The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert

Sunday, 1 to 3 pm on WRTI-FM; Monday, 7 to 9 pm on Classical Stream

Join us on Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra in live, recorded concerts from Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.

The ensemble 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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Tune in on Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM, and Monday at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2, as our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings us a single, remarkable work, especially relevant for our troubled times—Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem is unusual—in form, in scope, and in message. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Latin Mass for chorus and orchestra is interspersed by English poetry about the brutality of war.

Twentieth-century Austrian composer Alban Berg dedicated his Violin Concerto to the memory of the 18-year-old daughter of a friend. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the work evokes emotion not typically associated with the 12-tone style.


Conductor Herbert Blomstedt’s life has been fueled by music for over eight decades. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he says an early listening experience was the spark.

When Beethoven Traded Despair for Triumph

Apr 30, 2017

It was the fall of 1802 when Ludwig van Beethoven confessed his nearly fatal despair about his growing deafness, in what’s now known as his "Heiligenstadt Testament." His music then took a daring new turn. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talks with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas about Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica."

This Sunday, April 23rd, WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings us Mozart and Brahms, featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson. Herbert Blomstedt, who turns 90 this season, is on the podium and returns to Verizon Hall to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his Philadelphia Orchestra debut.

Credit: Chris Lee

Join us on Easter Sunday to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra conclude its chronological survey of Brahms’ magisterial four symphonies with a performance of his Symphony No. 4, on WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from 1 to 3 pm.

Johannes Brahms' last work was composed for an instrument he’d not written for in decades, in a style that harkened back to J.S. Bach. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on Brahms' chorale preludes for organ.

Big news! We’ve just launched a new classical series every Monday through Saturday night on WRTI HD-2 and our all-classical stream. It’s “Symphony at 7,” leading off with our popular Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts every Monday night at 7 pm, plus a powerhouse lineup of orchestras and concerts Tuesday through Saturday night.

Credit: Dario Acosta

Not to be missed! On Sunday, April 9th, WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast will come to you LIVE from Verizon Hall, with the start time an hour later than usual—at 2 pm. And Yannick Nézet-Séguin will be back on the podium for a concert highlighted by the return to Philadelphia of the young Russian prodigy, pianist Daniil Trifonov! Listen at 90.1 FM in Philadelphia or on our mobile app!

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