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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Now Is the Time
11:56 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Dancing Loops

Two versions of the same piece encircle Now Is the Time, Saturday, September 20th at 9 pm at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. Mathew Rosenblum wrote Möbius Loop for saxophone quartet and for saxophone quartet with orchestra—we'll hear both versions, one at the beginning of the show, and one at the end. The Raschèr Saxophone Quartet leads the way, with Gil Rose's Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

Electro-acoustical music of Rand Steiger is 13 Loops, with digital processing of some of the sounds accompanying the performers as they play. Paring all the way down to a single flute, however, is Whirlwinds Dancing by R. Carlos Nakai. Lisamarie McGrath solos on the Native American flute; the characteristic chiff at the beginning of the notes charm us into a circling reverie.

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An-All English Program
2:27 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra on WRTI: The Planets, Sept. 21, 3 PM

Members of the Philadephia Youth Orchestra at the Kimmel Center

Join us to hear the final concert of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's 2013-14 season. Music Director Louis Scaglione conducts an all-English program that includes works by Britten, Elgar, and Holst.

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An Orchestral Star
11:05 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Harpist Elizabeth Hainen on WRTI's Philadelphia Music Makers: Sept. 21 at 5 PM

WRTI presents the debut episode of Philadelphia Music Makers on Sunday, September 21 from 5 to 6 pm. Elizabeth Hainen, principal harp of The Philadelphia Orchestra, launches the series.

Most of the music for Philadelphia Music Makers was recorded at WRTI's state-of–the art studios or in the German Society of Pennsylvania in Center City Philadelphia, with its lively acoustics and beautiful Bösendorfer grand piano.

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Station Announcements
1:00 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Special Offer: Lancaster Symphony Orchestra at the Historic Fulton Opera House

Purchase four tickets for Romance with a Twist and/or Wizards, Wands, & Tintinnabulation, and receive two vouchers to one of The Trust 2014-2015 events.

The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra's new season - Energy, Exuberance & Excellence! - kicks off with two dynamic fall concert themes at the Historic Fulton Opera House. And there's a special offer just for WRTI listeners!

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Gianandrea Noseda Conducts The Philadelphians
8:59 am
Sun September 14, 2014

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony, Sept. 14th at 1 PM

Canadian violinist James Ehnes is a Grammy winner and a Juilliard graduate. He plays the "Marsick" Stradivarius of 1715.

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast this Sunday at 1 pm opens with a collection of “Symphonic Fragments” from Alfredo Casella’s rarely performed opera La Donna Serpente (The Snake-Woman), based on an 18th-century fable-play by Carlo Gozzi, and is followed by one of Sergei Prok

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WRTI Spotlight
8:51 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Opera from the Archives: Puccini's LA BOHEME with Toscanini Conducting in 1946, Sept. 13, 1 PM

Licia Albanese sings Mimi in the 1946 live recording of LA BOHEME. The beloved soprano passed away at age 105 in August.

We've got a treat in store for you this Saturday at 1 pm. It's the famous February, 1946 live recording of Giacomo Puccini's LA BOHEME with Arturo Toscanini on the podium conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra and the NBC Symphony Chorus. The broadcast celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opera's debut. Acclaimed soprano Licia Albanese, who just passed away last month at age 105, sings Mimi.

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Classical CD Selections
6:19 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Monteverdi's Pioneering 'Vespers'

Monteverdi's Poppea.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 4:32 pm

The Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi was arguably the most important musician of the first half of the 17th century. He absorbed the musical style of the late Renaissance and, in his early works, helped bring it to its highest expression. He also pioneered new compositional techniques in his madrigals and other vocal works, effectively laying the foundation for many of the stylistic conventions of the Baroque.

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Crossover
8:42 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Violinist Nicola Benedetti: Coming Home to Scotland

Violinist Nicola Benedetti's new CD is filled with music from her homeland.

One of our favorite guests - and one of yours, as you've told us - returns to Crossover this week. Violinist Nicola Benedetti discusses her latest Decca CD, Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy.  

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Your 30 Favorite Classical Works
11:54 am
Thu August 28, 2014

WRTI's 2014 Labor Day Weekend Classical Countdown!

The votes are in, and we've got this year's list! Join us, starting on Friday at noon, for our annual Labor Day Weekend Classical Countdown! It's your 30 favorite classical works on WRTI throughout the holiday weekend. Listen on Friday, August 29, from noon to 6 pm, Saturday, August 30 from 6 to 12:30 pm, and Monday, September 1st from 6 am to 6 pm.

The playlist for the 2014 Labor Day Weekend Classical Countdown will publish below in this post as each piece is broadcast. Have a wonderful holiday! And a big thanks to everyone who voted!

Encore!
3:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

The Crossing on WRTI: The Second "Month of Moderns" Concert, August 31, 4 PM

The Crossing performing at The Icebox at Crane Arts Center in June, 2014.
Becky Oehlers Photography

This Sunday, join us for The Crossing chamber choir's second concert in their Sixth Annual Month of Moderns Festival, recorded live at The Icebox at Crane Arts Center in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia on June 28, 2014, and conducted by Donald Nally.

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