Debra Lew Harder


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. 

Dario Acosta

People light up when you recognize and value them. To have high regard for the individual and to understand their contribution: that’s been my guidepost. If people feel they’re striving for the same goal as everyone around them, it creates a wonderful sense of unity.”

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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.

Many WRTI listeners tell us that their fathers introduced them to the joys of music. My own dad, a terrific amateur tenor, did the same for me. He played opera full blast on our home stereo speakers at 6 am to wake us kids, and listened to me practice the piano when I was little.

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Renowned local composer Andrea Clearfield hosts a discussion of the music salon in 18th-century Germany, and Trio MiReSol—with pianist Debra Lew Harder—plays music of J.S. Bach and Fanny Mendelssohn on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7 pm at Ivy Hall.


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If you haven’t yet heard the resonant, rich sound of the solo double bass in concert, now’s your chance. On Friday, January 26th at noon, the superb, young double bass soloist and composer Xavier Foley will play LIVE from WRTI 90.1’s performance studio. 

On Tuesday, January 9th at noon, a trio from the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia performed Robert Schumann’s Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Movement 3, and Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro for Viola and Piano Live on WRTI 90.1.

Musicians from ASTRAL, LIVE on WRTI 90.1!

Oct 18, 2017

Something special happened on WRTI 90.1 on Thursday, October 19th! We hosted on the air, two amazingly talented young musicians from ASTRAL, a Philadelphia-based mentoring program that specializes in developing the early careers of extraordinary classical artists. 

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