Kirill Gerstein

Join us on Sunday, September 13th at 1 pm for a re-broadcast from the final week of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s January 2015 St. Petersburg Festival, celebrating the great master of the third generation, Dmitri Shostakovich. Like Tchaikovsky before him, Shostakovich visited Philadelphia just once, but his connections to the Orchestra were unmatched by any other American ensemble. Of his 15 symphonies, seven received their first U.S. performance by the Philadelphians.

Dmitri Shostakovich, known for many dramatic works composed in the shadow of Stalin, showed a different side - one filled with humor and family ties - in his Piano Concerto No. 2.

Listen to WRTI on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 1 pm as Kirill Gerstein performs Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Details here.

A world-premiere recording of Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto released this year has won an international award. How can such a well-known piece be having a recording premiere? WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.


It's musical highlights from The Philadelphia Orchestra's fabulous array of November concerts - this Friday, November 2nd, right after the news at noon. You'll hear music from their Copland and Gershwin (and Barber and Sierra) themed concerts this week, their Stokowski Legacy concerts next week, and Alexander Nevsky and A Taste of Paris concerts scheduled for later in the month. 

Music for the broadcast on Friday includes works by Samuel Barber, George Gershwin, Cesar Franck, Francis Poulenc, and Sergei Prokofiev.  Don't miss it!