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 Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
1:05 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninoff with The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: Feb. 9 at 1 PM

Yuja Wang plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 on this week's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast.

Both Sergei Rachmaninoff and Richard Strauss had long and fruitful relationships with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Rachmaninoff’s began in 1909 with his first appearance in this country at the Academy of Music. He would go on to write pieces specifically for the Orchestra, and collaborated in landmark recordings, including his Piano Concerto No.3 that opens this Sunday's broadcast, from a concert this past November.

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
3:10 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

The Philadelphians on WRTI: David Kim Plays Tchaikovsky, Cristian Macelaru Conducts, Feb. 2, 1 PM

hiladelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor Cristian Macelaru

Join us this Sunday at 1 pm for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast of a Verizon Hall performance first heard in mid-December, and offering two delightful pieces by Tchaikovsky that feature Concertmaster David Kim as soloist: the Serenade Melancholique, and Valse-Scherzo - both personally meaningful works to Mr. Kim, who was the only American awarded a prize at the 1986 quadrennial Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
8:23 am
Sun January 26, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Helene Grimaud Plays Brahms, Jan. 26 at 1 PM

Pianist Helene Grimaud

This past December, Michael Tilson Thomas, substituting on short notice for an ailing Yannick Nezet-Seguin, joined pianist  Hélène Grimaud for a Philadelphia Orchestra concert that featured the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, and the Symphonie fantastique of Hector Berlioz. The concert had been performed only days earlier at Carnegie Hall in New York, and the reviews were sensational.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
1:06 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

In Concert with Sawallisch and The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2005: January 19 at 1 PM on WRTI

Wolfgang Sawallisch (1923-2013)

Listen to WRTI 90.1 FM at 1 pm on Sunday for a special archival Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from February 19, 2005. On the podium is the Orchestra’s former Music Director Wolfgang Sawallisch, just 2 weeks before his last appearance with the Philadelphians.

On the program that day were Hindemith’s Concert Music for Strings and Brass, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D, played brilliantly by the Orchestra's Concertmaster David Kim, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 - all works that were special to the late Maestro.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
2:56 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Itzhak Perlman Conducts and Performs With The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: January 12 at 1 PM

Violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman

Classical music icon Itzhak Perlman is conductor and violin soloist in this live recorded concert from late November, 2013 at the Kimmel Center. Listen as Mr. Perlman leads the Philadelphia Orchestra and plays Beethoven’s Romance No. 1 and 2 for violin and orchestra.

Also on the program is the exquisite Philadelphia Orchestra string section playing Dvorak’s lyrical and sparkling Serenade for Strings, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, and the Brahms Academic Festival Overture.

WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with Maestro Perlman during intermission.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
2:46 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra Takes Us From Vienna to the New World: January 5 at 1 PM

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff performs with The Philadelphia Orchestra in this concert recorded live in November, 2013

Join us this Sunday at 1 pm as Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony, makes his eagerly anticipated Philadelphia Orchestra debut. The program features works by composers who were influenced by the music and spirit of Central European culture.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
10:40 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Philadelphia Orchestra New Music Micro-Festival on WRTI: December 29 at 1 PM

Composer Tan Dun

Join us this Sunday, from 1 to 4 pm, for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from a series of fall 2013 concerts that introduced Philadelphia audiences to three major new works commissioned by the Orchestra.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
3:11 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

The Philadelphians and Handel's Messiah LIVE from Verizon Hall: Sunday, December 22 at 2 PM

Gregg Whiteside in the Verizon Hall broadcast booth

Not to be missed this Sunday at 2 pm is a special LIVE Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast of Handel's Baroque masterpiece, Messiah. It will be the only performance of this beloved work this season by The Philadelphia Orchestra. The concert is sold out; but you can hear it right here on WRTI!

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
12:04 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

The VERY Glorious Sound of Christmas: The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI, Dec. 15, 1 pm

The Philadelphia Orchestra lends its lush sound to familiar and timeless holiday classics and carols on this Sunday's archival Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcast from 2004. The Glorious Sound of Christmas, named for the Orchestra’s best-selling Christmas album, is an annual Philadelphia Orchestra tradition and the perfect way to begin your holiday celebrations.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
5:20 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: A Fabulous All-French Program, Dec. 8, 1 PM

Violinist Augustin Hadelich

This Sunday at 1 pm, from a concert at the end of October, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos returns to conclude his two-week residency, with a French afternoon of exotic, colorful music - Ravel’s Second Suite from his ballet Daphnis and Chloé, Debussy’s colorful images of a musical seascape in his most-famous work, La Mer, and showcasing German violinist Augustin Hadelich, making his Philadelphia  Orchestra debut in Lalo’s exuberant Symphonie espagnole.

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