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.

According to Middle Eastern legend, Scheherazade saved her own life by telling her husband, the Sultan,  folk tales for A Thousand and One Nights. Those stories-within a-story inspired 19th-century composer Rimsky-Korsakov to create an orchestral suite that remains one of his most popular works today. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

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Hailed as “radiant” by The New York Times and “ethereal" by Newsweek Polska, the award-winning early music ensemble Peregrina, from Basel, Switzerland, will perform on WRTI in advance of upcoming concerts with Piffaro, the Renaissance Band. 

April 30, 2018.  What a fascinating study of an instrument not frequently heard in a solo role:  the viola!  On Motherland, superstar violist David Aaron Carpenter shows us the range and depth of his instrument.

Renowned local composer Andrea Clearfield hosts a discussion of the music salon in 18th-century Germany, and Trio MiReSol—with pianist Debra Lew Harder—plays music of J.S. Bach and Fanny Mendelssohn on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7 pm at Ivy Hall.

The second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7—the Allegretto—has captivated listeners since the symphony’s 1813 premiere, when it was so popular that the orchestra used it as an encore. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on why this particular movement continues to engages us.


Hailed as “exciting and exacting” (L.A. Times), the genre-bending and stylish Ahn Trio plays contemporary music written for, or arranged, by them, and talk with Debra Lew Harder about their innovative collaborations with composers and dancers, including their Philadelphia appearance with the Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, A Quest for Freedom, for the NextMove Dance Series at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia, April 19-22. 

Live from the WRTI Performance Studio, it's members of the Marinus Ensemble, with a sneak preview of their upcoming concert. WRTI's Jack Moore is host. The Marinus Ensemble is a flexible chamber music group, and in this configuration is made up entirely of Curtis Institute of Music alumni. 

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