Fourth of July

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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.

July 1, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Band's compilation album The Best of the Jazz Heritage Series, Volume I features steallar guest artists including Walt Weiskopf, Doc Severinsen, and Al Jarreau.

As we remember our War of Independence from Great Britain, you might be surprised to know that Americans deployed a surprising secret weapon—music. WRTI's Debra Lew Harder has more.

Meet the jazz greats, A to Z, this Independence Day weekend... how American is that? From Armstrong all the way to Washington and beyond, join WRTI starting on Friday, July 1st at 6 pm through the entire Fourth of July holiday with the Jazz A to Z Weekend.

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and on the big day, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture will be heard from coast to coast, complete with fireworks and cannons. But how did a Russian composition, depicting the rout of Napoleon's Army, end up as the unofficial soundtrack for our most quintessentially American holiday?

Welcome America

Jul 3, 2006

WRTI's Jim Hilgen looks at what has been called the "Largest Celebration of America's Birthday," Philadelphia's Welcome America Celebration.