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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WRTI Arts Desk
2:17 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Jennifer Higdon's Upbeat and Celebratory Viola Concerto

Composer Jennifer Higdon

Pulitzer- and Grammy-award winning composer Jennifer Higdon has written for many different instruments, and now has a new concerto for viola. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, with each composition, she explores new musical territory.

Susan Lewis: Jennifer Higdon wrote her Violin Concerto for Hillary Hahn, and a Blue Grass concerto for the musicians of Time for Three – one right after the other. Just one example of how varied her work is.

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WRTI Arts Desk
12:09 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Graduation and Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance"- What's the Connection?

Although you may not realize that it was first composed as a military march, you’ll instantly recognize one of Sir Edward Elgar’s most popular works, "Pomp and Circumstance, March No. 1 in D," - especially the nearly two-minute middle section so commonly associated with graduation.  

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
6:16 am
Fri May 8, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Benjamin Beilman, Higdon & Debussy, May 10, 1 PM

Violinist Benjamin Beilman

Join us this Sunday, May 10th, for WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast, which pairs the music of Philadelphia’s own Jennifer Higdon, one of today’s leading composers, with one of her personal favorites: Claude Debussy.

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Wanamaker Organ Hour
12:49 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

An All-New Wanamaker Organ Hour on WRTI: Peter Richard Conte Showcases Two New CDs, May 10, 5 PM

Join us for an all-new Wanamaker Organ Hour show with Peter Richard Conte and Jill Pasternak surveying two new CDs recorded with the Wanamaker Organ as part of two duets - of sorts.

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The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI
4:27 am
Thu May 7, 2015

James Levine Leads a Rare Met Opera Revival of Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS: May 9, 1 PM on WRTI

Paul Appleby as Tom Rakewell and Layla Claire as Anne Trulove in Stravinksky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS.
Marty Sohl

The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season concludes with a broadcast of a 20th-century masterpiece, Igor Stravinsky’s only full-length opera, The Rake’s Progress.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Recordings from 6 AM - 6 PM
4:25 am
Thu May 7, 2015

It's Philadelphia Orchestra Day on WRTI!

The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2013 Deutsche Grammophon recording with the ensemble's eighth music director, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conducting.

You're in for a big treat today! We're designating a whole day of programming to our own Philadelphians - from 6 am to 6 pm. Throughout the day during classical hours, you'll hear Philadelphia Orchestra recordings under Music Directors Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph Eschenbach, and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. 

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WRTI Arts Desk
12:24 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

2015 GRAMMY Winner Jason Vieaux: Collaborating with Other Instrumentalists to Create Something New

Jason Vieaux at WRTI, April, 2015

He won the 2015 GRAMMY for "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" for his album, Play, and he collaborates with musicians in a wide variety of styles. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on classical guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux.

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Susan Lewis: Jason Vieaux’s Grammy-winning album, Play, showcases his solo work with music from Europe, Africa, Cuba, South America and Mexico – as well as his own arrangement of a Duke Ellington tune.

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WRTI Arts Desk
12:24 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Your Brain On Music: The Science Behind The Pleasure

It’s no secret that a favorite piece of music can evoke profound pleasure and emotion. We've all experienced the “chills” response. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston hears from a neuroscientist about the visceral and culturally conditioned effect of music on the brain.

For over three decades, Dr. Robert Zatorre of the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University has researched and broken down the complex set of interactions that occur when we experience sounds strung together to produce a full range of emotions - from the sublime to the soulfully sad.

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WRTI Arts Desk
12:21 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

No Conductor, No Management, No Problem

The Prometheus Chamber Orchestra performs without a conductor.

Does Philadelphia need another orchestra? Well, it now has the 18-member Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, born out of sheer determination by recent Temple University graduates and finishing up its second season with a go-where-it's-needed philosophy. As the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports, that includes periodic visits to a North Philadelphia soup kitchen.

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:07 am
Mon May 4, 2015

The Rising Star of Violinist Benjamin Beilman

Violinist Benjamin Beilman

American violinist Benjamin Beilman is making his mark in recitals and as soloist in orchestral programs, both at home and abroad. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the 25-year-old Curtis graduate enthusiastically embraces a wide range of music. Beilman performs Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto with The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI, Sunday, May 10 at 1 pm.

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