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.

Pope Francis will spend roughly 36 hours in Philadelphia, the most public stop on his trip in the United States. He arrives Saturday morning, September 26th, and leaves Sunday evening, September 27th. The Pope's visit will culminate late Sunday afternoon with Mass in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A number of special choirs will be part of this immense religious event. David Kimock, music director at Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Newtown, PA, will lead the entire group and the Papal Choir.  

Today, a symphony orchestra is most often - but not always - led by a conductor.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, in some cases, the concertmaster may lead the group – but not from the conductor’s podium.

Corey Weaver

In the backwoods of Tennessee, a beautiful young woman is accused of indecent behavior after she is discovered bathing naked in a stream. Will the charismatic traveling preacher who sets his sights on her soul be her salvation, or her downfall?

Join us for two orchestral favorites with two conductors on this month's Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia broadcast. Music Director Dirk Brossé leads Tchaikovsky's beloved Serenade for Strings, and Thomas Hong, guest conductor, leads a performance of the spirited Divertimento in D, K. 136, written by a 16-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Benjamin Ealovega

Join us for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast from last February, that looks back to a time when concerto soloists and members of instrumental ensembles led their colleagues, while also performing themselves.

The Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are among the most sacred days of the year for Jews around the world. These are days of celebration, self-reflection, and repentance, and are filled with music that has special meaning.

A clandestine love affair brings two mortal enemies together during a time of war. But when Norma discovers that her beloved now loves another, a fiery new battle begins as betrayal, anguish, and fury take the reins. Vincenzo Bellini's NORMA on WRTI, Saturday, September 12, 1 to 3:30 pm. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

Listen to Sondra Radvanovsky sing the famous aria, "Casta Diva"

Mystical, monk-like, reclusive — those are a few words often used to describe Arvo Pärt. His music gets labeled as timeless, spiritual and meditative. The Estonian composer, born 80 years ago today, is perhaps all of these things ... and maybe none of them.

Join us on Saturday at the Kimmel Center's inaugural "Open House" event - a kick-off to the 2015/2016 season of performances by the Kimmel's resident companies and Broadway shows, with a no-fee-at-the-box office policy for more than 100 shows - from 10 am to 3 pm - when you purchase tickets.

WRTI classical host Gregg Whiteside will be on the scene, broadcasting live, speaking with leaders of some of the resident companies about upcoming season highlights, and bringing you musical selections that you’ll hear at this season’s performances.

Join us on Sunday, September 13th at 1 pm for a re-broadcast from the final week of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s January 2015 St. Petersburg Festival, celebrating the great master of the third generation, Dmitri Shostakovich. Like Tchaikovsky before him, Shostakovich visited Philadelphia just once, but his connections to the Orchestra were unmatched by any other American ensemble. Of his 15 symphonies, seven received their first U.S. performance by the Philadelphians.