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.

J. Ho / Visit Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs for Pope Francis this weekend on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway: at a concert on Saturday, and during a celebration of Mass on Sunday afternoon. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the Orchestra’s role in the World Meeting of Families. 

One of the truly great pianists on the scene for decades now is Emanuel Ax. Known for his interpretations of the classical concerto repertoire with orchestras around the world, he is also a soloist and collaborator of wide range. From Beethoven to Hans Werner Henze to contemporary music, and even to Chopin on period keyboards, Emanuel Ax is always inquisitive.

Pope Francis will spend roughly 36 hours in Philadelphia, the most public stop on his trip in the United States. He arrives Saturday morning, September 26th, and leaves Sunday evening, September 27th. The Pope's visit will culminate late Sunday afternoon with Mass in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A number of special choirs will be part of this immense religious event. David Kimock, music director at Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Newtown, PA, will lead the entire group and the Papal Choir.  

Today, a symphony orchestra is most often - but not always - led by a conductor.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, in some cases, the concertmaster may lead the group – but not from the conductor’s podium.

Corey Weaver

In the backwoods of Tennessee, a beautiful young woman is accused of indecent behavior after she is discovered bathing naked in a stream. Will the charismatic traveling preacher who sets his sights on her soul be her salvation, or her downfall?

Join us for two orchestral favorites with two conductors on this month's Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia broadcast. Music Director Dirk Brossé leads Tchaikovsky's beloved Serenade for Strings, and Thomas Hong, guest conductor, leads a performance of the spirited Divertimento in D, K. 136, written by a 16-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Over in London, the Independent's arts editor, David Lister, recently published a scathing commentary about the paucity of valuable or even interesting information in artist biographies. He wrote it in a fury after paying £4 to obtain the program for a Proms concert he attended, featuring the excellent German violinist Julia Fischer.

Benjamin Ealovega

Join us for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast from last February, that looks back to a time when concerto soloists and members of instrumental ensembles led their colleagues, while also performing themselves.

The Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are among the most sacred days of the year for Jews around the world. These are days of celebration, self-reflection, and repentance, and are filled with music that has special meaning.

The Grand Court Wanamaker symphonic organ pairs with a lesser-known member of the brass family to provide an engaging new take on old favorites of opera and classical repertoire. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the pioneering sound.