Debra Lew Harder

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While Easter has inspired Bach's Saint Matthew Passion and many other beloved classical works, the holiday of Passover—being celebrated by millions of the Jewish faith this week—claims no famous pieces in the concert repertoire. WRTI's Debra Lew Harder explores why, and finds out what music you can find at a seder.

Why are we drawn to a good tune? Find out as WRTI Classical Host Debra Lew Harder sits down at the piano in the WRTI Performance Studio and plays selections from her new concert and conversation program, The Human Need for Melody, and chats with WRTI’s Susan Lewis.


Listen to Grammy-nominated composer Curt Cacioppo perform at the piano with Italian violinist Francesco D’Orazio and French horn player David Wetherill ahead of a concert at Haverford College—which is part of a series that celebrates the bicentennial of Walt Whitman. Debra Lew Harder is host.

Why do we love a good melody? How does a good melody stick in our brains and make us feel things we can’t even put into words? And what does the latest scientific research show about how listening to music and melody improves our overall health?

Listen to the WRTI performance of Jasmine Choi, praised as “the goddess of flute" by Korea Times, with Hugh Sung at the piano in an enchanting program with host Debra Lew Harder.

Get in the mood for Saint Patrick's Day! Recorded live in the WRTI performance studio, Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane plays music from his new album, The Celtic Lute. WRTI's Debra Lew Harder is host.

WRTI looks at the origins of this beautiful ballad, its mysteries, and why it is sung to convey deeply felt emotion and love during times of mourning.

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Praised by the L.A. Times for her “fluid and glistening orchestration,” Andrea Clearfield has written more than 150 works that have been performed widely throughout the United States and around the world. And she’s based right here in Philadelphia—where she’s actively involved in the music scene, and has won innumerable awards.

In case you missed it, check out the in-depth story about WRTI 90.1 spotlighted in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday, February 24th.

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Listen to a live performance from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio by cellist Timotheos Petrin, an Astral artist. WRTI's Debra Lew Harder was host and accompanied Tim at the piano. This dynamic, young Greek cellist presented a program of lyricism, lush harmony, and energy.

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