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.

For bass John T.K. Scherch, radio announcing became the perfect complement to his budding career as a classical singer. Now fulfilling both dreams, he’s the new voice you’ll hear each weekday morning from 6 to 10 AM on WRTI 90.1. We’re excited to welcome him to our radio family starting the week of June 28th, 2021. On Tuesday, June 29th, tune in a little after 8 AM when John will be introduced on the air.

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It was in 1832 that the great virtuoso violinist Niccolò Paganini—also an extraordinary violist—became the proud new owner of a Stradivarius viola. Wanting to show it off, but frustrated by the lack of concertos featuring the instrument, he commissioned Hector Berlioz to write a work that would help him put his purchase on display.

courtesy of Donald Nally

Pre-pandemic, Donald Nally was busy teaching and conducting exceptional singers in two cities 800 miles apart, taking regular flights between Chicago, where he directs the choral organizations at Northwestern University, and Philadelphia, where he leads the Grammy-winning ensemble, The Crossing.  In this TIME IN interview, he talks about the power of singing together, his insights from nature, and life decisions about going forward as the world begins to open up. 

Courtesy of Singing City Choir

Good news for fans of the Philadelphia region's choral music scene! By popular demand, our Friday Choral Connection, which airs every Friday at 1:30 PM, will be extended into June. And we’ve expanded our offerings to include four more choirs.

The Story Behind the Famous Bugle Call, "Taps"

May 27, 2021
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The powerful sound of a bugler playing “Taps” is a call to remember those who gave their lives in the service of the United States.

Jessica Griffin/Philadelphia Orchestra

On Sunday, May 30th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, May 31st at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts an emotionally charged work by composer, jazz trumpeter and educator Hannibal Lokumbe, commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra and given its world premiere back in 2015.

What’s a spiritatorio? Composer Hannibal Lokumbe coined the term to describe his recent oratorio, which reflects on science, spirituality, and the human condition. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on One Land, One River, One People, for orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists.

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Join us on Sunday, May 23rd at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, May 24th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear The Philadelphia Orchestra perform Gustav Mahler’s last completed composition, which he lived neither to premiere nor even rehearse: his Symphony No. 9.

May 17, 2021. Recorded before the 2020 shutdown, and released with the end of the pandemic almost in sight, Hilary Hahn’s album Paris reminds us of the power of music to uplift and connect us. 

Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on Sunday, May 16th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, May 17th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 begins and ends with the colors of Hungarian folk music, and features the first Philadelphia performance of a concerto by Jennifer Higdon back in early 2018.