Classical New Releases

Saturdays, after the opera

Your host Mark Pinto spotlights notable new classical recordings and other additions to WRTI’s ever-expanding classical music library. You’ll hear renowned international performers alongside acclaimed local artists and ensembles in music you already know and music Mark thinks you should. He always puts together a varied, entertaining, and informative mix. Whenever the opera ends on Saturday afternoons, check out Classical New Releases with Mark Pinto!

Kevin Vondrak

Premiered in late 2019, and digitally released in April, 2021, A Native Hill provides solace and reflection about our human place in the natural world. British composer Gavin Bryars wrote the music to text by American environmentalist Wendell Berry, specifically for the voices in the Philadelphia-based professional chamber choir, The Crossing, and presented it as a gift to the ensemble.

Courtesy of Michael Tilson Thomas

Before stepping down 10 months ago at age 75, the San Francisco Symphony’s (SFS) Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) owned the longest active tenure of any music director of a major American orchestra; he’d held the position since 1995. Though he’s played piano, composed, and conducted at an elite level since his teenage years, Tilson Thomas has always been more than the classical music wunderkind who grew up to become the great maestro. There was a piece of himself he’d inherited, a piece that hadn’t necessarily been ignored but hadn’t been foregrounded in his work either.

Mark Morris

Let’s get one thing out of the way first, in case there is any doubt: “Women Composers” is not a genre. Neither is “music by women,” as a category, written with any different level of skill or sensitivity than is “music by men.”

Getty Images/Andreas Rentz

Join us as we mark the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven with some of his most treasured works, as well as much that he inspired in the generations that followed.

Join the fun for this year's Opera Day when we make you, our listeners, the stars of the show! Debra Lew Harder, Bliss Michelson, Mark Pinto, and Melinda Whiting will be your hosts for 12 hours of all things operatic on Saturday, November 14th from 6 am to 6 pm.

Opera fans, take note! WRTI's Annual Opera Day is coming up on Saturday, November 14th. This year, to make it extra special, we're taking your requests!

WRTI Classical Host Mark Pinto, a tenor who sings in a bunch of local choirs, is performing with the Wayne Oratorio Society in a performance of Felix Mendelssohn's ELIJAH on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th at 7:30 PM at the Wayne Presbyterian Church in Wayne, PA. Mark's lovely wife Donna, a soprano, will also be singing. 

Wanna party with WRTI? Come to our block party with Astral for a fun, free afternoon of music played by rising classical stars, outdoors in the Midtown Village section of Center City, Philadelphia.

January 1, 2019. Welcome to 2019! Let's start the year off right and re-visit the New Year’s Concert 2018 with the Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti.

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