Sunday Classical

Sunday, 5 to 6 pm

WRTI presents a variety of classical music programming every Sunday from 5 to 6 pm. On the third Sunday of each month, you'll hear APPLAUSE: The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia radio broadcast series. Host Dave Conant brings you the best from the Chamber Orchestra's recent performances and archive recording collection. On other Sundays, tune in to hear concerts from the Library of Congress radio broadcast series, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Wolf Trap, and other special programming.

In his early twenties, Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) won the title "Argentina's Great Musical Hope" with works such as the ballet score Estancia, and popular piano pieces like Danzas argentinas, which strongly evoke the rhythm and flair of the folk music of Argentina.

This Sunday on WRTI, it's a Philadelphia Orchestra concert from last April at Verizon Hall with Conductor-in-Residence Cristian Măcelaru on the podium. The program begins with Sergei Prokofiev’s sparkling First Symphony, completed the summer before Russian revolutionary upheavals led to his departure from his native country for nearly two decades.

We wish a happy and healthy new year to everyone observing the Jewish High Holidays! Join us for a meaningful and joyous celebration on WRTI, Sunday, Oct. 9th, from 4 to 6 pm, with two special programs.

This week on the Wanamaker Organ Hour, host Peter Richard Conte welcomes back organist and flugelhornist Andrew Ennis as special guest. On the broadcast will be music they’ve performed on the Wanamaker Organ as soloists and together in four-hand arrangements. Plus, Peter accompanies Andrew on flugelhorn, the softer, mellower cousin of the trumpet, on a few works.

Credit: Vahan Stepanyan

Michael Tilson Thomas is on the podium for this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI.

Credit: Dario Acosta

Vladimir Jurowski, one of the most sought-after conductors in the world, collaborates with one of the world’s most talented virtuoso pianists, Yefim Bronfman, in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, the “Emperor,” one of the supreme achievements in the genre — this Sunday, September 18th at 1 pm on The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast on WRTI.

There's a new host on WRTI! She's Debra Lew Harder, a pianist and music educator who also happens to be a natural on the radio. We're lucky to have her on board here. In addition to being your Saturday morning classical host from 6 am to 12 noon, Debra is producing Arts Desk features and interviewing guest artists for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts. She's also a substitute host. So you'll be hearing her voice a lot!

Join us for a special broadcast from the Kimmel Center's 2016/2017 Open House!
 Gregg Whiteside will give us a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Kimmel season, broadcasting live from 10 am until the WRTI Saturday Opera starts at 1 pm, and talking with some of the people who make it all happen. And back at the station, Debra Lew Harder will bring you a delightful morning of the music you love.

Vienna was a hotbed of musical evolution, and the second concert in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s three-part series of the Music of Vienna shows us how far the symphony traveled in that time. On Sunday, September 4th at 1 pm, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphians bring you two symphonies composed about 80 years apart: Joseph Haydn’s 103rd, the famous “Drumroll” Symphony, and Anton Bruckner’s 4th.

Interested in Steve Jobs, Georgia O'Keefe or Alice in Wonderland? They are all explored in new music in the upcoming American concert season.