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Tune in on May 9th from 6 am to 12 noon for a Mother's Day Weekend edition of Saturday Morning Classical Coffeehouse featuring music by women composers and performers, as well as classical favorites and surprises.

The wise 92-year-old, internationally renowned conductor Herbert Blomstedt said recently in an interview:  “Music is a very spiritual art. I don’t say religious; it’s spiritual, because music exists only in the air.”

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Join us on Sunday, December 1st at 4 PM to hear The Crossing, Philadelphia’s two-time Grammy-winning  professional choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. This week's show features works by Gavin Bryars in both live and studio recordings. Listen at 90.1 FM, online at WRTI.org, and on the WRTI App.

November 25, 2019 Satchmo. Dippermouth. Pops. All nicknames used to address one of the most influential artists in jazz history—Louis Armstrong.  To honor the anniversary of Armstrong’s birth in New Orleans in 1901, Verve Records released an amazing four-disc set back in 2018 showcasing the legend’s unique vocal style. Pops Is Tops: The Verve Studio Albums is truly tops!

This Is a Beautiful Song to Celebrate Mother's Day

May 8, 2019
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Known especially for his New World Symphony and Slavonic Dances, Czech composer Antonín Dvořák wrote a song about motherhood for piano and voice that has become a standard for opera singers around the world.

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It was the summer of 1934. At his villa in Switzerland near Lake Lucerne, Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 comprised of 24 variations. The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski, premiered the work in November, 1934 with Rachmaninoff himself as soloist in Baltimore. It was an immediate success.