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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Opera on WRTI
8:52 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: The Iconic American Musical CAROUSEL, Saturday, June 13, 1 PM

Laura Osens sings Jule Jordan and Steven Pasquale sings Bille Bigelow in Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL.
Todd Rosenberg

Get ready to hear some of the most beloved songs in musical theater - presented by one of the most beloved opera companies in America - "June is Bustin' Out All Over," "If I Loved You," You'll Never Walk Alone," and more! Saturday, June 13, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.

Swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. But all too soon, they fall on hard times and unbearable loss. Yet the power of love perseveres, as do the tuneful hits in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel!

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Wanamaker Organ Day 2015
3:27 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Crossover LIVE at Wanamaker Organ Day: Saturday, June 6 at 11:30 AM

Wanamaker Organ Day is Saturday June 28th

Jill Pasternak and Peter Richard Conte broadcast Crossover live from the 20th annual Wanamaker Organ Day at Macy's in Center City, Philadelphia on June 6th. You're invited to join Jill and Peter, and organists Peter Krasinski, Rudolph Lucente, and Fred Haas.

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CD Selections
2:02 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Spring Into Five New Classical CDs!

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:

Sokolov: The Salzburg Recital. Though celebrated for the breadth of his repertoire, epic interpretations, and boundless imagination, Russian-born pianist Grigory Sokolov has become something of a living legend and a well-kept secret in America. 

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Opera on WRTI
5:17 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago on WRTI: Verdi's Action-Packed IL TROVATORE, May 30, 1 PM

Soprano Amber Wagner sings Leonora and tenor Yonghoon Lee sings Manrico in Verdi's IL TROVATORE.

The troubadour Manrico and Count di Luna are bitter enemies. But in a twist of fate, they're both in love with Leonora — and they're brothers without knowing it.

Emotions boil in an action-packed story that includes babies switched at birth, kidnapping, mistaken identity, poisoning, civil strife, witches burned at the stake, and a noblewoman who offers herself to a man she hates, to save the man she loves.

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Carnegie Hall LIVE on WRTI
1:10 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Carnegie Hall LIVE Series Premiere! Berlin Philharmonic, Anne-Sophie Mutter, May 31, 4 PM on WRTI

Missed the opening-night gala concert at Carnegie Hall last fall? No worries!

Join us this Sunday, May 31 at 4 pm as WRTI brings you the first in a series of broadcasts recorded live in concert at Carnegie Hall during the 2014/2015 season.

Re-live the opening night gala concert by the Berlin Philharmonic, led by Simon Rattle. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter – a longtime collaborator with the Philharmonic – is the soloist in the lush Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. The program opens with Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances and concludes with the final moments of Stravinsky's The Firebird.

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WRTI Arts Desk
5:36 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Pop Culture's Influence on Composer Michael Daugherty

Composer Michael Daugherty

Classical composer Michael Daugherty writes music about ideas, people, and places from popular culture. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, his works invite listeners to engage with the music through their own experiences.

Radio script:

MUSIC: Metropolis

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
2:49 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Tubist Carol Jantsch in the Spotlight! May 31 at 1 PM

Carol Jantsch is principal tuba of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

One of the highlights of this Philadelphia Orchestra season took place in late March, when Carol Jantsch, Principal Tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2006, stood front and center on the Verizon Hall stage to perform as soloist in a work written for her – Michael Daugherty’s Reflections on the Mississippi. Janstch premiered the work two years ago, a piece that Daugherty calls “a musical reflection on family trips to the Mississippi River during my childhood.”

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WRTI Arts Desk
2:10 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

The Evolution of the Violin's Sound And Design

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. 

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WRTI Arts Desk
6:07 am
Mon May 25, 2015

The Arden Theatre Company Gets Passionate with Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for PASSION.

The Arden Theatre has staged 14 productions of Stephen Sondheim shows since 1993. But opening this month is a first: Passion, a simple love story between people who are anything but simple. Artistic director Terry Nolen tells the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns why he waited until he was good and ready.

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Tribute Concert to Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
10:06 am
Sun May 24, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Macelaru Conducts Beethoven and Falla, May 24, 1 PM

Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in this concert broadcast.

One of the highlights of the 2014-15 Philadelphia Orchestra concert season was the pairing of works by Beethoven and Manuel de Falla, originally scheduled for the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, to whom the concert was dedicated.

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