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. He is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts heard on Sundays from 1 to 3 pm. Sign up for Gregg's Sousalarm Club by sending him an email at Gregg@wrti.org

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

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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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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, July 27, 1 PM

hiladelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor Cristian Macelaru

Join us on Sunday, July 27th at 1 pm for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast of a Verizon Hall performance first heard last 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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