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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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Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on WRTI
8:50 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Happy 50th Birthday to the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia! May 17 at 5 pm on WRTI

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Music Director Dirk Brosse

After five decades and more than 300 concerts, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia finished its 50th anniversary season with a special commemorative performance in Verizon Hall in early May. Maestro Dirk Brossé conducted a spirited program, which you can hear this Sunday, May 17, 5 to 6 pm on WRTI.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:49 am
Sun May 17, 2015

After Thaw, Minnesota Orchestra Returns To Cuba

The Minnesota Orchestra under the direction of conductor Osmo Vanska (center) performs during a concert at the Cuban National Theater in Havana on Friday.
Yamil Lage AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 10:44 am

The Minnesota Orchestra plays Havana this weekend. It's the first professional U.S. orchestra to perform in Cuba since the United States and the island nation began the process of normalization last December. For the musicians, this trip is about healing — both diplomatically and for themselves.

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Opera on WRTI
7:13 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Mozart's DON GIOVANNI Kicks Off 2015 Broadcast Season, May 16, 1 PM

Andriana Chuchman sings Zerlina and Mariusz Kwiecien sings the title role in Mozart's DON GIOVANNI.

He's selfish. He's arrogant. He’s dangerous. With a list of conquests as long as the phonebook, Don Giovanni travels the world, snaring princesses and peasant girls alike. Thousands succumb, leaving a path of dishonor and broken lives. When the Don forces himself on the virtuous Donna Anna, her father intervenes and loses his life. Has the Don finally gone too far?

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Special Offers
12:27 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Special Offer: Save 50% on Philadelphia Youth Orchestra 75th Anniversary Festival Concerts

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra at Verizon Hall

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Music Director Louis Scaglione invite you to join the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra on Sunday, May 17th at 3 pm for its Annual Festival Concert in Perleman Theater at the Kimmel Center. Conductor Rosalind Erwin leads the orchestra and features Weber’s Overture to Oberon, Holst’s Ballet Music to The Perfect Fool, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capricio Espagnol.

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WRTI Arts Desk
11:41 am
Thu May 14, 2015

'Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD' Is Not Your Father’s Opera

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee (at left) sings the role of Charlie Parker in Opera Philadelphia's CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD, June 5 to 14 at the Perelman Theater.

A new opera tells the compelling story of an American jazz icon in a way that broadens and diversifies opera’s audience. Opera Philadelphia is in the midst of preparing for the world premiere of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD.  The role of Parker was composed by Daniel Schnyder with tenor Lawrence Brownlee in mind.

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WRTI Arts Desk
11:18 am
Thu May 14, 2015

An Interview With MAD MEN Composer David Carbonara

Jon Hamm as Donald Draper

As the popular AMC series Mad Men comes to an end, listen back to a revealing and humorous interview with Mad Men Music Editor David Carbonara from March, 2012, as he shares the inside story on how he writes music for Mad Men, how creator Matthew Weiner chooses the '60s songs, and how it's all mixed together to make a hit TV series. And how did he get this gig, anyway?

David, a former trombonist, spices the show with jazz-tinged music that lends flavor as much as the crisp dialogue and mod decor.

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WRTI Arts Desk
2:17 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Jennifer Higdon's Upbeat and Celebratory Viola Concerto

Composer Jennifer Higdon

Pulitzer- and Grammy-award winning composer Jennifer Higdon has written for many different instruments, and now has a new concerto for viola. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, with each composition, she explores new musical territory.

Susan Lewis: Jennifer Higdon wrote her Violin Concerto for Hillary Hahn, and a Blue Grass concerto for the musicians of Time for Three – one right after the other. Just one example of how varied her work is.

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WRTI Arts Desk
12:09 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Graduation and Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance"- What's the Connection?

Although you may not realize that it was first composed as a military march, you’ll instantly recognize one of Sir Edward Elgar’s most popular works, "Pomp and Circumstance, March No. 1 in D," - especially the nearly two-minute middle section so commonly associated with graduation.  

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
6:16 am
Fri May 8, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Benjamin Beilman, Higdon & Debussy, May 10, 1 PM

Violinist Benjamin Beilman

Join us this Sunday, May 10th, for WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast, which pairs the music of Philadelphia’s own Jennifer Higdon, one of today’s leading composers, with one of her personal favorites: Claude Debussy.

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Wanamaker Organ Hour
12:49 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

An All-New Wanamaker Organ Hour on WRTI: Peter Richard Conte Showcases Two New CDs, May 10, 5 PM

Join us for an all-new Wanamaker Organ Hour show with Peter Richard Conte and Jill Pasternak surveying two new CDs recorded with the Wanamaker Organ as part of two duets - of sorts.

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