Classical Weekdays

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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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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:01 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

After 42 Years, Juilliard String Quartet Cellist To Step Down

After 42 years, cellist Joel Krosnick (foreground, left) is bidding farewell to the Juilliard String Quartet.
Sony Classical Simon Powis

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 10:00 am

The Juilliard String Quartet was established in 1946 as an all-purpose quartet that would embrace music from every era. Its founders' intent was to "play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new."

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WRTI Arts Desk
1:27 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

The Evolution of the Violin's Sound And Design

Theories abound about why the violins created in Cremona, Italy from the mid 1500s to the mid 1700s serve as the benchmark among masterpieces. Intriguing research by acoustics experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology might provide a clue. 

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WRTI Arts Desk
12:35 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

A Salute to United States Military Bands

Established by an Act of Congress in 1798, the United States Marine Band - "The President's Own" - is America’s oldest professional musical organization.
Sgt. Clinton Firstbrook

They perform at presidential inaugurations, state funerals, public concerts, all sorts of official functions, and, of course, in parades. They are the bands of the United States military. Each of the branches is served by a number of these ensembles, and the so-called premier bands take only first-tier musicians from conservatories and schools of music around the country.

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WRTI Arts Desk
9:26 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Excitement Prevails Ahead Of Philadelphia Orchestra's European Tour

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili joins the Philadelphians on their European tour, starting in Luxembourg City on May 21, 2015, with additional performances in Cologne, Dresden, Berlin, Dortmund, Lyon, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, and London.

This spring's Philadelphia Orchestra tour destination isn't Beijing, but Berlin and nine other musical capitals of Europe. Between May 21st and June 6th, audiences will hear the level of music making that local listeners have known for three years under Yannick Nezet-Seguin. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports what is in store.

David Patrick Stearns: The biggest danger of the 2015 Philadelphia Orchestra tour of Europe is that the rest of the orchestra's year might seem like a letdown – to judge from Yannick Nezet-Seguin's state of elation.

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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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