Classical Weekdays

Monday through Friday, 6 am to 6 pm

WRTI brings you the best recordings of works from the vast world of classical music every weekday from 6 am to 6 pm. Chamber music, symphonies, choral works, violin concertos, piano sonatas, and more...engagingly presented with insight and a smile by our knowledgeable hosts.

Playlists are below.

Chris Lee/Philadelphia Orchestra

Join host Gregg Whiteside in October on Sundays at 1 pm, and Mondays at 7 pm on HD-2, as our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, take you to Saratoga Springs to hear highlights of four concerts from August—recorded live at the town's outdoor amphitheater nestled into a hillside on the grounds of Saratoga Spa State Park.


David Ludwig, described by The Philadelphia Inquirer as "a composer with something urgent to say," has a new monodrama set to a text by poet Katie Ford, exploring a medieval spiritual practice called "Anchorism." Join us for highlights from The Anchoress a day before its world premiere. WRTI's Susan Lewis hosts the composer, poet, soprano Hyunah Yu, Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, and PRISM Quartet in the WRTI Performance Studio on Tuesday, October 16 at 12:10 PM.

Kevin Vondriak

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.

Among his accolades, pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been praised by The Washington Post for his "pianistic eloquence with a special gift for commentary." Host of Keyboard Conversations, the touring series of concerts with commentary, Siegel plays and talks about Leonard Bernstein and his music with WRTI’s Kevin Gordon in advance of his appearance at the Kimmel Center. 

Over two decades ago in 1997, when violinist Hilary Hahn was 17, she made a celebrated recording debut, Hilary Hahn Plays Bach. That year, Hahn told NPR about her enthusiasm for Bach's music.

"There's nothing I really wanted to record more than Bach," Hahn said. "I can work on it for a long time and keep discovering more things that surprise me every time."

Skillful young athletes might get their career bearings on a pro team, but what’s the equivalent for promising artists in the classical music world? One organization has mentored some of the best in the field, including guitarist Jason Vieaux, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, flutist Mimi Stillman, soprano Angela Meade, and the string trio Time For Three.

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.

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