Felix Mendelssohn

Stéphane Gallois

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs one of the most remarkable symphonies ever written, Symphonie Fantastique of Hector Berlioz, on WRTI, Sunday August 16th at 1 PM on 90.1 and Monday, August 17th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

Simon Fowler

Wikipedia Commons

J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is a monumental oratorio that fell into obscurity for decades after Bach's death in 1750. Composer Felix Mendelssohn's production of the work in 1829 helped spark the modern Bach revival. Susan Lewis considers Bach’s life and work.

WRTI Classical Host Mark Pinto, a tenor who sings in a bunch of local choirs, is performing with the Wayne Oratorio Society in a performance of Felix Mendelssohn's ELIJAH on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th at 7:30 PM at the Wayne Presbyterian Church in Wayne, PA. Mark's lovely wife Donna, a soprano, will also be singing. 

October 14, 2019. It’s all in the family—a phrase that has rung true many, many times in classical music, past and present. Looking back to the 18th century, the extended Bach family and the Haydn brothers, Joseph and Michael, have long been evidence of music as a family affair.

August 12, 2019. Summer nights feel especially precious now that we’re well into August, and summer twilights seem magical. The "blue hour"—that last period of day when the sun has set, but residual light gives the sky a soft, bluish shade—this time and mood is captured in a recent album of the same name by clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer and pianist Yuja Wang.

Jan Regan Photography/Holger Hage

On Sunday, March 10th from 2 to 4 PM, WRTI 90.1 comes to you LIVE from the broadcast booth at Verizon Hall for The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert. The Fabulous Philadelphians will play works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Schubert. Listen again on March 11th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

WRTI honors the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and joins with those in our community who remember them, with special music on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Thursday, April 12, starting at 10 am.

Reformation and Mendelssohn and Bach

Oct 31, 2017
Kile Smith

Anniversaries bump into each other on this Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, Saturday from 5 to 6 pm on WRTI. It’s year 500 since the beginning of the Reformation, almost to the day, when Martin Luther posted 95 theological and ecclesiastical points he wished to debate with all comers. Nobody dared to take him up on it, but from the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church in 1517 a revolution in religion, humanism, freedom, and language swept across the world. And it was accompanied by music.

The Connections of Niels Gade

Aug 30, 2017

Coming up on Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, Saturday, September 2nd, 5 to 6 pm: Part of the joy of producing Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection is in the finding of connections. We’ve seen, for instance, how the German-English Frederick Delius became a real composer in 1884 by living in Florida, and we idly notice that this is the same year Niels Gade wrote Holbergiana, his tribute to the great writer Ludvig Holberg. This of course reminds us of the famous Holberg Suite of Edvard Grieg. We see that it, too, was written in 1884, and we wonder why.

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