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 December 28 at 1 pm

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Special Offers in July
12:35 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Special Offer: The Philadelphia Orchestra At Longwood Gardens

Larry Albee

We're happy to offer a discount for all WRTI listeners to a special performance: The Philadelphia Orchestra at Longwood Gardens Meadow - A Night of Beautiful Music Under the Stars. It's on Friday, July 19th at 7:30 pm. Save $5 per ticket by using Discount Code: GARDENS13. (*Discount only applies to Friday night concert.)

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The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert
1:53 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra: Sibelius's Last Two Symphonies Without Interruption, Lang Lang, Rattle

Pianist Lang Lang

This Sunday from 2 to 4 pm, The Philadelphia Orchestra renews its historic connection with the great Finnish master Jean Sibelius (Stokowski led the U.S. premieres of his last three symphonies) as Simon Rattle will conduct the final two symphonies, Nos. 6 and 7, together without interruption, from a May, 2013 concert.

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Creatively Speaking
6:43 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Maestro Simon Rattle: His Conducting Philosophy

This week’s WRTI Sunday radio broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra features Englishman Simon Rattle, music director of the Berlin Philharmonic, on the podium. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more on this much sought-after international conductor, who has a bond with the Philadelphians nurtured over the last 20 years.

Listen to WRTI on Sunday, June 16th at 2 pm to hear Sir Simon Rattle leading The Philadelphia Orchestra in a program featuring symphonies No. 6 and 7 of  Sibelius, Norman’s Unstuck, and Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 3. Pianist Lang Lang is soloist.

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert
3:16 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

A Special Archival Philadelphia Orchestra Broadcast On WRTI: Tribute To Wolfgang Sawallisch, June 9

The late Wolfgang Sawallisch (1923 - 2013)

As the Philadelphia Orchestra continues its residency in China, we listen back this Sunday to one of Wolfgang Sawallisch's last performances with the Orchestra from late April, 2003.

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Creatively Speaking
12:51 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra in China: Connecting With Autistic Children And Cancer Patients

Philadelphia Orchestra members with autistic children during an in-school program at a Youth Center in Shanghai. Percussionists Christopher Deviney (front) and Angela Zator Nelson work with one student as he tries his hand at the drums.
Jan Regan

In the title of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2013 China Tour and Residency, the word “residency” is as important as the word "tour." And this, as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns now reports from China, is bringing the musicians face-to-face with many who may never see the inside of a concert hall.

Philadelpia Orchestra Plays Korngold and Mahler
1:00 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Korngold, Strauss, and Mahler: The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, June 2nd at 2pm

Hillary Hahn, violinist

Celebrated violinist Hilary Hahn returns to Philadelphia to perform Korngold's Violin Concerto.  The concerto was dedicated to Alma Mahler, the widow of Korngold's childhood mentor Gustav Mahler. It was premiered on February 15, 1947 by Jascha Heifetz.

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Pianist Jonathan Biss Plays Mozart
2:18 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Elgar, Mozart & Brahms: The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI, May 26th At 2 PM

Pianist Jonathan Biss
Jillian Edelstein/EMI Classics

The Philadelphia Orchestra's 113th season may be over this weekend, but our broadcast year isn’t done!  We’ll be back with you Sunday, May 26th, at our usual 2 PM time, for more Brahms - as we’ll hear his radiant Second Symphony, written in a burst of creativity over 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.

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Yannick and Shaham LIVE From The Kimmel Center!
7:23 am
Tue May 21, 2013

A Must-Hear Broadcast: The Philadelphia Orchestra LIVE On WRTI, May 24 At 2 PM

Violinist Gil Shaham
Christian Steiner

  For the first time in over 13 years, we're bringing you a LIVE remote broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI, featuring Yannick Nezet-Seguin leading the Philadelphians in works by Schumann, Janacek, and Dvorak and highlighted by violinist Gil Shaham performing the famous Violin Concerto of Brahms. Hosted by Gregg Whiteside, live from the Kimmel Center on Friday, May 24th at 2 pm, with intermission interviews by Susan Lewis and Jim Cotter.

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Creatively Speaking
1:40 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Conductor Donald Runnicles: No Prodigal Son

The renowned British conductor Donald Runnicles is the conductor for this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra concert broadcast on WRTI. Scottish-born and raised, Runnicles left his native land very early in his career. And as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, he has happily “settled” wherever the muse has taken him.

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Brandenburgs, Double Violin Concerto, and More!
1:13 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: An All-Bach Broadcast!

Maestro Nicholas McGegan

Bach specialist Nicholas McGegan conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra this Sunday, May 19th, 2 to 4 pm, in an all-Bach concert - bringing a special touch to the Orchestra, and throwing the spotlight on several Philadelphia Orchestra soloists.

Concertmaster David Kim, Principal Oboist Richard Woodhams, Principal Horn Jennifer Montone, and Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner are just some of the stellar players of the Orchestra who will play major roles in a program including:

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