Classical Coffeehouse with Debra Lew Harder

Saturdays, 6 am to 12 noon on WRTI 90.1 and WRTI.org

What goes beautifully with your Saturday morning French Roast or Double Cappuccino? The perfect blend of music! So start off your weekend by listening to Classical Coffeehouse with Debra Lew Harder, with bright music that soothes and uplifts your soul— carefully brewed to bring you harmony and happiness every Saturday morning. Breathe deeply and enjoy the aroma...

And there’s more. YOU get to choose our Classical Coffeehouse Special Saturday Espresso! Every week, vote here from a selection of three musical “roasts”— works you know and love by the great composers. Cast your vote any day throughout the week, before 9 am on Saturday, and then at 10 am Debra will play the winner for you to savor.

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Hailed as "ardently angelic" by The Los Angeles Times, and "champions of new music" by The New York Times, the 2018 Grammy-winning choir The Crossing is at the forefront of the choral community.

In its new CD, Grammy-winning choir The Crossing sings Lansing McLoskey's oratorio, Zealot Canticles. WRTI's Susan Lewis talks with The Crossing's conductor Donald Nally about the poetry, choral writing, and social issues that converge in this work.

October 1, 2018. Over-practicing is always dangerous, even for a superstar pianist with seemingly invincible technique. In April, 2017, when Lang Lang announced an intractable left arm injury due to “a stupid practice of Ravel’s left hand concerto,” many worried that he would never be able to return to the concert stage at all, let alone with his signature, over-the-top exuberance.

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Classical music and jazz fans, we're looking for your support! The WRTI Fall Member Drive is all about coming together to champion great music on the radio and in our community. When you join as a sustaining member or increase your current monthly contribution, WRTI's staff will buy a recorder for a child  in the School District of Philadelphia! Sign up online or call 1-866-809-9784.

Join me on September 29th from 6 AM to noon for a glorious morning of music, including works by Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo. Gregg Whiteside will be co-hosting the show, so it will be extra delighful.

September 10, 2018. A happy and healthy New Year to all our listeners celebrating the Jewish High Holidays! And for ALL our listeners, here’s our delightful Album of the Week: Between Worlds with Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital.

Avital is acclaimed for his recordings of Baroque classical masters J.S. Bach and Vivaldi. Between Worlds, released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2014, is something entirely different.

September 3, 2018. When was the last time you heard the sound of the solo flute, without accompaniment of any kind for an entire album? Monotonous? On the contrary, The Telemann Files, with flutist Jasmine Choi captivates the listener from start to finish. Her 2015 release of the complete Fantasias for Solo Flute by Georg Philipp Telemann is our Album of the Week.

Opera star Renée Fleming sang the Irish ballad "Danny Boy" at the memorial service for the late U.S. Sen. John McCain on Saturday, September 1, 2018. Senator McCain, who died August 25 of brain cancer, asked that Ms. Fleming sing the song at his memorial service, which will took place at the Washington National Cathedral.

August 27, 2018. Nineteen-year old British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has been riding a media wave since winning the BBC Young Musician competition in 2016. Millions watched his performance this past May at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Sheku’s debut recording, Inspiration, released earlier this year by London-Decca, is our album of the week.

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