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.

It's a special holiday-themed Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia broadcast this Saturday, December 24th at 11 am. Three conductors, Christmas-time music, and Music Director Dirk Brossé's arranging skills will be on full display!

Midori's Passion Beyond the Concert Hall

Dec 22, 2016
Credit: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Violinist Midori has been performing with major orchestras since her 1983 New Year’s Eve debut at age 11 with The New York Philharmonic. While still in her teens, she developed another passion.  

Credit: Gary Horn

It was 1964 when longtime Philadelphia classical morning host Dave Conant landed his first radio gig. Now, 52 years later, our general manager with the velvety baritone and dry wit is turning off his mic and retiring from WRTI.

The Unusual Christmas Oratorio of J.S. Bach

Dec 21, 2016

J.S. Bach’s unconventional Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachts-Oratorium), composed in 1733 and 1734, is less known than his other major works, and it showcases the composer's innovation and resourcefulness. WRTI's Susan Lewis reports.

The legendary Broadway musical writing team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II produced their final show together, The Sound of Music, nine months before Hammerstein passed away of cancer. Yet throughout all the songs of the show, there’s a great sense of hope and optimism. “My Favorite Things,” with its holiday imagery, and its reminder to remember one’s favorite things when times are sad, has been adopted and adapted by jazz artists and pop artists to this day.

It’s a world with a language of its own. The Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall is being converted into a movie palace—with all of the broad audience appeal implied—but with key differences.

Each night as Jews around the world observe Hanukkah—the eight-day Festival of Lights—an age-old song, Maoz Tsur ("Rock of Ages"), is sung after the lighting of the candles on the menorah.  Rabbi David Gerber of Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen, PA gives Meridee Duddleston some insight into the history and meaning of the hymn.

Handel’s Messiah, originally composed for performance during the springtime Christian observance of Lent, has become a contemporary staple of Christmas celebrations in modern America. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on this 18th-century oratorio.

Credit: Jan Northrop

This Sunday, December 18th at 1 pm, WRTI's broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert brings us a performance of the powerful Brahms Symphony No. 1, the composer’s answer to Beethoven, and the culmination of 15 years’ work. Parisian conductor Alain Altinoglu, who earned raves for his performances in his 2014 Philadelphia Orchestra debut, conducts. Download our App to listen wherever you are!

This Sunday, December 18th at 3 pm on WRTI, Symphony in C joins with the Greater South Jersey Chorus in a performance of George Frederick Handel’s Messiah. Recorded live December 10th, this concert brings to life the well-loved 274-year-old masterpiece, called “truly immortal” by Symphony in C’s music director, Stilian Kirov.

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