Saturday Classics

Saturday, 6 am to 12 noon

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.

Changes in the Afternoon on WRTI

Apr 17, 2016

We have some big news to share! Kile Smith has been promoted to Director of Content, a new key position at WRTI. And after a nationwide search, Kevin Gordon has been selected as our new Afternoon Drive (2 to 6 pm) Classical Host starting on April 25th.

Join us on Sunday at 5 pm for Applause! It's our monthly broadcast of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and this month features Music Director Dirk Brossé, and Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn conducting the concert, recorded in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center. 

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Vladimir Jurowski, one of the most sought-after conductors in the world, collaborates with one of the world’s most talented virtuoso pianists, Yefim Bronfman, in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, the “Emperor,” one of the supreme achievements in the genre — this Sunday, April 17th at 1 pm on The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI.

How does a lifelong interest in the choral works of J.S. Bach maintain a luster that continues to this day? World-renowned German conductor, scholar, and teacher Helmuth Rilling gives WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston some insight.


Guest conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada is on the podium, and Augustin Hadelich is soloist, for this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast of a performance from this past February at Verizon Hall.

A young conductor, trained in both his native Colombia and Vienna, now leads orchestras on two continents. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, culture, intellect and passion are all part of his approach to music.

Listen to The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI on Sunday, April 10th at 1 pm to hear Andres Orozco-Estrada lead the Orchestra in a program featuring the music of Barber, Brahms, and Dvorak.  The concert was recorded live at Verizon Hall this past February. The broadcast can be heard on 90.1 FM in Philadelphia and streaming online at WRTI.org.

Few of The Philadelphia Orchestra's guest conductors were as great or as quirky as Otto Klemperer, whose recordings from his 1962 concerts with the ensemble have recently been remastered. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns discovered that the conductor is hardly forgotten.  

Three richly orchestrated works on this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast complete the series of concerts from January celebrating the music of Vienna.

Editor's note on April 4, 2016: You may have figured this out already — this story was an April Fools' joke. It's not real. We hope you enjoyed it.

On Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, Saturday, April 2nd, 5 to 6 pm. After World War I, there was a trail of American composers to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger. But in the years after the Civil War, early in American orchestral music, composers also went to Europe to study. Mostly, they went to Germany, and some of those, to Munich, at that time the second-greatest center of music in Europe, after Paris. After all, so many of the operas of the trend-setting Richard Wagner had premiered in this capital of Bavaria, and it was not all that far from Bayreuth, with its theater specially built for Wagner.

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