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
9:37 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Violinist Hilary Hahn Performs With The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2 PM

Hilary Hahn

Yannick Nezet-Seguin is on the podium this Sunday at 2 pm in a recorded concert from this past May, which featured Hilary Hahn's return to Philadelphia for Korngold's Violin Concerto. This colorful and cinematic score grew out of Korngold's success in Hollywood while writing many of his treasured film soundtracks.

Also on the program, trademark fanfares, folk melodies, and thunderous crescendos punctuate Mahler's First Symphony, along with humorous folk tunes and inventive orchestrations.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
12:13 am
Fri September 20, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Brahms' German Requiem and More!

Westminster Symphonic Choir

It was an unforgettable performance! Re-live it on Sunday, September 22, 2 to 4 pm as then Music Director-Designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin took the podium in March, 2011 to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra, Westminster Symphonic Choir, and soloists Dorothea Roeschmann and Matthias Goerne in a critically acclaimed performance of Johannes Brahms's humanistic and glorious Ein Deutsches Requiem, A German Requiem - a symphonic as well as a choral masterpiece.

The program also features one of the pillars of the classical repertory: Mozart's Symphony No. 40. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer. 

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Intermission features:

Yannick talks about his deep personal connection to Brahms's choral masterpiece.

Jim Cotter speaks with the Westminster Choir's Choral Director Joe Miller about the Princeton organization's long history performing with the world's greatest orchestras and conductors.

More information, including Program Notes, on The Philadelphia Orchestra website.

Program:

MOZART: Symphony No. 40

INTERMISSION

BRAHMS:  Ein Deutsches Requiem

Dorothea Röschmann, soprano

Matthias Goerne, baritone

Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
3:30 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Lang Lang Plays Beethoven, Rattle Conducts

Sir Simon Rattle

Join us this Sunday, September 15th at 2 pm on WRTI as Sir Simon Rattle taps into an historic connection that The Philadelphia Orchestra has enjoyed with the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, conducting his final two symphonies without interruption, right after intermission. 

Before intermission, Curtis grad and piano superstar Lang Lang will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

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WRTI 60th Anniversary Limited-Edition CDs
10:54 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Puccini, O mio babbino caro

from Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, O mio babbino caro

"O mio babbino caro," from Giacomo Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, sung by soprano Miriam Gauci, with the Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alexander Rahbari, is featured on CD 2 in the WRTI 60th Anniversary Classical 3-CD set.

The soprano aria "O mio babbino caro" (Oh, my dear Papa) from Puccini’s only comic opera Gianni Schicchi, is one of Puccini's best-known and popular arias in opera. It’s sung with lyrical simplicity by the young woman Lauretta against a backdrop of hypocrisy, jealousy, double-dealing, and feuding in medieval Florence, after tensions between her father Schicchi and the family of Rinuccio, the young man she loves, has reached a breaking point that threatens to separate her from Rinuccio.

Here, she expresses to her father her love for Rinuccio, and begs him to reconsider his feelings for the young man’s family, threatening to go to the Ponte Vecchio and throw herself into the Arno River if she can’t marry him. It’s a very persuasive plea, and dear Papa finds a way!

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WRTI 60th Anniversary Limited-Edition CDs
5:00 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: J. S. Bach, Brandenburg No. 3

The Margraviate of Brandenburg Coat of Arms

from J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

The Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 of Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by the Swiss Baroque Soloists, is featured on CD 1 in the WRTI 60th Anniversary Classical 3-CD set.

The six instrumental works presented by Bach to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt in 1721 are among the finest musical compositions of the Baroque era. The Third in the set is scored for three violins, three violas, three cellos, and basso continuo, including harpsichord. The Margrave not only never paid Bach for his work, but he failed even to thank him. This third concerto is a highlight of one of the happiest and most productive periods in Bach's life.

Even though he didn't call them the "Brandenburgs" himself, Bach still thought of them as a set. Compiled from short instrumental sinfonias and concerto movements he had already written, Bach re-worked the old music, often re-writing and elaborating where he saw fit, and creating in the process some of the most brilliant and enjoyable of any of his works.

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WRTI 60th Anniversary Limited-Edition CDs
4:21 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Wagner, Tristan, Prelude and Liebestod

Edmund Blair Leighton, Tristan and Isolde, 1902

from Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Prelude and Liebestod

The Prelude and Liebestod from Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, performed by the ​Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Wildner, conductor, is featured on CD 2 in the WRTI 60th Anniversary Classical 3-CD set.

There are those who feel, quite frankly, that the Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde is the greatest piece of music ever written. The final climax of the music drama probably inspired by Wagner’s affair with Mathilde Wesendonck and the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, is certainly one of the peaks of the operatic repertory. Here, before our very ears, we experience the beginning of the move away from conventional harmony and tonality, and witness Wagner laying the groundwork for the direction of classical music in the 20th century as early as 1857!

The very first chord in the piece, the Tristan chord, is of great significance in the move away from traditional tonal harmony as it resolves to another dissonant chord! For me, the anticipation of final release in that last chord of the Liebestod is almost unbearable; but, when it finally comes, the lasting sense of ecstasy is as spine-tingling and blissful as anything in all art. I dissolve every time I hear it, and ask myself, “How could any human being have written this?”

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The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert
6:04 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, Sunday at 2 PM

Soprano Barbara Hannigan

Soprano Barbara Hannigan's conversation with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Simon Rattle will be on the podium this Sunday at 2 PM for a performance from late May of Beethoven’s "Pastoral" Symphony, with its vivid scenes of gathering thunderstorms, wandering brooks, and breezy country sides.

We’ll also hear Webern's Passacaglia and three fragments from Alban Berg's shattering opera Wozzeck, both of which received their U.S. premieres in Philadelphia as part of Stokowski's vision for 20th-century music.

Soprano Barbara Hannigan, in her Philadelphia Orchestra debut, will perform scenes from Ligeti's thrilling opera, Le Grande Macabre, in character as the Chief of the Secret Political Police. Her performance, vocally, dramatically, and comically, was one of the highlights of the season!

During intermission, Susan Lewis's interview with the versatile and supremely gifted Barbara Hannigan is not to be missed! Gregg Whiteside is host and producer. That's this Sunday, September 8th from 2 to 4 PM.

Detailed program notes and video here.

PROGRAM:
Webern: Passacaglia
Berg: Three Fragments from Wozzeck
INTERMISSION
Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, ("Pastoral")

Simon Rattle: conductor
Barbara Hannigan: soprano

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
12:18 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Jonathan Biss Plays Mozart On The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert Broadcast: Sunday, August 25

Jonathan Biss
Jillian Edelstein/EMI Classics

Jonathan Biss discusses his activities beyond the concert hall with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Join us this Sunday at 2 PM for Brahms' radiant Second Symphony, written in a burst of creativity over just a few short months. Also on the program is Elgar's spirited Cockaigne Overture ("In London Town") drawing its character from the sometimes bawdy urban sounds of marching bands, church bells, and merry revelers.

And...Curtis graduate Jonathan Biss returns to perform Mozart's rarely heard Piano Concerto No. 13. Guest conductor Donald Runnicles will be on the podium, from a wonderful concert at Verizon Hall in late April. Don't miss it! Sunday, August 25, 2 to 4 pm on WRTI. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.

Program Notes

PROGRAM:
Elgar - Cockaigne Overture ("In London Town")
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 13, K. 415
INTERMISSION
Brahms - Symphony No. 2

Donald Runnicles - Conductor
Jonathan Biss - Piano

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert
2:57 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra's First Live Radio Broadcast In 13 Years: An Encore On August 18th, 2 PM

Violinist Gil Shaham

Join us this Sunday at 2 pm for a very special treat. It's the Philadelphia Orchestra's May 24th LIVE broadcast of a concert tribute to the Orchestra’s former Music Director Wolfgang Sawallisch. This was the first live Philadelphia Orchestra broadcast in 13 years, and a memorable event it was, featuring a performance by violinist Gil Shaham of the Brahms Violin Concerto. Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
8:06 am
Sun August 11, 2013

It's All Bach With Nicholas McGegan And The Philadelphia Orchestra: August 11, 2 PM

First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang
Amanda Hall Studios

Virtuosic soloists from The Philadelphia Orchestra will be featured in five sparkling and propulsive works by J.S. Bach this Sunday. The performance is further enhanced by Baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan, who brought a fresh and animated approach to these familiar masterworks when the performances took place at Verizon Hall back in mid-April.

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