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 new, 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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Playlist

February 24, 2013

2:00 PM
Concertino Cusqueño (world premiere)
Artist : Gabriela Lena Frank
Album : Live Performance
Composer : Gabriela Lena Frank
Conductor : Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : The Philadelphia Orchestra
2:19 PM
Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium)
Artist : Joshua Bell
Album : Live Performance
Composer : Leonard Bernstein
Conductor : Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : The Philadelphia Orchestra
3:10 PM
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Artist : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Album : Live Performance
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Conductor : Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : The Philadelphia Orchestra

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Creatively Speaking
10:02 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Mozart and Beethoven, Dohnanyi and Philadelphia

Maestro Christoph von Dohnanyi

WRTI will broadcast a Philadelphia Orchestra performance of Mozart and Beethoven this Sunday, highlighting some musical connections between these two masters.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, on the podium will be Christoph von Dohnanyi who has a longtime connection with the Philadelphians.  

WRTI Spotlight
4:58 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Acclaimed 2011 Performance of Brahms' German Requiem

It was an unforgettable performance! Re-live it on Sunday, March 31st, 2 to 4 pm as then Music Director-Designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin took the podium in March, 2011 to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra, Westminster Symphonic Choir, and soloists Dorothea Roeschmann and Matthias Goerne in a critically acclaimed performance of Johannes Brahms's humanistic and glorious Ein Deutsches Requiem, A German Requiem - a symphonic as well as a choral masterpiece.

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Musicians' Memories
12:21 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Wolfgang Sawallisch Remembered

Musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra remember Wolfgang Sawallisch in this tribute. Susan Lewis speaks with violinists Davyd Booth and Jonathan Beiler, cellists Gloria de Pasquale, Kathy Reed, and Richard Harlow, and bassoonist Mark Gigliotti.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is mourning the loss of its conductor laureate, Wolfgang Sawallisch, who served as the ensemble's sixth music director from 1993 until 2003. He passed away on February 22, 2013 at his home in Grassau, Germany at age 89.

The maestro guest conducted all over the world, and had previously led the Opera Theater of Augsburg, the Vienna Symphony, L'orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Hamburg Philharmonic, and for more than two decades, the Bavarian State Opera. He was also a gifted pianist, playing chamber music and filling in for The Philadelphia Orchestra itself during an ice storm when an all-Wagner with singers was scheduled.

Susan Lewis  profiles the maestro, focusing on his Philadelphia years,  speaking with Philadelphia Orchestra violinists Davyd Booth and Jonathan Beiler, cellists Gloria de Pasquale, Kathy Reed, and Richard Harlow, and bassoonist Mark Gigliotti about their memories of the Sawallisch years.

The Pines of Rome and More!
12:01 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert: Yannick and Italian-Themed Music, March 24 at 2 PM

This week's broadcast, on Sunday, March 24, 2 to 4 pm, takes us back to November, 2011, when then-Music Director Designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin was appearing with greater frequency in Philadelphia, winning over the hearts of the Orchestra as well as Verizon Hall audiences. 

One of the most memorable of these early concerts was the Italian-themed program scheduled for rebroadcast this Sunday - Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini, followed by the ever-popular fourth symphony of Mendelssohn, and -  following Intermission - Verdi's overture to his opera La Forza del Destino, one of his finest overtures, and Respighi's exciting orchestral showpiece The Pines of Rome, a long-time favorite of Philadelphia audiences.

Listen to Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Principal Clarinet Sam Caviezel talk with Susan Lewis about how the clarinet depicts a nightingale in The Pines of Rome.
Susan Lewis talks with Philadelphia Orchestra Organist Michael Stairs about how the Kimmel Center organ has changed the sound of his part in The Pines of Rome.

Intermission Features: As part of Women's History Month, Meridee Duddleston will take a closer look at The Philadelphia Orchestra's first female player, harpist Edna Phillips, the first woman to be appointed a principal player of any American orchestra.  And afterward, Susan Lewis will speak with today's principal harpist, Elizabeth Hainen - one of the world's great ambassadors for the instrument.

**Audio for Intermission features will be added to this post on Monday morning.

The performances that you'll hear in this broadcast were widely admired, receiving high praise from critics and concert-goers alike. So don't miss this opportunity to re-live them, this Sunday, March 24th, from 2 to 4 pm.

More information, including Program Notes, at The Philadelphia Orchestra's website.

Program:

Tchaikovsky - Francesca da Rimini
Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 ("Italian")
Verdi - Overture to La forza del destino
Respighi - The Pines of Rome
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

The Philadelphia Singers & The American Boychoir
2:06 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert: Orff, Hummel, & Haydn, March 17, 2 pm

This Sunday on WRTI, Carl Orff's iconic Carmina burana headlines a program that also features The Philadelphia Orchestra's Principal Trumpet David Bilger in a performance of Hummel's beloved Trumpet Concerto, as well as Haydn's rarely performed  Symphony No. 1. Sunday, March 17, 2 to 4 pm.

Guest Conductor Rafael Fruehbeck de Bourgos, who knew Carl Orff and gave the first performance of Carmina burana in Spain, will direct The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Singers,  the American Boychoir, and soloists in this authoritative performance from February at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall.  

Orff's raucous retelling of 24 medieval poems praises springtime, love, lust, and fortune. It requires a huge orchestra and a chorus singing a mix of old languages. The riveting choral refrains of "O Fortuna" open and close Carmina burana. While many sections of this iconic work have been re-used in movies and commercials, nothing equals the power when you hear this live, in its entirety.

Intermission Features:

WRTI's Susan Lewis goes backstage to talk to Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Trumpet David Bilger after his performance of Hummel's Trumpet Concerto in E Flat, and even gets him to play his horn!

WRTI's Susan Lewis goes backstage to talk to Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Trumpet David Bilger after his performance of Hummel's Trumpet Concerto in E Flat, and even gets him to play his horn!

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Conductor
David Bilger, Trumpet

Program Notes for Carmina burana and more...

Check out The Philadelphia Orchestra Website Here

PROGRAM:
HAYDN: Symphony No. 1 in D major

I. Presto
II. Andante
III. Finale: Presto

HUMMEL: Trumpet Concerto in E major
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante
III. Rondo

Intermission, featuring a conversation with Maestro Fruehbeck

ORFF: Carmina burana

Erin Morley: Soprano
Nicholas Phan: Tenor
Hugh Russell: Baritone
The Philadelphia Singers Chorale
David Hayes, Music Director
The American Boychoir
Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Music Director

Rafael Fruehbeck de Borgos and Andre Watts
3:23 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Bach, Beethoven, and More! March 10 at 1 pm

Maestro Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos

This Sunday on WRTI, listen to The Philadelphia Orchestra in a recorded program of music spanning 200 years, as the eminent Spanish conductor Rafael Fruehbeck de Borgos conducts a Stokowski Bach transcription, Philadelphia favorite André Watts performs Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, and Liszt’s Les Preludes gets its first performance by the Philadelphians in 16 years!

We’ll also hear Paul Hindemith’s festive and pleasant Concert Music For Strings and Brass from a concert in early February.

Join host Gregg Whiteside on Sunday, March 10, from*1 to 3 pm for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert, from The Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall – *one hour earlier than usual – on WRTI 90.1 FM and the All-Classical stream at wrti.org.

Download the Program Notes Here

The Philadelphia Orchestra website

Sunday, March 10th, 1 to 3 pm:

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Conductor
André Watts, Piano

PROGRAM:
Bach - "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme"
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor")
INTERMISSION
Hindemith - Concert Music for Strings and Brass
Liszt - Les Préludes

Intermission Features:

Jim Cotter speaks with Andre Watts

Susan Lewis has a conversation with Maestro Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos


Creatively Speaking
1:43 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Yannick's Connection With Anton Bruckner

Jim Cotter speaks with Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

On The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert - a new weekly radio series on WRTI - Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin takes to the podium to conduct a symphony by one of the composers who is closest to him.  WRTI’s Jim Cotter has more.

Jim Cotter speaks with Yannick about his relationship with Bruckner’s music, as well as the work of another composer whose music holds special meaning for him.

Big News!
3:22 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

A Broadcast Premiere: The Philadelphia Orchestra Performing with Joshua Bell on WRTI

Jessica Griffin

We're happy to announce that this Sunday, February 24th, from 2 to 4 pm, marks the premiere of The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert weekly radio series on WRTI. Join us to hear our Fabulous 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. Violinist Joshua Bell is soloist. Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.

Gabriela Lena Frank speaks with WRTI's Gregg Whiteside about her inspiration for composing Concertino Cusqueno, and how she felt when she first heard the piece performed.


“I am so proud that The Philadelphia Orchestra is returning to the radio as part of my first season as music director,” says Yannick Nézet-Séguin. “It is important for us to go beyond the concert hall with our music - to connect with our audiences on the radio and online, here in Philadelphia and now also far beyond. This is just one of many ways we will open new windows into our music to welcome new listeners into our Philadelphia Orchestra family.” 

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. The Orchestra is also widely known for its innovative use of technology aimed at bringing the concert-hall experience to listeners everywhere.

“We are delighted - in this our 60th anniversary year - to bring concert broadcasts of The Philadelphia Orchestra to listeners in our region and throughout the world,” says WRTI General Manager Dave Conant. “It is part of our mission, as a public radio station, to share this music with the community and also deepen the connection we all have with the Orchestra.”

Broadcasts can be heard weekly on Sundays from 2 to 4 pm beginning on February 24th in Philadelphia (90.1 FM); Reading (97.7 FM); Allentown (97.1 FM); Wilmington (107.7 FM); Harrisburg (91.7 FM); York (90.7 FM); Lancaster, Ephrata, and Lebanon (90.7 FM); Mt. Pocono (91.1 FM); Wilkes-Barre (94.9 FM); Pottsville (99.1 FM); Scranton (106.1 FM); Ocean City (91.3 FM); and Coatesville (89.3 FM). Each broadcast will also be available on WRTI's classical web stream at wrti.org

February 24th Broadcast Program:

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

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Joshua Bell - Violin

Violinist Joshua Bell performs Bernstein's lyrical Serenade, inspired by the great Greek philosophers and their testimonies on love and romance. The second half of the program features the Fourth Symphony of Brahms, long a favorite of Philadelphia audiences, known for its expressive melodies and rich harmonies. To open the program, Gabriela Lena Frank composes a celebratory new work--commissioned for the inaugural concerts of the Orchestra's new music director. Her music often reflects her diverse heritage from Peru, China, and Lithuania.

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