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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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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AVA Opera
11:43 am
Sun February 15, 2015

AVA Opera Theater on WRTI: Puccini's La Bohéme, Feb. 15 at 3 pm

AVA resident artists Mackenzie Whitney (Rodolfo) and Marina Costa-Jackson (Mimi)

What a perfect way to wrap up Valentine's weekend! Spend Sunday, February 15 from 3 to 5:30 pm with one of the great operatic love stories of all time, Puccini's La Bohéme, presented by the Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI.

The opera tells the story of a poor poet, and an equally poor seamstress, as they fall in love one cold winter in 19th-century Paris. The opera is based on Scenes of Bohemian Life, a book by Henri Murger. One of the most beloved operas in the repertoire, and a broadcast not to be missed! 

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Valentine's Weekend on WRTI
4:24 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Sweet Music for Sweethearts on WRTI

Sending you lots of love!

A sweet weekend of romantic music is planned for all of our listeners...so get ready! We're warming up for Valentine's Day on Friday, just after 12 noon. Jack Moore will bring you Romance for Cello, Harp and Strings by Hungarian composer Leo Weiner, Rachmaninoff's ultra-romantic Piano Concerto No. 3, and Pablo de Sarasate's virtuoso Fantasy on Gounod's Romeo and Juliet for violin and orchestra. 

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:15 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

A Friday Surprise: Alan Gilbert Will Leave The New York Philharmonic

Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, has announced he will step down in 2017.
Chris Lee New York Philharmonic

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 7:45 pm

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Station Announcements
9:24 am
Fri February 6, 2015

WRTI Warp Drive...Mission Accomplished.

Can we quickly raise $325,000 to avoid the traditional-sounding Winter Drive, which is slated to begin on February 9th? Let's make it so!

WRTI has entered a new frontier in fund drives. Our mission: to eliminate the traditional Winter Drive as you know it, to boldly go where we’ve never gone before. Enter the WRTI Warp Drive.

What’s a Warp Drive? With your help, it’s faster than the speed of light! We quickly raise $325,000 — with your help now — to avoid the traditional-sounding Winter Drive, which is slated to begin on February 9th.  

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:45 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Aldo Ciccolini, An Italian Pianist With A French Soul, Dies At Age 89

Italian-born pianist Aldo Ciccolini was closely associated with French music. He died this weekend at age 89.
Sabine Weiss Courtesy of the artist

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