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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Philadelphia Music Makers
5:35 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

A Violinist, a Violist, and the Romance of Tradition

Elissa Lee Koljonen, photo credit: J. Henry Fair

After violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1994, she was invited to perform at the Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival (now the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival). At a rehearsal there, she confessed to the violist she was to perform with that she had never before performed the popular Halvorsen Passacaglia for violin and viola (based on music of Handel). The violist, Roberto Díaz, then admitted the same thing to her.

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Creatively Speaking
6:07 am
Mon February 23, 2015

How a Russian-Born Philadelphian Helped Give New Life to a Song Van Cliburn Loved

Van Cliburn
Gregory Manchess

When American pianist Van Cliburn died in 2013, funeral organizers in Texas couldn’t locate an obscure piece of music he’d requested for the service. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, thanks to a Philadelphia connection, the Russian folk song was found, and is now enjoying new life in America. "Vanya Klibern," as he was called in Russia, says Inna Lobanova-Heasley, was "a rock star" there.

Here are several ensembles presenting the Russian folk song performed at Van Cliburn's funeral service.

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Looking for Nominees for PYO's 2015 Ovation Award
6:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Tell Us About Your Favorite Music Teacher!

Wissahickon Middle School music teacher Bill Cain receiving the 2014 Ovation Award from Louis Scaglione, president and music director of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, at the Kimmel Center.

Has a music teacher profoundly impacted your life? If so, then the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) wants to hear all about that teacher. WRTI is partnering with the PYO to draw attention to the many talented and dedicated music educators in the Delaware Valley, and is now seeking nominees for its second annual Ovation Award for Inspiration and Outstanding Leadership in Music Education. Do you have a favorite music teacher in mind?

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Crossover
10:44 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein on Crossover

Alisa Weilerstein. Photo credit: Decca c Robin Thomson

The New York Times calls Alisa Weilerstein the "sovereign of the American cello," and continue, "it’s not technical brilliance that makes Alisa Weilerstein’s recording of Dvorak’s much-loved cello concerto special, though the young American cellist has it in spades. It’s the take-no-prisoners emotional investment that is evident in every bar, but never more so than in the heart-wrenching slow movement, where Ms. Weilerstein’s cello appears to take on human shape."

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Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
10:25 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Mozart and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Sunday Feb. 22 at 5 pm

Thomas Hong. Photo credit: John Servies

Three of Mozart's most brilliant works make up the program for this Sunday afternoon's Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Feb. 22nd on WRTI at 5 pm. Thomas Hong is the guest conductor for this exciting concert, featuring the Chamber Orchestra's concertmaster Miho Saegusa.

Join host Dave Conant as he brings you the best from the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's recent performances.

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:21 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

One Night Only: The Streets Meet The Opera House

The Dallas Street Choir performed in T-shirts, then changed into formalwear for the Street Requiem. Baritone Russell Rodriguez is in front, far right, in an orange T-shirt.
Courtesy of Mark Mullaney

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 7:35 pm

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AVA Opera
11:43 am
Sun February 15, 2015

AVA Opera Theater on WRTI: Puccini's La Bohéme, Feb. 15 at 3 pm

AVA resident artists Mackenzie Whitney (Rodolfo) and Marina Costa-Jackson (Mimi)

What a perfect way to wrap up Valentine's weekend! Spend Sunday, February 15 from 3 to 5:30 pm with one of the great operatic love stories of all time, Puccini's La Bohéme, presented by the Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI.

The opera tells the story of a poor poet, and an equally poor seamstress, as they fall in love one cold winter in 19th-century Paris. The opera is based on Scenes of Bohemian Life, a book by Henri Murger. One of the most beloved operas in the repertoire, and a broadcast not to be missed! 

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Valentine's Weekend on WRTI
4:24 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Sweet Music for Sweethearts on WRTI

Sending you lots of love!

A sweet weekend of romantic music is planned for all of our listeners...so get ready! We're warming up for Valentine's Day on Friday, just after 12 noon. Jack Moore will bring you Romance for Cello, Harp and Strings by Hungarian composer Leo Weiner, Rachmaninoff's ultra-romantic Piano Concerto No. 3, and Pablo de Sarasate's virtuoso Fantasy on Gounod's Romeo and Juliet for violin and orchestra. 

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Creatively Speaking
5:03 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

How a Charming & Deadly Con Man Inspired an Opera and Concerto: A Real-Life Story

A 19th-century American saloon is the setting for Bramwell Tovey's 'Songs of the Paradise Saloon" concerto for trumpet and orchestra, based on an evil manipulator, who was a shyster and a murderer.

The true story of a 19th-century swindler in New York City inspired not only an opera, but also a concerto. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on Bramwell Tovey’s Songs of the Paradise Saloon for trumpet and orchestra.

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Susan Lewis: Commissioned by the Calgary Opera, Bramwell Tovey became intrigued by the life of a notorious man named Alexander Keith. Both charming and deadly, Keith swindled many, and eventually planted explosives in an ocean liner, killing 80 people.  

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:47 am
Sat February 7, 2015

The Cold Wrath Of Nature, Given Operatic Voice

Kevin Burdette stars in Everest as Beck Weathers, a Dallas doctor who survived a deadly blizzard on the mountain in 1996.
Karen Almond The Dallas Opera

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 11:48 am

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