Classical Music

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Looking for an extra dose of hope, good tidings, and cheer this holiday season? Never fear, WRTI is here! A sleighful of music is on its way and your WRTI companions Bliss, Mark and Melinda are on hand every step of the way.

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You're invited to experience the music of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with WRTI.

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All of your friends at WRTI wish you a peaceful and joyful Thanksgiving. We're so happy to bring you this very special Thanksgiving playlist—selected lovingly by our hosts and content staff. It's music we can all be grateful for.

October 12, 2020. The clarinetist and saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, winner of a dozen Grammy awards, has nothing but superlatives for Wayne Marshall, chief conductor of the WDR Funkhausorchester in Cologne. D’Rivera’s contribution to Born to Play—Marshall’s swan song after a decade with the orchestra—complements the main course, works by George Gershwin.

On Halloween day during Classical Coffeehouse with Debra Lew Harder, tune in from 6 am to 12 noon to hear music of the mysterious night—of the supernatural! Musical ghosts will appear, guaranteed to give you scary good chills.

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The Martians are coming! Join us the week of October 26th leading up to Halloween for some super scary and extraterrestrial classical and jazz fun on WRTI. It’s Alien Invasion Week, so get set for music that's out of this world.

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!

It’s a party, and you’re invited! The 3rd Annual WRTI & Astral Block Party has moved from Walnut Street,—where we’ve hosted hundreds of fans for the past two years—to WRTI 90.1 and streaming at wrti.org, where thousands can listen safely.

In the orchestra world, conducting and music directing are still male-dominated fields. In the United States, less than 10% of orchestras are directed by women. In Europe, the figure for major orchestras is less than 6%.

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We wish all of our listeners celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur a Happy and Healthy New Year. Join us on WRTI 90.1 during the High Holiday season for music that will elevate one and all.

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