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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Creatively Speaking
6:30 am
Mon September 22, 2014

The Ney: An Ancient Flute Celebrated in a Modern Work

The flute is one of the oldest musical instruments, with its earliest versions found thousands of years ago in different cultures. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a recently composed flute concerto celebrates one of its ancient bamboo ancestors.

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, on WRTI, Jeffrey Khaner and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform Behzad Ranjbaran’s Flute Concerto.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:02 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

A Pianist Hears Chopin From Inside His Instrument

Chad Lawson's new album is The Chopin Variations.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 11:23 am

Even if you're not a fan of classical music, you have heard of Frédéric Chopin: His music has appeared in countless movies, TV shows and commercials, even video games. But it's almost certain you haven't heard the Polish composer performed the way Chad Lawson plays him.

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Cristian Macelaru Conducts The Philadelphians
7:16 am
Sun September 21, 2014

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: A Dazzling Performance by Cellist Hai-Ye Ni, Sept. 21, 1 PM

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Cellist Hai-Ye Ni

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Tchaikovsky celebration from last January continues on WRTI this Sunday at 1 pm with Associate Conductor Cristian Macelaru joined by Principal Cellist Hai-Ye

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Now Is the Time
11:56 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Dancing Loops

Two versions of the same piece encircle Now Is the Time, Saturday, September 20th at 9 pm at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. Mathew Rosenblum wrote Möbius Loop for saxophone quartet and for saxophone quartet with orchestra—we'll hear both versions, one at the beginning of the show, and one at the end. The Raschèr Saxophone Quartet leads the way, with Gil Rose's Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

Electro-acoustical music of Rand Steiger is 13 Loops, with digital processing of some of the sounds accompanying the performers as they play. Paring all the way down to a single flute, however, is Whirlwinds Dancing by R. Carlos Nakai. Lisamarie McGrath solos on the Native American flute; the characteristic chiff at the beginning of the notes charm us into a circling reverie.

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An-All English Program
2:27 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra on WRTI: The Planets, Sept. 21, 3 PM

Members of the Philadephia Youth Orchestra at the Kimmel Center

Join us to hear the final concert of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's 2013-14 season. Music Director Louis Scaglione conducts an all-English program that includes works by Britten, Elgar, and Holst.

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Opera on WRTI
11:40 am
Thu September 18, 2014

San Francisco Opera on WRTI: Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 1 PM

Baritone Alessandro Corbelli sings Bartolo, and baritone Lucas Meachem sings Figaro.

With the help of a wily barber, a strong-willed young woman outwits a lecherous old man in this eternally fresh comic masterpiece featuring Gioachino Rossini’s witty and charming score. Giuseppe Finzi conducts. Saturday, September 20, 1 to 4:15 pm.

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An Orchestral Star
11:05 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Harpist Elizabeth Hainen on WRTI's Philadelphia Music Makers: Sept. 21 at 5 PM

WRTI presents the debut episode of Philadelphia Music Makers on Sunday, September 21 from 5 to 6 pm. Elizabeth Hainen, principal harp of The Philadelphia Orchestra, launches the series.

Most of the music for Philadelphia Music Makers was recorded at WRTI's state-of–the art studios or in the German Society of Pennsylvania in Center City Philadelphia, with its lively acoustics and beautiful Bösendorfer grand piano.

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Creatively Speaking
3:29 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

This Is Not Your Parents' Opera

The Philadelphia Opera Collective presents By You that Made Me Frankenstein at The Franklin Inn Club from September 12th through the 21st.

A group of young musical and theater artists are making the case that a great opera experience doesn’t depend on staging in a grand hall, with elaborate sets and costumes. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports,  Philadelphia Opera Collaborative is reaching out to new audiences presenting operas in small spaces, exclusively in English, showcasing how powerful, intimate, and accessible the art form can be.

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Station Announcements
1:00 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Special Offer: Lancaster Symphony Orchestra at the Historic Fulton Opera House

Purchase four tickets for Romance with a Twist and/or Wizards, Wands, & Tintinnabulation, and receive two vouchers to one of The Trust 2014-2015 events.

The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra's new season - Energy, Exuberance & Excellence! - kicks off with two dynamic fall concert themes at the Historic Fulton Opera House. And there's a special offer just for WRTI listeners!

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Gianandrea Noseda Conducts The Philadelphians
8:59 am
Sun September 14, 2014

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony, Sept. 14th at 1 PM

Canadian violinist James Ehnes is a Grammy winner and a Juilliard graduate. He plays the "Marsick" Stradivarius of 1715.

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast this Sunday at 1 pm opens with a collection of “Symphonic Fragments” from Alfredo Casella’s rarely performed opera La Donna Serpente (The Snake-Woman), based on an 18th-century fable-play by Carlo Gozzi, and is followed by one of Sergei Prok

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