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.

Program post for April 27th

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April 20, 2014

1:00 PM
St. Matthew Passion
Artist : Malin Christensson - Soprano; Karen Cargill - Mezzo-soprano; Andrew Staples - Tenor (Evangelist); Andrew Foster-Williams - Bass-baritone; Luca Pisaroni - Bass-baritone (Jesus); The Westminster Symphonic Choir; The American Boychoir
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Recorded in concert

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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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Creatively Speaking
6:02 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

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.

Listen to Susan Lewis’ interview with Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang.

Maestro Jaap van Zweden, Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev
5:10 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Two Popular Russian Works!

Maestro Jaap van Zweden

This Sunday from 2 to 4 pm, Guest Conductor Jaap van Zweden takes the podium to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra in an all-Russian program from mid-April, which offers two major works. Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, inspired by the sights and sounds of Italy, was originally scored for string sextet. We’ll hear it performed in an expanded version for the full strings of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Yannick Nezet-Seguin Conducts!
11:18 am
Sun May 5, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Garrick Ohlsson Plays Brahms, May 5th, 1 PM

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson

Join us Sunday at 1 pm (one hour earlier than usual) as Garrick Ohlsson plays Brahms, and Yannick returns to the podium to conduct 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!

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A First!
5:59 am
Sat April 27, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Yannick Conducts Bach's ENTIRE St. Matthew Passion!

J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750)

You're in a for a treat this Sunday, April 28th at 2 pm! That's when our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert Broadcast will feature a first for the ensemble:  It's the first time in the Orchestra's distinguished history that they performed the complete, uncut St. Matthew Passion, in two parts, with five soloists, the Westminster Symphonic Choir, and American Boychoir, all under the direction of Yannick Nezet-Seguin.  

This exciting, historical first was performed at the end of March, during the Easter period.

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