Saturday Classics

Saturday, 6 to 11 am

Wake up to a great variety of classical music every Saturday morning with host Rolf Charlston. You'll hear works ranging from Baroque to contemporary--from a gentle waltz to a bright tango--from old favorites to something new.

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WRTI Special Offers
2:09 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Special Offer: Save 25% on Philadelphia Orchestra All-Beethoven Concert at the Mann Center, July 25

WRTI listeners! Here's a special offer to enjoy a night of Beethoven performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center on July 25th.

If ever there was a musician whose battle cry was “freedom” it was Ludwig van Beethoven. His Leonore Overture No. 3 relates the heroic conviction of a woman to free her husband from certain doom. The Piano Concerto No. 2 was composed for his own astonishing virtuoso technique. And the Symphony No. 5 has become so much more than a symphony – its famous first four notes have been turned into a Morse code phrase for "victory." Its propulsive energy and journey escalate towards a finale that has long transcended the concert hall and given hope to oppressed people everywhere.

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WRTI Arts Desk
1:58 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

The Berlin Philharmonic Announces Their Next Chief Conductor

Maestro Kirill Petrenko begins his tenure as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic inn 2018.

The venerable Berlin Philharmonic isn't known for impetuous courtships. But after conducting only three programs, the darkest of horses - Kirill Petrenko - was invited last week to succeed Simon Rattle as the Orchestra's chief conductor. Can the Berlin Philharmonic survive without its usual star power? The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports.

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Arts Desk
6:01 am
Mon June 29, 2015

One Bit of Parker's Music in Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Charlie Parker

In the opera Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD, composer Daniel Schnyder illuminates the life of the groundbreaking jazz saxophonist. But, as WRTI’s Kile Smith reports, while the music is all original, the composer couldn’t help slipping in just a taste of Parker for the opera’s lead tenor, Lawrence Brownlee.
 

What composer Daniel Schnyder did not want to write in his opera about the great Charlie Parker was warmed-over bebop. His opera, Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD, is original through and through.

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Opera on WRTI
11:54 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Guilt, Lies, Courage, Love: THE PASSENGER, Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI, June 27, 1 PM

There’s no escaping your past. Aboard an ocean liner in the early 1960s, a West German diplomat, Walter, and his wife Liese are bound for a new posting in Brazil.

But unbeknownst to her husband, Liese served as an SS officer in Auschwitz. Haunted by her past, she is stunned when she thinks she recognizes a fellow passenger; is it really Marta, her former prisoner?

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WRTI Special Offers
9:59 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Special Offer: Save 25% on Philadelphia Orchestra All-Gershwin Concert at the Mann Center, June 26th

George Gershwin (1898-1937)

Join the Philadelphia Orchestra as they perform "A Night of Gershwin" at the Mann Center on June 26th. Celebrate the breadth of George Gershwin’s legacy with one of his most effervescent musical masterworks - Rhapsody in Blue; the first, and widely considered the finest American opera - Porgy and Bess; and the ultimate musical postcard to the folks back home - An American in Paris. Cristian Măcelaru, conductor. Terrence Wilson, piano. Norman Garrett, baritone. Taylor Johnson, soprano

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Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
11:13 am
Sun June 21, 2015

Solzhenitsyn Plays and Conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on WRTI: June 21 at 5 PM

Ignat Solzhentisyn is conductor laureate of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

On this month’s Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Applause! broadcast, it’s Schoenberg and Beethoven, with Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn on the podium, and at the keyboard, Sunday, June 21, 5  to 6 pm. 

The program features a performance of the Chamber Symphony No. 2, a work that took Arnold Schoenberg over 30 years to complete. By the time he was finished, the composer had gone through major stylistic changes, and his work, completed in 1939, is a look back for the composer. 

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Opera on WRTI
11:39 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Wagner's Sinful and Seductive TANNHAUSER: Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI, June 20, 1 PM

Richard Wagner's TANNHAUSER transfixes audiences with both its sensuality and its majestic power.

Only gods can live in endless bliss. Tannhäuser - minstrel and renegade - is lured into the erotic realm of the love goddess Venus. There he luxuriates in lust and a host of sinful pleasures. But finally it's all too much. He longs to return home, and does — to friends, rules of Christian conduct, and most of all, to Elisabeth, the warm but chaste young woman who loves him, despite the grief he's caused.

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Crossover
11:55 am
Fri June 19, 2015

A Two-Man Whodunit Musical Comedy? Yup!

Ian Lowe and Kyle Branzel star in 'Murder for Two.'

On this week's Crossover, we take to the stage to hear about the Philadelphia Theatre Company's new musical comedy, Murder for Two, running now through June 28 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Center City, Philadelphia.

With book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair, and direction by Scott Schwartz, the hilarious whodunit features a two-man cast, with one actor investigating the crime and the other playing all the suspects – and both playing the piano.

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WRTI Arts Desk
7:38 am
Wed June 10, 2015

"You'll Never Walk Alone" - The Story Behind Rodgers and Hammerstein's Beloved Song of Hope

Even if you’re not familiar with the Broadway musical Carousel, you’re likely to have heard the uplifting message and melody of the song "You’ll Never Walk Alone."

Its roots in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical extend far beyond the story of love and loss. 

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WRTI Arts Desk
2:27 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Music is Ringing Out This Summer!

Carillon concerts are scheduled throughout our region over the summer. Look at the bottom of the post for concert listings!

One of the largest musical instruments is also among the most public. WRTI’s Susan Lewis considers carillons and their bells, which are ringing out in summer concert series all over the greater Philadelphia region.   

Radio Script:

Susan Lewis: A carillon is a set of large cast bronze bells suspended on a frame, usually at the top of a tall partially enclosed tower. 

Janet Tebbel: I love being up here because of all these big bells.

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