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.

And now for some extra special holiday cheer on WRTI 90.1!  Listen to this live broadcast recorded on December 12thWRTI Classical Host Gregg Whiteside introduces The Wissahickon High School Camerata Choir in their radio debut. The 35-member ensemble sings a festive program of holiday music and other lovely songs, under the direction of John Conahan, who also happens to be a composer of choral music!

Celebrate the Jewish festival of lights with WRTI!

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.

While we don’t know Beethoven’s exact birth date, we'll celebrate his 247th year on December 15th, with a full day of his works, from piano and chamber music to concertos, and all nine of his symphonies!

Each night as Jews around the world observe Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights, the age-old song Maoz Tsur—"Rock of Ages" in Hebrew—is sung after the lighting of the candles on the menorah. 

You can take a bus or a car to the historic mansions of Fairmount Park this holiday season, but in the past a sleigh would have carried you there. Here’s WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston on the sights you may have seen along the way. 

The four DePue brothers (Wallace, Jason, Zack, and Alex) were raised on classical music, barbershop, and Bluegrass. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, today they’re juggling work at conventional ensembles—with a family-based band specializing in a blend of classical and American grass roots music.

Classical music has never lived in a bubble. For centuries, it's always found common ground with folk music.

Enter, the Danish String Quartet.

Ryan Brandenberg

Join us Friday at noon to hear Project Fusion, a dynamic young saxophone quartet, when they chat with Classical Coffeehouse Host Debra Lew Harder and perform LIVE. A winner of Astral's 2015 National Auditions, Project Fusion has captured top prizes in prestigious chamber music competitions; the ensemble's concerts have been described as “joyful celebrations.”

Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light, and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries, Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways.

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