classical stream at Listen on the new WRTI App—Download it here!

For Christmas Day at 1 pm, what a treat! It's Handel's Baroque masterpiece, Messiah. Cristian Măcelaru, conductor-in-residence of The Philadelphia Orchestra, directs the 2013 performance, with the Philadelphians joined by four distinguished soloists, and the Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Listen on WRTI's new App!

Dashing through the snow, to your radio you shall go! WRTI brings you the holidays in all their sonic glory. Here are highlights from our classical schedule through January 5th, 2017. Here's to a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and a healthy, happy, peaceful 2017. Season's greetings from all of your friends at WRTI!

The legendary Broadway musical writing team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II produced their final show together, The Sound of Music, nine months before Hammerstein passed away of cancer. Yet throughout all the songs of the show, there’s a great sense of hope and optimism. “My Favorite Things,” with its holiday imagery, and its reminder to remember one’s favorite things when times are sad, has been adopted and adapted by jazz artists and pop artists to this day.

Each night as Jews around the world observe Hanukkah—the eight-day Festival of Lights—an age-old song, Maoz Tsur ("Rock of Ages"), is sung after the lighting of the candles on the menorah.  Rabbi David Gerber of Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen, PA gives Meridee Duddleston some insight into the history and meaning of the hymn.