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.

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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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Classical CD Selections
6:19 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Monteverdi's Pioneering 'Vespers'

Monteverdi's Poppea.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 4:32 pm

The Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi was arguably the most important musician of the first half of the 17th century. He absorbed the musical style of the late Renaissance and, in his early works, helped bring it to its highest expression. He also pioneered new compositional techniques in his madrigals and other vocal works, effectively laying the foundation for many of the stylistic conventions of the Baroque.

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Thank-You Gifts for Fall Member Drive
10:50 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Cookin' With WRTI: The New Apron!

WRTI Operating Director Tobias Poole is stylin' in his "I'm Cookin' with WRTI" apron.

Turn on the music and strut your stuff in the kitchen or at the BBQ, clad in your stylish WRTI apron. It's in a rich burgundy color and has handy ties that adjust to fit cooks of any height.

Pledge $120 and we'll thank you with this prized logo item. Contribute here or call 1-866-809-9784.

Bon appetit!

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Thank-You Gifts for Fall Member Drive
10:36 am
Tue September 9, 2014

The Ultra-Warm, WRTI Navy-Blue Hooded Sweatshirt

Time to think about bundling up! Pledge $150 during the Fall Member Drive and we'll thank you with this cozy, navy-blue hooded sweatshirt with the WRTI logo in white on the front.

It's available in men's and women's sizes: S, M, LG, and XL. Contribute Here or call 1-866-809-9784.

Thank-You Gifts for Fall Member Drive
5:48 am
Tue September 9, 2014

WRTI Word-Search Mugs!

Pledge $120 and we'll thank you with the WRTI Jazz Word-Search Mug.

And now for something really fun...a definite collector's item - it's our new ceramic mug with the names of classical and jazz composers that you can find in a word-search maze right on your classical or jazz mug. Each mug comes with a dry-erase marker.

Pledge $120 during the Fall Member Drive and we'll be happy to thank you with one of these amazing mugs.

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