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.

The third Sunday of the month on WRTI at 5 pm is our broadcast of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and this month we present a delightful mix of pieces from three different concerts.

Is it purely luck that determines our fortune in life? Carl Orff’s grand choral extravaganza, based on medieval poetry, Carmina Burana would seem to lead us to think so!

This Sunday at 1 pm, WRTI presents a concert first heard at Verizon Hall in November, 2014. You'll hear the youthful and energetic Piano Concerto No. 1 of Beethoven performed by perennial favorite, pianist Andre Watts, who first played with The Philadelphia Orchestra at age 10.

David Kim; credit: Ryan Donnell

We open our broadcast season of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra with a program the ensemble performed last November in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. 

This Sunday, January 22nd, at 1 pm, newly appointed music director of the National Symphony, Gianandrea Noseda conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra in a program that whirls from dance to jazz to Beethoven.

Our monthly broadcast of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presents the U.S. premiere of a work for piano and orchestra by the Lebanese-born, French composer Rami Kalifé.  

Hear organist Alan Morrison, the Mendelssohn Club Chorus, the Keystone State Boychoir, and the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ on WRTI Sunday, January 8th at 5 pm! The “British Organ Invasion” was recorded live at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall on November 5th, 2016, and WRTI brings it to you for the first organ concert of the season.

The Crossing looks at the role of the mother, at the Nativity, and far beyond. Donald Nally leads one of the world’s premiere contemporary choirs through music that asks questions, from David Lang’s hauntingly beautiful where you go (after the Book of Ruth, 2015), to Toivo Tulev’s soaring And then in silence there with Me be only You (2002). The concert includes a world premiere by Aaron Helgeson based on Kazim Ali’s translation of Marguerite Duras’ L’Amour.

This Sunday, December 18th at 3 pm on WRTI, Symphony in C joins with the Greater South Jersey Chorus in a performance of George Frederick Handel’s Messiah. Recorded live December 10th, this concert brings to life the well-loved 274-year-old masterpiece, called “truly immortal” by Symphony in C’s music director, Stilian Kirov.

Credit: Felix Broede

Join us this Sunday on WRTI for a mini festival of Russian favorites, as Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève returns to the Verizon Hall podium to conduct The Philadelphians. Download our new App to listen wherever you are in the world!

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