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.

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.

Dmitri Shostakovich, known for many dramatic works composed in the shadow of Stalin, showed a different side - one filled with humor and family ties - in his Piano Concerto No. 2.

Listen to WRTI on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 1 pm as Kirill Gerstein performs Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Details here.

We have quite a re-broadcast in store for you on Sunday, September 6, at 1 pm! The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert will feature Week Two of the ensemble’s St. Petersburg Festival, from late January of this year. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.

A love that knows no boundaries goes horribly wrong in a fateful meeting of East and West. What begins as an idyllic liaison in an enchanting land of cherry blossoms turns into the heartbreaking tragedy of an abandoned bride forced to make an excruciating decision. Giacomo Puccini's MADAME BUTTERFLY, Saturday, September 5th, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

It Could Be YOUR Voice on WRTI!

Sep 3, 2015

You’ve heard them before…the voices of listeners on the air, sharing stories about why they love WRTI. That could be you! We’d like to know:

What keeps you listening? Why is WRTI important to you? And if you’re a member, why do you support WRTI?

You’re cordially invited to the WRTI studios on Temple University’s campus to record your own testimonial. And while you’re here, we’ll show you around the station.

The votes are in, and we've got this year's list! Join us, starting on Friday at noon, for our annual Labor Day Weekend Classical Countdown! It's your 30 favorite classical works on WRTI throughout the holiday weekend. Listen on Friday, September 4th from noon to 6 pm, Saturday, September 5th from 6 to 12:30 pm, and Monday, September 7th from 11 am to 6 pm.

A world-premiere recording of Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto released this year has won an international award. How can such a well-known piece be having a recording premiere? WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.