Saturday Classics

Saturday, 6 am to 12 noon

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.

One leader headed to our nation’s capital aims to bring people together - not through political speeches, but through music. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more on the National Symphony Orchestra's music director designate, who’s passionate about the power of music even beyond the concert hall and opera stage.


Widely influential conductor and early-music specialist Nikolaus Harnoncourt has died at age 86 in the Austrian village of St. Georgen im Attergau, near Salzburg.

Lantern Theater Company, at 10th and Ludlow Streets in Philadelphia, presents William Shakespeare's wondrous comedy AS YOU LIKE IT, March 10th through April 17th.

Welcome spring and celebrate the liberating power of love! Join Shakespeare’s most charismatic heroine, Rosalind, as she finds her independence amidst chance encounters with love-struck Orlando. Winding through the enchanting thickets of the forest, will true love find its way? Can one desire too much of a good thing?

Mathias Botho

Join us to hear the first concert in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s "Music of Vienna" series, recorded live this past January at Verizon Hall. Pianist Jan Lisiecki, an audience favorite at only 20 years old, will be the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.

Discovering Beethoven?

Mar 2, 2016

On Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, Saturday, March 5th, 5 to 6 pm... It's a composer we’ve barely touched on in Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, and with good reason. Beethoven isn’t a discovery to us (although, thankfully, people new to classical music discover him all the time).

Mention the music of Vienna, and some of us automatically think of a waltz.  But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the city was a musical magnet for composers, especially from the late 18th century through the 19th and beyond.


The Heiligenstadt Testament, a letter and directive written by Beethoven to his brothers in October, 1802, is an important missive, opened after the composer's death in 1827.

Don't miss Sunday's broadcast of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia from 5 to 6 pm. Dave Conant is your host for a broadcast featuring the Orchestra's three music directors, in music of Gluck, Schubert, and current Music Director Dirk Brossé. 

Michael Patrick O’Leary

Violinist Hilary Hahn returns to The Philadelphia Orchestra to perform the Fourth Violin Concerto of the Belgian composer and violinist Henri Vieuxtemps, on The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast Sunday, February 21st, at 1 pm. This concerto is a favorite of Ms. Hahn’s; Vieuxtemps composed it while he was serving as violinist to Tsar Nicholas I in St. Petersburg.


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