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 broadcast on March 29 at 1 pm

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Creatively Speaking
10:53 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Helping The Violins Sing: Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang

Violinist Juliette Kang
Amanda Hall Studios

The strings are the largest section of a symphony orchestra, and communicating among them to create a unified sound involves the conductor, the  concertmaster, and another pivotal player. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talks with The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Juliette Kang about her position as associate concertmaster, and the lure of her instrument. 

On WRTI's  broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra this Sunday, May 12th at 2 pm, Juliette Kang will lead the strings in a program featuring Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, for string orchestra, and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5.

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
7:35 am
Sun February 1, 2015

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Ricardo Morales Plays Debussy and Rossini, Feb. 1 at 1PM

Ricardo Morales speaks with WRTI's Susan Lewis during intermission.

The Philadelphia Orchestra's Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales shows off his virtuosic skills in two very different and very challenging works on the Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcast, Sunday, February 1st at 1 pm.

Debussy’s Rhapsody No. 1 for Clarinet and Orchestra and Rossini’s Introduction, Theme, and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra, are two of three 40/40 works on today’s program. And these two performances are the first, ever, by The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Creatively Speaking
1:27 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2015-2016 Season Announced!

Yannick Nezet-Seguin is music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is hardly settling into a routine in its fourth season with Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Plans for 2015-2016 announced this week have the conductor going well beyond typical classical subscription concerts, plus engineering guest appearances that are bound to make national news. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports.

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Creatively Speaking
12:26 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

A Difficult Competition Piece by Debussy Now a Treasure in the Repertoire

Ricardo Morales

Competitions have tested serious music students for decades. They also have prompted the composition of works that continue to enrich the repertoire. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on Claude Debussy’s Rhapsody No. 1 for Clarinet and Orchestra.

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Susan Lewis: Its ethereal quality belies its difficulty, but Debussy’s Rhapsody No. 1 for Clarinet and Piano was composed for clarinet graduation exams at the Paris Conservatory.

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The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
2:59 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

The Philadelphians on WRTI: David Kim Plays Tchaikovsky, Cristian Macelaru Conducts, Jan. 25, 1 PM

Philadelphia Orchestra Conductor-in-Residence Cristian Macelaru

Join us on Sunday, January 25th at 1 pm for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast of a Verizon Hall performance first heard in December of 2013. You'll hear two delightful pieces by Tchaikovsky that feature Concertmaster David Kim as soloist: the Serenade Melancholique, and Valse-Scherzo - both personally meaningful works to Mr. Kim, who was the only American awarded a prize at the 1986 quadrennial Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

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The Philadelphians on WRTI
10:48 am
Tue January 13, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: A Debut for Finnish Conductor Susanna Malkki

Conductor Susanna Malkki
Simon Fowler

On Sunday, January 18th at 1 pm, the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert brings us the music of Respighi, Stravinsky, and Brahms, conducted by the brilliant young Finnish Maestra, Susanna Malkki, who makes her Philadelphia Orchestra debut with this performance from last November, 2014 at Verizon Hall.

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Creatively Speaking
3:47 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

The Lunch That Launched Stravinsky's Famous Violin Concerto

Igor Stravinsky was reluctant to write a violin concerto...until a violinist changed his mind.

Twentieth-century composer Igor Stravinsky was at first reluctant to accept a commission for a violin concerto because he didn’t know the instrument well enough. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he changed his mind after consulting the intended violinist – who was game to try an unusual approach.  

On Sunday, January 18, 2015 on WRTI, Juliette Kang and The Philadelphia Orchestra play Stravinsky’s violin concerto in a program that also features music by Brahms and Respighi.

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Creatively Speaking
10:44 am
Mon January 12, 2015

A Conductor Seeing Music From Both Sides

Conductor Susanna Malkki
Simon Fowler

This week's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI is led by the Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from both sides of the podium.

In the mid '90s, Susanna Malkki was principal cello of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. She says that being on the other end of the baton taught her much about conducting - specifically how every gesture made by a conductor was of tantamount importance to the musicians.

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Creatively Speaking
2:24 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

A Pianist Who Goes Way Back with The Philadelphians

Guess who? It's Andre Watts, age 10, at his student concert debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1957.
Adrian Siegel Collection The Philadelphia Orchestra Archives

Born in Germany in 1946, Andre Watts moved to Philadelphia with his Hungarian mother and American father when he was 8 years old. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, after decades of performing, the celebrated pianist still finds new inspiration and challenges in the music. 

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
2:35 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Andre Watts Plays Beethoven with The Philadelphia Orchestra: Jan. 11 at 1 PM on WRTI

Czech conductor Jakub Hrusa makes his debut with The Philadelphians in this concert, recorded in November 2013

This Sunday, January 11th at 1 pm: The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI presents a concert first heard at Verizon Hall in mid-November, 2013. You'll hear the youthful and energetic Piano Concerto No. 1 of Beethoven performed by perennial favorite, pianist Andre Watts, who first played with The Philadelphia Orchestra at age 10.

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