Classical Music

Prolific film composer Michel Legrand wrote "The Summer Knows," the theme for the film Summer of '42, which won an Academy Award in 1971 for Best Original Dramatic Score. The theme song won a Grammy the same year for Best Instrumental Composition and became a standard recorded by a variety of artists. Watch these videos of the song, showing the music’s enduring and wide-ranging appeal across musical genres.

The Power of Music to Transcend Our Differences

Jun 5, 2020

Every moment of every day that you listen to WRTI is a shared cultural experience with many people who do not look like you, don’t live in your neighborhood, didn’t go to the same school, may not have voted for the same person, don’t share the same socioeconomic status, and certainly don’t have the same life story.

Chris Lee/Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin loves Mahler's Symphony No.5 for many reasons. One is that it's a work that epitomizes everything that orchestral music can be. 

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Join WRTI on Memorial Day as we mark the occasion and honor those who serve with a line-up of American music and local artists you won’t want to miss!

May 11, 2020. If you listen to WRTI's weekday feature Flix@5, you're likely familiar with the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957), whose scores for films include Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk, The Sea Wolf, Kings Row, and Of Human Bondage. Korngold was one of the most important film composers in the history of Hollywood; his music for The Adventures of Robin Hood won him an Academy Award in 1939.

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May 1, 2020

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Join us on Thursday, April 16th for the first-ever Public Radio Music Day on WRTI.

Some people respond to suffering by turning it into art. That's true even with the harrowing experience of a pandemic.

In the early 1400s, an Englishman named John Cooke composed Stella celi, a hymn to the Virgin Mary referencing the Black Plague which, according to some sources, wiped out half of Europe. Its text speaks of the "ulcers of a terrible death" but also the assurance that "the star of heaven ... has rooted out the plague."

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While we practice important social distancing to keep everyone healthy and safe, we don’t have to be isolated. We can share in the experience of listening to great music, much of it created by musicians in our own region.

Lisa Marie Mazzucco

The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt, and the Passover seder is filled with music that celebrates liberation and freedom. Join us on Saturday, April 11th from 11 AM to 12 noon on WRTI 90.1 FM as violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel.

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