Sunday, 4 to 6 pm

Join us every Sunday for WRTI's afternoon concert series, recorded live both locally and nationally. Included in the schedule: Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA), Symphony in C, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, New York Philharmonic, The Crossing Choir, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, and more.

First up in this month's Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia concert is Metropolitan Opera Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill, who joins the ensemble for a performance of Mozart's sublime Clarinet Concerto, K. 622. Then, cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio of the famed Eroica Trio, plays Robert Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor. Music Director Dirk Brossé conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.  

Join us to hear a chamber music concert recorded live at the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center.  We'll hear a new work by American-born and Curtis-trained composer Mohammed Fairouz. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine will play his Sonata for Solo Violin. 

Also on the program is pianist Joyce Yang playing Lowell Liebermann's Gargoyles.  

Join us on Sunday, December 15 at 5 pm for this month's Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia APPLAUSE broadcast, which highlights some of the orchestra's performances of newer music, under Music Director Dirk Brossé and Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn, and spotlights the strings of the orchestra.

JOHN WILLIAMS: Essay for Strings (from December 17, 2012)
Dirk Brossé, conductor

This Sunday at 4 pm on The Crossing in Concert, we'll hear a performance recorded live at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in early November that explores Italian art through the lens of contemporary music for choir. 

The program features works by, among others, Bruno Bettinelli and Yehuda Yannay as well as a madrigal by Stephen Paulus based on texts by Michelangelo. Conductor Donald Nally is host. That's Sunday, December 15, 4 to 5 pm. Join us!

Beethoven's Grosse Fuge, despite being misunderstood and under-appreciated for years, has earned a place of its own in the chamber music repertoire.  Originally the final movement of his Op. 130 String Quartet in B-flat, Beethoven wrote another finale for that quartet, and published the Great Fugue separately, at least in part because of the enormous demands the work placed on performers.

London-based, period-instrument ensemble Arcangelo presents a program of works by J. S. Bach and J. C. Bach, as well as Handel’s mythological tale of unrequited love, Apollo e Dafne, one of his most ambitious cantatas that set the stage for the brilliant operatic career that followed in the next 30 years of his life. Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova is the soloist in Bach's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor.

Arcangelo was founded in 2010 by the English conductor Jonathan Cohen. It has since recorded several albums and has appeared at various venues and early-music festivals throughout the UK and Europe.  This program is a broadcast of their concert this past Monday at Carnegie Hall.  Hear the live, recorded concert on Sunday, November 24 at 4 pm.


J.S. BACH: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor
J. CHRISTOPH BACH: "Mein Freund ist mein" from Cantata: Meine Freundin, du bist schön
HANDEL: Concerto Grosso in D Minor, Op. 6, No. 10
HANDEL: Apollo e Dafne

Jonathan Cohen, Conductor and Harpsichord 

Alina Ibragimova, Violin 

Katherine Watson, Soprano 

Nikolay Borchev, Baritone

More information about the program from Carnegie Hall's website

This month's Applause broadcast, on Sunday at 5 pm with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia under Guest Conductor James Judd, features music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, with guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas playing the Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra, plus an encore.  

Judd then conducts the youthful String Symphony No. 9 by the teenaged Felix Mendelssohn.  Sunday, November 17th at 5 pm on WRTI.

Join us on Sunday at 4 pm for a two-hour special broadcast of the Opening Gala for the new Mariinsky II Opera House in St. Petersburg, Russia. The concert, which took place on May 2, 2013, marked the opening of one of the largest and most acclaimed performing arts centers in the world.

Bachrach Photography

Join us this Sunday at 4 pm to hear the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, led by Music Director Louis Scaglione, and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia in a performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2, the "Resurrection" Symphony.  

The internationally known conductor Stephen Gunzenhouser, music director of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, considers himself a musical tour guide of sorts. Makes sense when you look at his discography and see just how many recordings he's made with orchestras and ensembles worldwide.  The Capella Istropolitana, the Slovak Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Argentina, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony of Ireland, the Polish National Radio Symphony, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Bogota Philharmonic, and the list goes on and on.