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...

But wait, 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.

Ways to Connect

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.

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.

August 20, 2018. Our featured album is not one, but a trove of sixteen albums in a box set called This is Leonard Bernstein: His Greatest Recordings. Released for the 100th birthday celebration of America’s most multifaceted musical genius, this carefully curated collection reveals Bernstein as conductor, composer, and pianist.


If you love the music of J.S. Bach, listen to his Brandenburg Concertos in a way you’ve never heard before. Pianist Eleonor Bindman, praised by The New York Times for her “impressive clarity of purpose and a full grasp of the music’s spirit,” performs selections from her impressive piano 4-hand arrangement of the Brandenburg Concertos with host Debra Lew Harder. 

August 13, 2018.  On their new album, Israeli-American cellist Inbal Segev and Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen combine their artistry in three ultra-Romantic works. Released this summer, Chopin, Schumann and Grieg features their interpretation of sonatas by Chopin and Grieg, and Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op. 73.

August 6, 2018.  Our album of the week explores the pleasures and comforts of home through the beauty of the harp played by Elizabeth Hainen, principal harp of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Released in 2017, her album Home gives listeners an intimate taste of wide-ranging repertoire, from Couperin to Sting—music she turns to when she’s playing at home.

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Bonjour! Perhaps it’s French food you savor—a crusty baguette with a delicious frommage, a refreshing glass of French vin. Perhaps French couture or architecture delights you, or French art. At WRTI 90.1, our listeners adore French music, whose hallmarks are elegance, clarity, and devotion to sonic beauty.

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