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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WRTI Arts Desk
2:27 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Music is Ringing Out This Summer!

Carillon concerts are scheduled throughout our region over the summer. Look at the bottom of the post for concert listings!

One of the largest musical instruments is also among the most public. WRTI’s Susan Lewis considers carillons and their bells, which are ringing out in summer concert series all over the greater Philadelphia region.   

Radio Script:

Susan Lewis: A carillon is a set of large cast bronze bells suspended on a frame, usually at the top of a tall partially enclosed tower. 

Janet Tebbel: I love being up here because of all these big bells.

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:55 am
Mon June 8, 2015

After 'The Rite of Spring,' Classical Music Was Never the Same

Debussy, Stravinsky, 1910
Erik Satie

In June of 1912, Igor Stravinsky premiered the piano version of his daring new work The Rite of Spring, a year before its orchestral unveiling. His piano-playing partner was none other than Claude Debussy. Classical music has never been the same since the public first heard it.
 

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:14 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Amid Violence In Baghdad, A Musician Creates A One-Man Vigil

Karim Wasfi, conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, at his home in Baghdad, has been playing his cello at the sites of explosive attacks in Baghdad.
Ahmed Qusay for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 11:29 am

The roar of a car bomb has been the prelude to Karim Wasfi's performances of late.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:26 am
Sat June 6, 2015

In 'Candide,' Bernstein Fuses Philosophy And Comedy

From a 2012 New York Philharmonic production of Candide, Marin Alsop conducts a cast that includes (from right) Kristin Chenoweth, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Paul Groves and Janine LaManna.
Randy Brooke WireImage

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 2:37 pm

Leonard Bernstein often said: "Every author spends his entire life writing the same book." The same could apply to composers.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
11:45 am
Fri June 5, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Mozart and Beethoven on Sunday, June 7th at 1 PM

Paul Goodwin conducts this week's concert broadcast.

By the time our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast airs on Sunday, June 7th, the Orchestra will have just completed its European tour with a concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London. WRTI will, however, continue to air Philadelphia Orchestra broadcasts of this season’s concerts through early July.

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Opera on WRTI
8:52 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: The Iconic American Musical CAROUSEL, Saturday, June 13, 1 PM

Laura Osens sings Jule Jordan and Steven Pasquale sings Bille Bigelow in Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL.
Todd Rosenberg

Get ready to hear some of the most beloved songs in musical theater - presented by one of the most beloved opera companies in America - "June is Bustin' Out All Over," "If I Loved You," You'll Never Walk Alone," and more! Saturday, June 13, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.

Swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. But all too soon, they fall on hard times and unbearable loss. Yet the power of love perseveres, as do the tuneful hits in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel!

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Station Announcements
3:44 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Metropolitan Opera Radio Host Margaret Juntwait Dies at 58

Margaret Juntwait at work
The Metropolitan Opera

We're very sad to report that longtime Metropolitan Opera Radio Host Margaret Juntwait died this morning, June 3rd. Below is a statement just released by the Met Opera:

The Metropolitan Opera mourns the death of our radio host Margaret Juntwait, who passed away this morning after a long battle with ovarian cancer. For millions of listeners around the world, Margaret was the voice of the Met for the past decade.

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Wanamaker Organ Day 2015
3:27 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Crossover LIVE at Wanamaker Organ Day: Saturday, June 6 at 11:30 AM

Wanamaker Organ Day is Saturday June 28th

Jill Pasternak and Peter Richard Conte broadcast Crossover live from the 20th annual Wanamaker Organ Day at Macy's in Center City, Philadelphia on June 6th. You're invited to join Jill and Peter, and organists Peter Krasinski, Rudolph Lucente, and Fred Haas.

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CD Selections
2:02 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Spring Into Five New Classical CDs!

WRTI's Mark Pinto, host of the Classical New Releases show, fills you in on the latest and the greatest classical music CDs every Saturday at 5 pm. Here are five newly released recordings he recommends:

Sokolov: The Salzburg Recital. Though celebrated for the breadth of his repertoire, epic interpretations, and boundless imagination, Russian-born pianist Grigory Sokolov has become something of a living legend and a well-kept secret in America. 

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WRTI Arts Desk
1:19 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Don't Hit the Snooze Alarm...March to the Sousalarm!

Bridget and Emma, from Monmouth Junction, NJ, are two very proud and excited members of the Sousalarm Club.

A good march can really get the blood pumping, and what better time for that than 7:15 am?  Now, WRTI intern Shoshana Slavitt takes a look at the 26-year history of the Sousalarm.

If you're an early bird and a lover of marching bands, then you should tune in to the radio station WRTI for the 7:15 am Sousalarm.  What is the Sousalarm?  The Sousalarm is the march, usually composed by John Philip Sousa, that helps listeners wake up in the morning on weekdays.

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