Debra Lew Harder

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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 legendary Broadway musical writing team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II produced their final show together, The Sound of Music, nine months before Hammerstein passed away of cancer. Yet throughout all the songs of the show, there’s a great sense of hope and optimism.

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Join us on Sunday, February 14th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, February 15th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear a fabulously romantic Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from 2019. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Sergei Prokofiev’s brilliant take on Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.

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Born in New York City to German-Jewish immigrants, Lorenz Hart penned some of Broadway’s most haunting, sophisticated lyrics. At age 24, he began collaborating with composer Richard Rodgers who was 17 at the time.

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A Valentine’s weekend request show is in the works! WRTI Classical Hosts Debra Lew Harder and Mark Pinto will play your requests and dedications on Saturday, February 13th from 6 AM to 1 PM, during a very special edition of Saturday Morning Classical Coffeehouse and Overture.


Continuing WRTI 90.1’s tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the dynamic baritone Keith Spencer joined us on in 2019 for a program that explored the rich musical legacy of the African-American experience, with host Debra Lew Harder.

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WRTI's weekly feature—Friday Choral Connection—spotlights the heavenly voices of three of Philadelphia’s most esteemed choirs. Tune in every Friday at 1:30 PM to hear choral music at its best. You'll hear performances by Choral Arts Philadelphia, The Crossing, and Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia, all recorded live in concert from their recent seasons.

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Join us on Sunday, December 6th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, December 7th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear a 2018 concert broadcast from the Orchestra’s British Isles Festival conducted by Fabio Luisi.

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As a boy, Sergei Rachmaninoff often visited his grandmother’s house in the country, where he was mesmerized by the sound of church bells. And although he claimed he was not a religious man, the pianist and composer was influenced by that memory—the music and the bells of the Russian Orthodox Church gave him inspiration for one of his greatest works, his “All-Night Vigil” for à capella choir.

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Join us on four Sundays in November, from 4 to 6 PM, to hear the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra in concerts recorded live at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. You’ll hear some of the most talented young musicians in our region, playing with exceptional soloists—including WRTI's Debra Lew Harder—and conducted by PYO Music Director Louis Scaglione. Your host is WRTI's Kevin Gordon with program commentary by Maestro Scaglione.

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