Gregg Whiteside

Classical Host

As one of New York City's most popular radio personalities, Gregg delighted listeners as WQXR FM's chief announcer and on-air host of the morning drive-time show for over 20 years. His credentials are lengthy - he is the former national voice of live broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic and the commercial voice of The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Former host of live intermission features for The Metropolitan Opera Radio Network, Gregg also narrated the PBS special Pavarotti and the Italian Tenor, Classic Views video magazine, the feature film Royal Kalibur, and the documentary Montserrat Caballe, Beyond Music. Gregg performed with F. Murray Abraham and George Plimpton in the Pierpont Morgan's 9/11 Memorial Tribute. The list goes on...

Currently, Gregg is the voice of PBS' series Keeping Score with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. He also produces and hosts the nationally syndicated music and information program Making Music in Monaco.

Gregg can be heard weekdays from 6 to 10 am.

Recent announcement about selection of Gregg Whiteside as official weekday morning classical host on WRTI

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
2:01 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Easter Sunday at 1 PM

J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion originally premiered on Good Friday in 1727.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts one of the supreme monuments in Western music, and the work that initiated the great rediscovery of Bach’s music when the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn conducted it in Berlin in 1829 – the St. Matthew Passion.

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
1:08 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Music from Russian Dance! April 13, 1 PM

French conductor Stephane Deneve

Guest conductor Stephane Deneve leads the Philadelphians in a program from last month at Verizon Hall, dedicated to Russian dance music.

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
11:34 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: All Rachmaninoff! April 6, 1 PM

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Join us for an all-Rachmaninoff program this Sunday at 1 pm, on the radio at 90.1 FM and around the world at wrti.org. The Philadelphians perform Rachmaninoff’s choral-symphonic setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting poem, The Bells, which received its U.S. premiere here in Philadelphia in 1920 with Leopold Stokowski conducting.

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
3:54 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Ax Plays Bach, Jurowski Conducts: The Philadelphians In Concert on WRTI, March 30, 1 PM

Russian conductor Vladmir Jurowski

This Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI 90.1 FM, led by Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski, brings us two works by J.S. Bach, performed at Verizon Hall this past February, that give us a taste of the Baroque equivalents of the symphony and the concerto - the Orchestral Suite No. 2, and the Keyboard Concerto No. 1, more modest in size, but no less ambitious in vision.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
12:29 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

The Philadelphians on WRTI: Pianist Andreas Haefliger Plays Beethoven, March 23, 1 PM

Pianist Andreas Haefliger
Marco Borggreve

Conductor Donald Runnicles will be back here in Philadelphia next week to conduct the Orchestra in works by Benjamin Britten, Arvo Part, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We’ll look ahead to those performances by looking back this coming Sunday at 1 pm, as we bring you an archival broadcast from a concert in February of 2005, which saw Maestro Runnicles on the podium conducting the Orchestra in the year he made his debut with the Philadelphians, directing works by Beethoven and Elgar.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
11:08 am
Fri March 14, 2014

The Russians Are Coming! The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: March 16 at 1 PM

Listen to Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev's debut concert with the Philadelphians this Sunday, March 16 at 1 pm.

This Sunday at 1 pm it's the third and final week of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s January Tchaikovsky Celebration on WRTI. The young Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev will be on the podium for his Philadelphia Orchestra debut, leading the Philadelphians in works by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky-Ravel, and Rimsky-Korsakov.

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Cristian Macelaru Conducts The Philadelphians
1:07 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: A Dazzling Performance by Cellist Hai-Ye Ni, March 9, 1 PM

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Cellist Hai-Ye Ni

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Tchaikovsky celebration from this past January continues on WRTI this Sunday at 1 pm with Associate Conductor Cristian Macelaru joined by Principal Cellist Hai-Ye

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
11:57 am
Wed February 26, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra Plays Tchaikovsky and Liadov on WRTI: March 2 at 1 PM

British conductor Robin Ticciati returns after his acclaimed debut with the Philadelphians in 2012.
Marco Borggreve

This Sunday, March 2 at 1 PM, WRTI broadcasts a Philadelphia Orchestra concert from January that was part of the first week of a three-week celebration of works by Tchaikovsky and his contemporaries.

British conductor Robin Ticciati returns to Philadelphia after a highly acclaimed debut in 2012. The young maestro launches the celebration with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, taking us on an emotional journey toward an exhilarating affirmation of life’s joys.

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WRTI Spotlight
9:52 am
Fri February 14, 2014

LIVE on WRTI: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Johannes Moser, Yannick, Beethoven, Feb. 23 at 2 PM

German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser

Johannes Moser speaks with WRTI's Susan Lewis during intermission.

Yannick speaks with WRTI's Jim Cotter about the program.

Sunday, February 23rd at 2 pm, Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra LIVE from Verizon Hall on WRTI, in a program culminating in Beethoven's monumental Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” originally intended as a grand and heroic tribute to Napoleon. Upon learning, however, that Napoleon had crowned himself Emperor of all Europe, Beethoven scratched out the dedication with such vigor that he tore through the paper. This is music that succeeds in creating a new architecture for the symphonic form, and it supplied ignition for the Romantic style in music.

Also on the program, Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings, which opens with a haunting rhythm clearly quoting the funeral march of Beethoven’s “Eroica.” The intensity and pathos is that of a mature composer, nearing the end of his career, who has witnessed the World War II destruction of Europe, and stands in stark contrast  to compositions of the younger Strauss we've heard in earlier broadcasts this season.

Filling out the program is Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, written for the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and given its U.S. premiere (and first recording) by him with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy in 1959.  Our soloist is German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser, a young virtuoso, who is graciously filling in for cellist Truls Mork. Mork has withdrawn from his appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra on February 20 - 23 because of a skiing accident. (He is expected to make a full recovery!) Moser will perform this fiendish concerto, which, like the 10th and 11th symphonies heard elsewhere in the season, was written following the death of Stalin, and marks a return to greater creative freedom for Shostakovich.

Here's Johannes Moser performing in 2011. During intermission, WRTI's Susan Lewis will speak with the young cellist, who made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Philadelphians on Friday night.

Program:
Strauss - Metamorphosen
Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 1
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica")
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Johannes Moser - Cello

That's the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI - LIVE - Sunday, February 23rd at 2 pm - one hour later than usual.  Don't miss it!

You can listen to our 90.1 FM broadcast, or online here.

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.

The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
3:23 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Schumann, Mork, Sawallisch and The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI, Feb 16 at 1 PM

Cellist Truls Mork

This Sunday at 1 pm, it's a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert archival broadcast celebrating the legacy of the Orchestra’s late conductor laureate, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and featuring Norwegian cellist Truls Mork.

In this concert, recorded in 2002 at Verizon Hall, Mork will play the Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor. Also on the program, the Manfred Overture, and the Symphony No. 4 – all Schumann, and conducted by Maestro Sawallisch in memorable performances just a few years before his last appearance with the Philadelphians.

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