Classical Music

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Although Handel’s Messiah is now regularly performed during the Christmas holidays, the work was actually premiered in the spring before Easter. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the fantastically successful masterpiece, which was created by necessity in just 24 days over two centuries ago.

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As more festivals, performances and concerts are canceled due to the coronavirus shutdown, musicians of all stripes and sizes are taking to social and streaming platforms to play live for their fans,

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WRTI is proud to announce that Joshua Jackson has been hired to lead content and programming across its varied platforms as the station’s associate general manager for content.

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It's so easy to find oneself attracted to the music of Franz Schubert. His unmatched gift for lyricism makes him so approachable, so comprehensible; and we feel ourselves being pulled into his musical world—in my case, at a very early age. 

Stay tuned to WRTI all day as we share classical music that’s sure to keep you calm and focused as you stuff that bird or keep Uncle Doug from “testing out” dessert before dinner. Set the table with Mark Pinto from 6 to 10 AM, and then Bliss Michelson takes over from 10 AM to 2 PM as you’re warming up those sweet potatoes. Just in time for the guests, we’re serving up four hours of Thanksgiving specials to create the perfect musical backdrop for your gathering.

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Want to hear something very scary? On Halloween, WRTI brings you all sorts of eery classical music and jazz inspired by witches, ghosts, and the supernatural!

September is here, and that means summer vacation is over for students throughout our region. But on WRTI, the fun continues! Join us the week of September 2nd to hear music by young artists from the Philadelphia area and beyond as we welcome back School Days.

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As we mark the 50th anniversary of the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, let's look at the role of music in lunar spaceflight—from music used to wake up space travelers, to astronauts' personal playlists, to music representing life on Earth.

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Every fourth for the Fourth! What’s that, you say? This Independence Day, join WRTI to celebrate our nation’s birthday with a classical playlist not to be missed from 6 AM to 6 PM. Every fourth piece (at least!) is by an American composer.

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Love. It smacks us in the head, simmers when it’s cooking, and smolders when it’s over. The music we associate with love does, too. We asked WRTI hosts to give us their takes on the classical music and jazz that fuels the many emotions of love.

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