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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Crossover
9:03 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Classical Guitarist Miloš's Aranjuez

Milos's new CD 'Aranjuez' is a recording with the London Symphony Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin featuring music of Rodrigo and Falla.

At Crossover, we're lucky that so many great guests are willing to return to speak with us - and you! Montenegrin guitarist Miloš Karadaglić is one of them.

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WRTI Spotlight
5:26 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Elina Garanca Sings Carmen: The Met Opera on WRTI, March 7, 1 PM

Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca sings the title role in Georges Bizet's CARMEN.

No man can resist Carmen's charms. But when she’s ready to move on, watch out! A riveting drama of love and jealousy, filled with famously alluring melodies and captivating dances, Carmen is one of the world’s most popular operas. Georges Bizet’s immortal score overflows with one delight after another - a music lover’s hit parade of opera’s most intoxicating melodies. Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca sings the title role. Saturday, March 7, 1 to 4: 30 pm on WRTI. Sung in French.

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WRTI Spotlight
5:16 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Glazunov's Winter, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, Mar. 8, 1 PM

This Sunday, March 8, it's the Philadelphia Orchestra's St. Petersburg Festival, Week One concert from this past January, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin. And it features no fewer than three 40/40 works: “Winter,” from A. Glazunov’s The Seasons, and two of five movements from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, all coming in the first half of the program. After intermission, you'll hear a work the Orchestra will take on its European tour, Tchaikovsky’s spectacular Symphony No. 5.
 

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WRTI Arts Desk
12:50 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Sir Simon Rattle's Big News!

Simon Rattle is leaving the Berlin Philharmonic in 2017 to become music director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

There’s breaking news in the classical music world. The London Symphony Orchestra announced this morning that Simon Rattle will become its music director in September of 2017.  Rattle, chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002, had previously announced that he would step down from that position when his contract expires in 2018.

The Metropolitan Opera on WRTI
3:44 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

The Met Opera on WRTI: Mozart's Don Giovanni, Feb. 21, 1 PM

Conductor Alan Gilbert

New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert walks across Lincoln Center Plaza to conduct the Metropolitan Opera in this perennial favorite of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Peter Mattei is the rakish Don, Elza van den Heever is Donna Anna, Luca Pisaroni as Leporello declaims his catalog aria, and James Morris takes Don Giovanni to his judgment as The Commendatore.

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Classical CD Selections
11:12 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Classical New Releases, Winter 2015: Check Them Out!

Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca has released a personal selection of sacred and spiritual works, which she says attest to her search and the eternal longing for inner peace.

WRTI's Mark Pinto, host of the Classical New Releases show, fills you in on the latest and the greatest classical music CDs every Saturday at 5 pm. Here are five newly released recordings he recommends:

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Creatively Speaking
6:07 am
Mon February 23, 2015

How a Russian-Born Philadelphian Helped Give New Life to a Song Van Cliburn Loved

Van Cliburn
Gregory Manchess

When American pianist Van Cliburn died in 2013, funeral organizers in Texas couldn’t locate an obscure piece of music he’d requested for the service. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, thanks to a Philadelphia connection, the Russian folk song was found, and is now enjoying new life in America. "Vanya Klibern," as he was called in Russia, says Inna Lobanova-Heasley, was "a rock star" there.

Here are several ensembles presenting the Russian folk song performed at Van Cliburn's funeral service.

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Looking for Nominees for PYO's 2015 Ovation Award
6:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Tell Us About Your Favorite Music Teacher!

Wissahickon Middle School music teacher Bill Cain receiving the 2014 Ovation Award from Louis Scaglione, president and music director of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, at the Kimmel Center.

Has a music teacher profoundly impacted your life? If so, then the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) wants to hear all about that teacher. WRTI is partnering with the PYO to draw attention to the many talented and dedicated music educators in the Delaware Valley, and is now seeking nominees for its second annual Ovation Award for Inspiration and Outstanding Leadership in Music Education. Do you have a favorite music teacher in mind?

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Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
10:25 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Mozart and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Sunday Feb. 22 at 5 pm

Thomas Hong. Photo credit: John Servies

Three of Mozart's most brilliant works make up the program for this Sunday afternoon's Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Feb. 22nd on WRTI at 5 pm. Thomas Hong is the guest conductor for this exciting concert, featuring the Chamber Orchestra's concertmaster Miho Saegusa.

Join host Dave Conant as he brings you the best from the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's recent performances.

Crossover
10:22 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Michael Stairs: The Organist's Organist

Michael Stairs at the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, Verizon Hall. Photo credit: Doug Blackman

When Michael Stairs sits at the organ console, the result is nothing but perfection. He is indeed the organist's organist. Stairs has been organist for The Philadelphia Orchestra since his appointment by Riccardo Muti in 1985. He taught at the Haverford School for 25 years and was beloved by his students. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, he also holds an Artist's Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music.

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