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.

Listen to our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast at 7 pm on the Classical Stream at WRTI.org on Christmas Day! It's the Orchestra’s annual Glorious Sound of Christmas concert, a tradition since the Philadelphians recorded its best-selling Glorious Sound of Christmas album in 1962.


Looking for the perfect soundtrack for the holidays? Tired of the same old music? We've got a fix for that. We asked WRTI’s hosts and arts reporters to tell us their go-to holiday favorites. Here are their answers, and the memories, feelings, or just beautiful sounds that inspired them.

J.S. Bach’s unconventional Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachts-Oratorium), composed in 1733 and 1734, is less known than his other major works, and it showcases the composer's innovation and resourcefulness. WRTI's Susan Lewis reports.

Please join me for Classical Coffeehouse on Saturday from 6 am to 12 noon for a specially crafted, delicious musical blend— just for Christmas! You’ll hear beautiful holiday classics by Schubert, J.S. Bach, and Corelli, and traditional carols sung by Pavarotti, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and more.

Handel’s Messiah, originally composed for performance during the springtime Christian observance of Lent, has become a contemporary staple of Christmas celebrations in modern America. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on this 18th-century oratorio.

Today, The Nutcracker ballet is as much a Christmas tradition as eggnog, jingle bells, and mistletoe. But centuries ago – long before a nutcracker appeared on stage – miners in the rural Ore Mountain region of Germany began carving the ubiquitous household statuettes. The whimsical, dual-purpose figurines were toys that inspired children's play, and tools that cracked nuts for all.

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.

Philadelphia’s role in the formation of our government is characteristic of a time when the city and its leading residents were forging firsts of all kinds.  As Handel’s Messiah is performed this holiday season, you might wonder when and where those first citizens might have heard the great Baroque work.

And now for some extra special holiday cheer on WRTI 90.1!  Listen to this live broadcast recorded on December 12thWRTI Classical Host Gregg Whiteside introduces The Wissahickon High School Camerata Choir in their radio debut. The 35-member ensemble sings a festive program of holiday music and other lovely songs, under the direction of John Conahan, who also happens to be a composer of choral music!

Celebrate the Jewish festival of lights with WRTI!

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