The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert

Sunday, 1 to 3 pm

Join us on Sunday afternoons to hear our very own "Fabulous Philadelphians" in live, recorded concerts from Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has a long and venerable history of radio broadcasts, as the first orchestra with its own commercially sponsored national radio series, beginning in 1929 on NBC. This weekly series of radio broadcasts marks the return of the Orchestra to the airwaves. WRTI's Gregg Whiteside is producer and host. 

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
4:22 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Yannick Conducts Beethoven & Shostakovich, March 29, 1 PM

Pianist Kirill Gerstein

Join us on Sunday, March 29 at 1 pm for a broadcast from the final week of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s recent St. Petersburg Festival, celebrating the great master of the third generation, Dmitri Shostakovich.

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WRTI Arts Desk
1:49 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Carol Jantsch: Taking the Tuba Beyond Oom-Pah-Pahs

Carol Jantsch is prinicpial tuba player for The Philadelphia Orchestra.

The largest member of an orchestra’s brass section was invented in the 1830s to play low and powerful notes. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the tuba has a surprising range and versatility. Susan spoke with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch for some insight into the world of the tuba.

Jantsch's recordings include her 2009 solo album, Cascades, and Reflections on the Mississippi, a new CD featuring a tuba concerto written by Michael Daugherty for Jantsch and the Temple University Symphony Orchestra.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
3:07 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

LIVE! The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: Holst, Mendelssohn, Salerno-Sonnenberg, March 22, 2 PM

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Join us for a very special treat on Sunday, March 22nd as our Philadelphia Orchestra broadcast comes to you LIVE from Verizon Hall at 2 pm - an hour later than usual - in a concert featuring violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, a Philadelphia favorite since she debuted with the Orchestra at the age of 10.

She joins conductor Gianandrea Noseda for a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, one of the most popular works in the violin repertory.

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WRTI Arts Desk
3:30 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Rachmaninoff and The Philadelphians: A Musical Love Affair That Goes Back In Time

Composer/pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff and Eugene Ormandy during a rehearsal at the Academy of Music in 1938.
Adrian Siegel Collection/Philadelphia Orchestra Association Archives

It was 88 years ago - on March 18, 1927 - that The Philadelphia Orchestra played the first performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 at the Academy of Music. The composer revised the concerto in 1928. And, in 1941, The Philadelphians premiered yet another revised version - the final one.

As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the strong bond between The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russian composer, pianist, and conductor was forged through this and other works.

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WRTI Arts Desk
10:52 am
Mon March 16, 2015

The Story About Gustav Holst's 'The Planets'

One of the most loved and exciting works in the orchestral repertoire is The Planets by Gustav Holst. But, as WRTI’s Kile Smith reports, the way we hear it now is not the form in which audiences first heard it.

For such an immediately successful work, and for one that is central to the orchestral repertoire, The Planets by Gustav Holst took a long time to get off the ground.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
4:18 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Rachmaninoff & The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Sunday, March 15, 1 PM

The Philadelphians perform Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-sharp minor this Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI - orchestrated by Stokowski.

We have quite a broadcast in store for you on Sunday, March 15th, at 1 pm!  The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert will feature Week Two of the ensemble’s St. Petersburg Festival, from late January of this year. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.

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WRTI Arts Desk
1:14 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Pictures at an Exhibition: The Evolution of a Masterpiece

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

One popular work in the orchestral repertoire was written by a Russian composer and then orchestrated decades later by a Frenchman. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, this version had its first performance in October in Paris  in 1922. The music describes a stroll through the gallery - a promenade - with ten specific images brought to life.

Six of the drawings and watercolors that inspired Mussorgsky have survived.  The first performance of Pictures at an Exhibition as orchestrated by Ravel took place in Paris on October 19th in 1922.

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Creatively Speaking
1:06 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

A Coup in the Conducting World!

Simon Rattle is leaving the Berlin Philharmonic in 2017 to become music director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

There’s big news in the classical music world. The London Symphony Orchestra announced on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 that Simon Rattle will become its music director in September of 2017. Rattle, chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002, had previously announced that he would step down from that position when his contract expires in 2018.

Rattle’s relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra goes back to 1977, when he first appeared with the ensemble at the age of 22.  As its artistic leader, he’ll  succeed Valerie Gergiev who has been principal conductor since 2007. More information from the LSO's website.

WRTI's Susan Lewis has more on this much sought-after international conductor, who has a bond with our own Philadelphia Orchestra nurtured over the last 20 years.

WRTI Arts Desk
4:27 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

A Concerto That Explores The Limitless Range of The Piano

Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin
Sim Canetty-Clarke

A contemporary concerto by English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage explores the vast range of musical ideas a piano can express. WRTI’s Susan Lewis spoke with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, the soloist who premiered it, and who performs it again on Sunday, March 15th at 1 pm on WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts. Also on the program is music by Rachmaninoff. 

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WRTI Spotlight
5:16 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Glazunov's Winter, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, Mar. 8, 1 PM

This Sunday, March 8, it's the Philadelphia Orchestra's St. Petersburg Festival, Week One concert from this past January, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin. And it features no fewer than three 40/40 works: “Winter,” from A. Glazunov’s The Seasons, and two of five movements from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, all coming in the first half of the program. After intermission, you'll hear a work the Orchestra will take on its European tour, Tchaikovsky’s spectacular Symphony No. 5.
 

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