The Philadelphia Orchestra

Jessica Griffin

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2016-17 season concluded in imposing fashion on Sunday in Verizon Hall, and WRTI brought it to you live in all its glorious splendor!  Hear it again on May 22nd on WRTI, at 7 pm on HD-2, our Moble App, or at wrti.org.


A leading percussionist loves the marimba, and WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder asks her why. Listen this Sunday, May 28th  at 1 pm to the Philadelphia Orchestra broadcast to hear She-e Wu play the marimba in Imaginary Day: Duo Concerto for Vibraphone and Marimba, music of Pat Metheny, arranged and orchestrated by Christopher Deviney.

The Second Violins Are Not Second Fiddle!

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A large orchestra usually has 30 to 40 violinists, divided into two sections. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talks with violinist Paul Arnold about the critical, but often unsung role of the second violins.

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.

Credit: Art Streiber

Join us on Sunday, May 7th from 1 to 3 pm and May 8th from 7 to 9 pm on HD-2  to hear guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas conduct the Philadelphians in a performance of Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the mighty "Eroica," which proved to be not only a turning point in the composer’s career, but in the history of orchestral music.

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.

This Sunday, April 30th on WRTI, Yannick Nézet-Séguin indulges his passion for opera, as our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings to the airwaves Béla Bartók’s searing one-act opera Bluebeard’s Castle, and selections from Tchaikovsky's ballet, Swan Lake.

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.

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