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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WRTI Arts Desk
11:50 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Pop Culture's Influence on Composer Michael Daugherty

Composer Michael Daugherty

Classical composer Michael Daugherty writes music about ideas, people, and places from popular culture. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, his works invite listeners to engage with the music through their own experiences.

Radio script:

MUSIC: Metropolis

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WRTI Arts Desk
7:50 am
Mon May 25, 2015

A Tuba Concerto About The Mississippi River? Michael Daugherty's Composition Defies Expectations

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch, conductor Giandrea Noseda, and composer Michael Daugherty at a March, 2015 rehearsal with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

There are very few tuba concertos in the classical repertoire - Ralph Vaughn Williams' 1954 work is among a handful. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a new addition explores the largely untapped lyricism of the instrument.   

Carol Jantsch and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform Michael Daugherty's Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra, Reflections on the Mississippi, on Sunday May 31st, on WRTI.

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:07 am
Mon May 25, 2015

The Arden Theatre Company Gets Passionate with Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for PASSION.

The Arden Theatre has staged 14 productions of Stephen Sondheim shows since 1993. But opening this month is a first: Passion, a simple love story between people who are anything but simple. Artistic director Terry Nolen tells the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns why he waited until he was good and ready.

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Tribute Concert to Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
10:06 am
Sun May 24, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Macelaru Conducts Beethoven and Falla, May 24, 1 PM

Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in this concert broadcast.

One of the highlights of the 2014-15 Philadelphia Orchestra concert season was the pairing of works by Beethoven and Manuel de Falla, originally scheduled for the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, to whom the concert was dedicated.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:08 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Stephen Hough Puts His Experience Of A Miracle Into His Music

Pianist and composer Stephen Hough.
Andrew Crowley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:49 pm

You wouldn't normally expect one of the great composers of the last few centuries to be meek, but how's this for humility?

"Bach and Beethoven erected temples and churches on the heights. I only wanted to build dwellings for men in which they might feel happy, and at home."

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:03 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Jason Vieaux And Yolanda Kondonassis: Tiny Desk Concert

Meredith Rizzo NPR

We rarely invite Tiny Desk alumni back to the confines of Bob Boilen's work space, but we couldn't resist this time. Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux have both given solo Tiny Desk performances. Since then they've paired up for concerts and a new album of works composed especially for their combination of instruments.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:03 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Mathias Eick's 'Midwest': A Musical Landscape

On Mathias Eick's new album, Midwest, he composes musical impressions of the Midwestern landscape.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:07 pm

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The Crossing on WRTI
3:24 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

The Crossing Chamber Choir in Concert on WRTI: The Sounds of Light, May 24 at 4 PM

The Crossing at Longwood Gardens, April, 2015

Join us on Sunday, May 24th for a concert broadcast of The Crossing chamber choir, recorded live at Longwood Gardens this past April, amidst the full spring bloom at the renowned botanical gardens.

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WRTI Spotlight
3:31 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Military Band Music on Memorial Day! May 25, 6 AM to 6 PM

The U.S. Navy Band marching on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The military band tradition in the U.S. dates back to the 18th century. The number of bands, type of instruments, styles of music, and audiences reached have grown immensely since those early drum-and-bugle days.

This Memorial Day, from 6 am to 6 pm, WRTI presents the music of today's military bands, including the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. These bands each have a wide variety of configurations that provide the country with music ranging from classical to jazz to country. And let's not forget marches!

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Opera on WRTI
12:28 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Renee Fleming Stars in R. Strauss' CAPRICCIO, May 23, 1 PM

Soprano Renee Fleming sings the Countess in Richard Strauss' CAPRICCIO.

The beautiful Countess has a difficult choice to make - will it be the amorous poet or the ardent musician whom she ultimately decides to love? She's one of the most glamorous and gifted singers of all time, he's one of the world's finest conductors — and both of them are supreme interpreters of Strauss. Renée Fleming and Sir Andrew Davis make magic in Richard Strauss' CAPRICCIO, Saturday, May 23, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.

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