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Listen to this Celestial Music as You Watch the Eclipse


Solar eclipse fever has seized America! And whether you're watching outside with "eclipse glasses," or inside—on TV or online—WRTI is here to keep you company with great music inspired by the heavens! 

It's the first time in nearly 100 years that the moon will move between the earth and the sun in this path: a total solar eclipse will occur for people in a geographical sash from the Pacific Northwest to the Atlantic Southeast. Many outside the path of "totality" will experience a partial eclipse.

Join us as we mark this astronomical phenomenon with some of our favorite celestial music!

On Sunday night, Jeff Duperon will get you into the sky-watching mood with tunes like "Solar," " Eclipse," and The Bad Plus version of "Staring at the Sun."

On Monday, Gregg Whiteside, Jack Moore, and Kevin Gordon will play some of the classical greats inspired by the sun, the moon, the stars and the planets:

The Sun:

Carl Nielsen – HeliosOverture

Rimsky-Korsakov – “Hymn to the Sun”

Haydn – String Quartet Op 20, Nr 1, “Sun”


The Moon:

Beethoven – Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op 27, Nr 2, “Moonlight”

Debussy – Clair de lune




Dvorak – Rusalka –“O Lovely Moon”

Vilem Blodek – "Moonrise"

Puccini – Turandot – “Hymn to the Moon”

George McKay – From a Moonlit Ceremony

Paul McCartney – Ocean's Kingdom: “Moonrise”


The Stars:

John Williams – Star Wars Theme music

Aaron Jay Kernis – Musica celestis


The Planets:

Gustav Holst –The Planets

Wenzel Pichel – Mars Symphony

Mozart – Jupiter Symphony


Join us for a sensational solar eclipse night and day, with  WRTI-FM, or online at wrti.org! 

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.