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.

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The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI
11:06 am
Sat January 24, 2015

The Met Opera on WRTI: Kristine Opolais Sings Mimi in Puccini's LA BOHEME, Jan. 24, 1 PM

Soprano Kristine Opolais sings Mimi in Puccini's LA BOHEME
Marco Borggreve

Franco Zeffirelli’s classic take on Puccini’s most popular opera, the immortal tale of tragic young love, is set among the rooftops of bohemian Paris. Soprano Kristine Opolais sings the role of the fragile Mimì, with Jean-François Borras as the love-sick poet Rodolfo. Riccardo Frizza conducts. Puccini's La Boheme, Saturday, January 24, 1 to 4 pm.

Do you know the astonishing story about how Kristine Opolais made history at The Met? Read about it here!

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Station Announcements
4:01 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

WRTI Warp Drive...Full Speed Ahead!

Can we quickly raise $325,000 to avoid the traditional-sounding Winter Drive, which is slated to begin on February 9th? Let's make it so!

WRTI is entering a new frontier in fund drives. Our mission: to eliminate the traditional Winter Drive as you know it, to boldly go where we’ve never gone before. Enter the WRTI Warp Drive.

What’s a Warp Drive? With your help, it’s faster than the speed of light! We quickly raise $325,000 — starting now — to avoid the traditional-sounding Winter Drive, which is slated to begin on February 9th.  

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:33 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Latin Symphony: How Classical Music Saved Dinorah Marquez's Life

Young members of the Latino Arts: Strings program.
Courtesy of the artist

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Symphony in C on WRTI
2:57 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Romantic Favorites and Charles Peck's Metropolitan: Symphony in C, Jan. 25 at 3 PM on WRTI

Composer Charles Peck's "Metropolitan" is featured in this broadcast.

Gems from the Romantic repertoire take center stage following a performance of the winning entry in the 2015 Young Composers Competition with music by Charles Peck. One of the first concerti of the Romantic age, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1, will feature pianist Roman Rabinovich. The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony in B minor, based on Lord Byron’s dramatic metaphysical poem.

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Creatively Speaking
6:30 am
Mon January 19, 2015

That Charming Violin Shop Off Rittenhouse Square

In a quaint, historic building on Philadelphia’s Locust Street, just a few doors down from the Curtis Institute of Music, David Michie restores and sells violins and bows, drawing virtuoso musicians from far and wide. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston paid a visit to this master craftsman.

Michie has much to say about the importance of a high-quality bow. "What the Italians were to string instruments, the French were to bows," he explains. In the 1800s, large blocks of wood from the pernambuco tree were used as ballast in ships making their way from Brazil to France.  And Francois Tourte, who developed the modern bow and is considered the “Stradavarius of bow makers,” took to the wood and started using it. Pernambuco is now an endangered species whose export is restricted. Although carbon fiber and other substitutes are now in the mix, Michie says nothing beats a bow made of pernambuco wood from Brazil.

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:41 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

What We Love And Hate About 'Mozart In The Jungle'

Gael García Bernal (right), Bernadette Peters and Malcolm McDowell star in the classical music comedy series Mozart in the Jungle.
Nicole Rivelli Amazon Studios

Pill popping, pot smoking, back-stabbing, bed hopping and tantrum throwing — now we're talking classical music! At least that's what the new Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle would have us believe is all in a day's work for orchestra musicians. The 10-part series is based on a tell-all book of the same name published a decade ago by oboist Blair Tindall.

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The Philadelphians on WRTI
10:48 am
Tue January 13, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: A Debut for Finnish Conductor Susanna Malkki

Conductor Susanna Malkki
Simon Fowler

On Sunday, January 18th at 1 pm, the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert brings us the music of Respighi, Stravinsky, and Brahms, conducted by the brilliant young Finnish Maestra, Susanna Malkki, who makes her Philadelphia Orchestra debut with this performance from last November, 2014 at Verizon Hall.

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Creatively Speaking
3:47 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

The Lunch That Launched Stravinsky's Famous Violin Concerto

Igor Stravinsky was reluctant to write a violin concerto...until a violinist changed his mind.

Twentieth-century composer Igor Stravinsky was at first reluctant to accept a commission for a violin concerto because he didn’t know the instrument well enough. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he changed his mind after consulting the intended violinist – who was game to try an unusual approach.  

On Sunday, January 18, 2015 on WRTI, Juliette Kang and The Philadelphia Orchestra play Stravinsky’s violin concerto in a program that also features music by Brahms and Respighi.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:35 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Swan Songs: Classical Musicians We Lost In 2014

Conductor Claudio Abbado was one of the many great classical musicians we bid farewell to in 2014.
Getty Images

Farewells are never easy, especially when you're saying goodbye to a favorite musician. From conductors and composers to pianists, singers and critics, the classical music world lost many masterful musicians in 2014.

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Creatively Speaking
2:24 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

A Pianist Who Goes Way Back with The Philadelphians

Guess who? It's Andre Watts, age 10, at his student concert debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1957.
Adrian Siegel Collection The Philadelphia Orchestra Archives

Born in Germany in 1946, Andre Watts moved to Philadelphia with his Hungarian mother and American father when he was 8 years old. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, after decades of performing, the celebrated pianist still finds new inspiration and challenges in the music. 

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