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.

Conductors take different paths to the podium. WRTI’s Susan Lewis profiles one of today’s busy young conductors who learned from two of the best in the business.  


You'll hear two sparkling Baroque cello concertos on this month's Applause! broadcast of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Sunday, January 18th at 5 pm. 

Benjamin Ealovega

Guest conductor Robin Ticciati conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra in works by Robert Schumann and Wolfgang Mozart on this Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast at 1 pm. Pianist Jonathan Biss is soloist.

New is the word of the day on Now Is the Time, Saturday, January 9th at 9 pm. David Ludwig set The New Colossus, the famous words by Emma Lazarus on the Statue of Liberty, after 9/11, and its timeless message always resonates. From David Starobin’s New Music with Guitar, Vol. 8 is the always smart and attractive music of Paul Lansky; we’ll hear his Partita. James Primosch gets down with “Daddy-O’s New Groove,” the last movement from his Sonata-Fantasia for piano and synthesizer, here played by the brilliant (and Grammy®-Award winning) Lambert Orkis.

Some of the most talented young musicians in our region are members of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, now in its 76th season. Join us on Sunday, January 10th at 4 pm to hear The PYO's opening concert of the season, recorded at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall.

At the beginning of a new year, consider the beginning of American orchestral music. George Frederick Bristow was the first American-born composer to succeed with that transplanted European institution, the symphony orchestra.

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.

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