Classical Weekdays

Monday through Friday, 6 am to 6 pm

WRTI brings you the best recordings of works from the vast world of classical music every weekday from 6 am to 6 pm. Chamber music, symphonies, choral works, violin concertos, piano sonatas, and more...engagingly presented with insight and a smile by our knowledgeable hosts.

Playlists are below.

A love that knows no boundaries goes horribly wrong in a fateful meeting of East and West. What begins as an idyllic liaison in an enchanting land of cherry blossoms turns into the heartbreaking tragedy of an abandoned bride forced to make an excruciating decision. Giacomo Puccini's MADAME BUTTERFLY, Saturday, September 6th, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

Trouble Sleeping? A Composer Wants To Help

13 hours ago

British composer Max Richter spent about two years writing and recording a piece of music which, if it's successful, few people will hear in full. It's a composition called Sleep and it runs eight hours long — the perfect length for a good night's rest. The full version of the piece will be released as a digital album Friday.

The votes are in, and we've got this year's list! Join us, starting on Friday at noon, for our annual Labor Day Weekend Classical Countdown! It's your 30 favorite classical works on WRTI throughout the holiday weekend. Listen on Friday, September 4th from noon to 6 pm, Saturday, September 5th from 6 to 12:30 pm, and Monday, September 7th from 6 am to 6 pm.

The playlist for the 2015 Labor Day Weekend Classical Countdown will publish below in this post as each piece is broadcast. Have a wonderful holiday! And a big thanks to everyone who voted!

We have quite a re-broadcast in store for you on Sunday, September 6, at 1 pm! The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert will feature Week Two of the ensemble’s St. Petersburg Festival, from late January of this year. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.

Sim Canetty-Clarke

A contemporary concerto by English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage explores the vast range of musical ideas a piano can express. WRTI’s Susan Lewis spoke with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, the soloist who premiered it, and who performs it again on Sunday, September 6th at 1 pm on WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts. Also on the program is music by Rachmaninoff. 

A world-premiere recording of Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto released this year has won an international award. How can such a well-known piece be having a recording premiere? WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.


New Orleans can proudly be called the birthplace of jazz, but the city has also been a cradle for classical music. Opera was heard there as early as 1796. And just a few decades later, in 1829, the city produced America's first musical superstar — Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

Q & A with WRTI's Drivetime Diva: Jill Pasternak

Aug 31, 2015

[*This article originally appeared in the 2008 spring issue of TEMPO, WRTI's member magazine from 1997 to 2008.]

How long have you been at WRTI?
I started in September 1997 - so it’s been almost 10 years. My radio days began at WMHT in Schenectady, New York, and then I was at WFLN for 10 years and WQXR in New York City before moving over to WRTI. I’ve been on air for about 23 years.

Jill Pasternak's Path to WRTI

Aug 31, 2015

[*This article originally appeared in the 2000 spring issue of TEMPO, WRTI's member magazine from 1997 to 2008.]

Jill Pasternak is a celebrated Philadelphia radio personality whose work was recognized by Women in Communications when she won the Sarah Award in Radio Broadcasting in 1999. She is a denizen of the town that has truly loved her back, but when she arrived here 15 years ago, it was with apprehension. She says, "I thought that when I came to Philadelphia my life was over."

We have some bittersweet news here at WRTI. After more than 30 years on the radio, our longtime afternoon classical host Jill Pasternak has decided to retire as of September 1st to spend more time with her children and grandchildren.

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