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.

The question of assimilation has been on my mind a lot lately. Living in this great country where individuality is embraced, our current obsession with assimilation for those choosing the U.S. as their new home seems like a strange paradox.

In Memoriam 2015

Dec 30, 2015

Many musical voices fell silent in 2015. We lost soul singers and opera stars, blues and folk guitarists, saxophonists and percussionists, plus composers, conductors, producers, and other visionaries. Explore their musical legacies here.


Diane Charlemagne

Feb. 22, 1964 — Oct. 28, 2015

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff pays a return visit to Philadelphia for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto on January 7th, 8th, and 9th with The Philadelphia Orchestra. We’ll look forward to the eminent violinist’s appearance at Verizon Hall with a rebroadcast of a delightful New Year’s program first heard on WRTI last January, when Mr. Tetzlaff performed Mozart’s sparkling Violin Concerto No. 5.

Theories abound about why the violins created in Cremona, Italy from the mid 1500s to the mid 1700s serve as the benchmark among masterpieces. Intriguing research by acoustics experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology might provide a clue.

WRTI invites you to experience The Crossing chamber choir’s 2015 Christmas concert, The Crossing @ Christmas, recorded live on December 18th at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill.

This annual performance is known for creating an aura of tranquility, and has become a holiday tradition for many vocal music lovers throughout our region. You can hear this year’s concert on WRTI - on the radio or online - on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2 to 4 pm

This Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI brings us a lucky survivor among Mozart’s earlier symphonies – many of which were forgotten after his death. The Symphony No. 29, which Mozart composed at age 18, is full of charm, elegance, and irresistible high spirits, and Donald Runnicles, in his second week on the podium with the Philadelphians this season, will conduct.

Chuck Moses

Wrap up your Christmas weekend with Symphony in C's "Classically Baroque" concert on WRTI.


One of the hottest new Philadelphia composers is hardly new. Andrew Rudin is well into his 70s, and was a fixture for decades teaching at the University of the Arts. He recently had an instant hit with his piano trio Circadia, and now talks to the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns about his post-retirement creative renaissance.

The legend of Don Juan, dating from the mid 17th century, has spawned plays, poetry, opera, and more.  Richard Strauss’s 1889 tone poem about the story launched his star in the European musical world.


Today, The Nutcracker ballet is as much a Christmas tradition as eggnog, jingle bells, and mistletoe. But centuries ago - long before a nutcracker appeared on stage - miners in the rural Ore Mountain region of Germany began crafting the ubiquitous household characters. The whimsical, dual-purpose figurines were toys that inspired play among the young, and tools that cracked nuts for all.

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