Debra Lew Harder

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.

Wanna party with WRTI? Come to our block party with Astral Artists for a fun, free afternoon of music played by some of the world’s most dynamic young musicians, outdoors in Center City.

Amanda Westcott

Listen to this sneak preview of the WRTI 90.1/Astral Artists block party with dynamic young musicians Christine Lamprea, cello, and Xavier Foley, double-bass playing live in the WRTI Performance Studio hosted by Debra Lew Harder.


Do you love the music of J.S. Bach? Yes? Then here's a chance to listen to his Brandenburg Concertos in a way you’ve probably 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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