WRTI To Broadcast Philadelphia Orchestra On Tour In Israel, Austria With Host Gregg Whiteside

Feb 13, 2018

Maybe you can’t be there in person, but you’ll have a chance to listen to history being made in June. WRTI 90.1 and host Gregg Whiteside will bring you the excitement of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s upcoming 2018 tour to Europe and Israel during three simulcasts, each with a one-hour delay.

The Orchestra's 2018 tour encompasses six European cities and three Israeli cities.

You’ll hear Gregg describing the scene and energy surrounding The Philadelphians’ performances led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Vienna on June 1st, Tel Aviv on June 4th and Jerusalem on June 5th.

WRTI 90.1 will be there when The Philadelphia Orchestra becomes the first American orchestra to perform in Israel since the mid-1990s. The New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony traveled there in 1996; The Philadelphians were last on tour in Israel in 1992 with former Music Director Riccardo Muti.

Gregg with Yannick Nezet-Seguin at the press conference announcing the Orchestra's 2018 Tour of Europe and Israel.
Credit Will Figg/Philadelphia Orchestra

In the interim, the Orchestra has developed a tradition of marking significant events in Israel, with special concerts in Philadelphia on Israel's 50th and 60th anniversaries, including a side-by-side concert in 1998 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. This tour coincides with Israel's 70th year as a nation.

“To have this remarkable opportunity to travel to Israel with the extraordinary Philadelphia Orchestra is a dream come true,” said Nézet-Séguin, who will make his first visit to Israel on this tour.

The Orchestra’s tour encompasses six European cities and three Israeli cities, featuring pianists Hélène Grimaud and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Starting on May 24th, European stops include performances over eight days in Brussels, Luxembourg City, Düsseldorf, Paris, Hamburg, and Vienna. The tour will conclude in Israel with performances first in Haifa and Tel Aviv, and with the final concert in Jerusalem on June 5th.

Tour Concert Schedule:

Brussels, Belgium May 24 at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, BOZAR

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg May 25 at the Philharmonie Luxembourg

Paris, France May 26 at the Philharmonie de Paris

Düsseldorf, Germany May 27 at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf

Hamburg, Germany May 28 & 29 at the Elbphilharmonie

Vienna, Austria May 31 & June 1 at the Musikverein— LIVE on WRTI 90.1

Haifa, Israel June 3 at Rappaport Hall

Tel Aviv, Israel June 4 at the Charles R. Bronfman Auditorium—LIVE on WRTI 90.1

Jerusalem, Israel June 5 at the International Convention Center—LIVE on WRTI 90.1

WRTI 90.1 is the radio partner of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Listen to simulcasts on June 1, 4, and 5 on the air at 90.1 in Philadelphia, online at WRTI.org, and on the WRTI App.