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.

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WRTI Arts Desk
12:47 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Why Play The Viola? The Philadelphia Orchestra's CJ Chang Has The Answer

Philadelphia Principal Violist CJ Chang

Larger than a violin, but smaller than a cello, the viola sits in the middle of the orchestra, providing a critical inner voice to orchestral works. WRTI’s Susan Lewis profiles The Philadelphia’s Orchestra's principal violist, who on this Sunday's concert broadcast on WRTI at 1 pm, steps out in front as soloist.

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MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra playing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:00 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Can You Hear Me Now? Reverb Making a Difference

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center

Lovers of classical music and jazz, musicians and composers, are acutely tuned in to the acoustics of a performance space. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston looks at the acoustical demands of a concert hall.

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Opera on WRTI
5:17 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Verdi's Action-Packed IL TROVATORE, May 30, 1 PM

Soprano Amber Wagner sings Leonora and tenor Yonghoon Lee sings Manrico in Verdi's IL TROVATORE.

The troubadour Manrico and Count di Luna are bitter enemies. But in a twist of fate, they're both in love with Leonora — and they're brothers without knowing it.

Emotions boil in an action-packed story that includes babies switched at birth, kidnapping, mistaken identity, poisoning, civil strife, witches burned at the stake, and a noblewoman who offers herself to a man she hates, to save the man she loves.

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Carnegie Hall LIVE on WRTI
1:10 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Carnegie Hall LIVE Series Premiere! Berlin Philharmonic, Anne-Sophie Mutter, May 31, 4 PM on WRTI

Missed the opening-night gala concert at Carnegie Hall last fall? No worries!

Join us this Sunday, May 31 at 4 pm as WRTI brings you the first in a series of broadcasts recorded live in concert at Carnegie Hall during the 2014/2015 season.

Re-live the opening night gala concert by the Berlin Philharmonic, led by Simon Rattle. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter – a longtime collaborator with the Philharmonic – is the soloist in the lush Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. The program opens with Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances and concludes with the final moments of Stravinsky's The Firebird.

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WRTI Arts Desk
5:36 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Pop Culture's Influence on Composer Michael Daugherty

Composer Michael Daugherty

Classical composer Michael Daugherty writes music about ideas, people, and places from popular culture. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, his works invite listeners to engage with the music through their own experiences.

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MUSIC: Metropolis

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2015 Ovation Award Ceremony, May 31, Kimmel Center
3:39 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra 2015 Ovation Award: Check Out The Nominees!

Ralph Jackson

Ten music educators from the Delaware Valley will be honored by the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) during their Annual Festival Concert at the Kimmel Center on May 31st for "inspiration and outstanding leadership in music education." ***[Go to the bottom of this post for announcement of the 2015 Ovation Award Winner.]

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
2:49 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Tubist Carol Jantsch in the Spotlight! May 31 at 1 PM

Carol Jantsch is principal tuba of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

One of the highlights of this Philadelphia Orchestra season took place in late March, when Carol Jantsch, Principal Tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2006, stood front and center on the Verizon Hall stage to perform as soloist in a work written for her – Michael Daugherty’s Reflections on the Mississippi. Janstch premiered the work two years ago, a piece that Daugherty calls “a musical reflection on family trips to the Mississippi River during my childhood.”

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WRTI Arts Desk
2:10 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

The Evolution of the Violin's Sound And Design

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. 

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WRTI Arts Desk
7:50 am
Mon May 25, 2015

A Tuba Concerto About The Mississippi River? Michael Daugherty's Composition Defies Expectations

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch, conductor Giandrea Noseda, and composer Michael Daugherty at a March, 2015 rehearsal with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

There are very few tuba concertos in the classical repertoire - Ralph Vaughn Williams' 1954 work is among a handful. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a new addition explores the largely untapped lyricism of the instrument.   

Carol Jantsch and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform Michael Daugherty's Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra, Reflections on the Mississippi, on Sunday May 31st, on WRTI.

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:07 am
Mon May 25, 2015

The Arden Theatre Company Gets Passionate with Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for PASSION.

The Arden Theatre has staged 14 productions of Stephen Sondheim shows since 1993. But opening this month is a first: Passion, a simple love story between people who are anything but simple. Artistic director Terry Nolen tells the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns why he waited until he was good and ready.

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