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. 

Program information for January 4 at 1 pm

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Creatively Speaking
7:24 am
Mon August 5, 2013

The Allure of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

J. S. Bach (1685—1750)

Today, J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are among the most popular pieces from the Baroque era. WRTI’s Susan Lewis explores the mystery in the story of the famous concertos.   

On Sunday, August 11th at 2 pm, WRTI will broadcast a recorded live concert featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra performing three of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, his Double Violin Concerto, and his Orchestral Suite No. 3.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
6:47 am
Sun August 4, 2013

Garrick Ohlssen Plays Brahms With The Philadelphia Orchestra & Yannick On WRTI: August 4th

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson

This Sunday at 2 pm, Garrick Ohlssen is guest soloist as Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, and two lush orchestral works by Richard Strauss, Death and Transfiguration and a suite from his opera Der Rosenkavalier.

During intermission, WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with Garrick Ohlssen, and Susan Lewis sits down for a talk with The Philadelphia Orchestra's Associate Principal Concertmaster Juliette Kang.

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Creatively Speaking
12:01 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Neither Shy Nor Retiring: Garrick Ohlsson Plays On

WRTI's Jim Cotter backstage at the Kimmel Center with Garrick Ohlsson last April.

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson recently celebrated a landmark birthday, one that in the past might have qualified him for “golden years” status.  But as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the one-time child prodigy continues to look forward.

This Sunday afternoon on WRTI, Garrick Ohlsson plays Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 in concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra. The program, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, also features works by Richard Strauss.

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert
12:51 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra On WRTI: Tchaikovsky's 5th, Percussionist Colin Currie

Conductor Andrey Boreyko

This Sunday, July 28th at 2 pm, our Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcast brings us guest conductor Andrey Boreyko, music director of the Dusseldorf Symphony, and percussionist Colin Currie, in a rebroadcast of a program from Verizon Hall last March.

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Creatively Speaking
12:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

The Secretive Correspondence Between Tchaikovsky And Countess Nadezhda von Meck

Countess von Meck (1831—1894) supported Tchaikovsky for 13 years, but they never met.

WRTI's upcoming broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert features Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, insights into the work have come from the composer’s correspondence with a secretive patron.

Listen on Sunday, July 28th, 2 to 4 pm. The program also includes music by Wagner and Christopher Rousee.

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
1:34 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Christoph von Dohnanyi, Schubert, And Bruckner

Franz Schubert died at the age of 32 in 1828.

Venerated conductor Christoph von Dohnányi conducts the music of two Viennese masters this Sunday, July 21st  at 2 pm, in a Philadelphia Orchestra concert from last March at Verizon Hall.

Franz Schubert's beloved "Unfinished" Symphony has taken a rightful place among the standards of the repertoire, even if we may never understand why he abandoned the work after just two enduring movements. And Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4, "Romantic," was his first great symphonic success, a breathtaking work that inspires audiences every time it's performed.

Composed 52 years apart, the two works are tailor-made for the dense, glorious string sound of The Fabulous Philadelphians.

Christoph von Dohnanyi talks about the works at Intermission with WRTI's Jim Cotter.  Also, during Intermission, WRTI's Susan Lewis discusses the importance of the conductor's approach when performing these two works with Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim.

It's Viennese Masters with The Philadelphia Orchestra, this Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.

Detailed Program Notes Here at The Philadelphia Orchestra's Website


Schubert: Symphony in B minor ("Unfinished")


Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 ("Romantic")

Creatively Speaking
7:38 am
Tue July 16, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra Gets Romantic

Anton Bruckner

WRTI’s concert broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra on Sunday, July 21, 2013 features the music of two Romantic Viennese masters.  WRTI’s Susan Lewis talks with concertmaster David Kim about how the symphonies of Franz Schubert and Anton Bruckner bring out the famous Philadelphia sound, and about the interpretation of guest conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi. 

Listen to this Sunday’s WRTI concert broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra at 2 pm, which will include an interview at Intermission with concertmaster David Kim.

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert
10:21 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Lutoslawski, Mozart, and Beethoven: The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI, July 14, 2 PM

Rudolf Buchbinder
Marco Borggreve

Guest conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra in a concert from last March that offers the spirit of Mozart a connecting thread. Perhaps not surprising since, in 1787, the 16-year-old Beethoven traveled to Vienna from his native Bonn to study with Mozart. Though little is known about their encounter, Beethoven, according to legend, impressed the master, but could stay in Vienna only a short time before being called home to tend to his dying mother. Although he never would never see Mozart again, who had died by the time he returned to Vienna to study with Haydn, Beethoven greatly esteemed him as a model.

In the first half of the program this afternoon, we’ll hear one of Mozart’s most dramatic piano concertos, Number 20, in the passionate key of D minor, one which Beethoven himself particularly  admired, and for which he in fact wrote the cadenzas that pianist Rudolph Buchbinder will perform.

During intermission, we’ll hear from both maestros Dohnanyi and Buchbinder as they speak with WRTI's Jim Cotter. The program will conclude with Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, a turning point not only in Beethoven’s career, but in the history of music!

The concert begins with one of Witold Lutoslawski's most accessible and highly expressive works from the  1940s and '50s, his Funeral Music. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer. Sunday, July 14, 2 to 4 pm.

More information, including program notes, on The Philadelphia Orchestra's website

Christoph von Dohnányi - Conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder - Piano

Lutoslawski - Funeral Music
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica")

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert
7:40 am
Wed July 3, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert: Wagner, Bruckner, July 7th, 2 pm

Yannick NĂ©zet-SĂ©guin

Join us Sunday, July 7th at 2 pm, as Yannick NĂ©zet-SĂ©guin leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a program from late January at Verizon Hall featuring two composers who actually met during the 1865 premiere of Tristan und Isolde, Richard Wagner and Anton Bruckner.

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Joshua Bell Plays Bernstein
4:13 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert: Bell, Yannick, and Brahms, June 30, 2 PM

Producer and Host Gregg Whiteside in the broadcast booth at Verizon Hall

Join us to hear The Philadelphians in a live concert recording from October, 2012, featuring Bernstein’s Serenade, Brahms’s Symphony No. 4, and Gabriela Lena Frank’s Concertino Cusqueno. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts. Violinist Joshua Bell is soloist. Gregg Whiteside is producer and host. Sunday, June 30, 2 to 4 pm.


Gabriela Lena Frank - Concertino Cusqueño (world premiere)
Bernstein - Serenade (after Plato's Symposium)
Brahms - Symphony No. 4

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