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.

The violence in this Vietnam War film is noteworthy even among war films, and is controversial for a depiction of something no one has said they have ever witnessed: a scene where North Vietnamese soldiers force prisoners to play Russian roulette.

In this world-premiere production, a mother and daughter fight for survival against the backdrop of Italy at war. Based on the 1958 novel La Ciociara, with a score by Marco Tutino, this emotional drama evokes human resilience in the face of extreme destruction and devastation during World War II.

Guest Conductor Vladimir Jurowski, a familiar presence on the podium here in Philadelphia, returned for a visit to Verizon Hall in late October, 2014, for a concert we'll hear re-broadcast this Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI.  The concert continued three programming themes heard throughout this past season:

Colin Bell

The music of Beethoven and Dvořák frame works by Gyorgy Ligeti and George Enescu - two composers very familiar to The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Conductor-in-Residence, Cristian Macelaru on WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast this Sunday, October 18th at 1 pm.

When an aspiring poet falls in love with a fragile seamstress, their intense passion is only matched by their youthful idealism. Can their tender relationship survive the cruelties of life?

Join us for a very special broadcast of two works (old and new) recorded live by The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia this past September at the Kimmel Center. The 21-year-old composer and pianist Conrad Tao (hailed as "brilliant" by The New York Times) is soloist in the world premiere of his own composition, An Adjustment - for Piano, Orchestra, and Electronics, and Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor. Dirk Brossé conducts. Sunday, October 18, 5 to 6 pm on WRTI with host Dave Conant.

Cliff Waatt

At the age of 8, violinist Sarah Chang was featured as soloist with the New York Philharmonic. Soon afterwards, she played with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Today, she has a full career playing with orchestras all over the world. WRTI’s Susan Lewis profiles this busy artist, who still calls the Philadelphia area home.

It was 30 years ago today that a single American hostage was killed by terrorists during the hijacking of a cruise ship by pro-Palestinian terrorists in the Mediterranean Sea. Leon Klinghoffer's death was the inspiration for a controversial opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, composed by John Adams, with a libretto by Alice Goodman and directed by Peter Sellars.

Thanks to her open heart and determination, Cinderella triumphs over her mean-spirited relatives in Rossini’s sparkling version of the story. Karine Deshayes, lauded for her "emotional depth and vibrant, beautiful sound" (The New York Times), makes her San Francisco Opera debut in the beloved fairy tale about a gentle but courageous servant girl who catches the eye of a handsome prince.