The Philadelphia Orchestra

Creatively Speaking
7:43 am
Tue June 4, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra in China: Greeted Like Rock Stars!

Flute player Lu Chunling, who performed at the Arrival Ceremony at the Shanghai Pudong Airport, presents flowers to Orchestra violinist Davyd Booth, one of the original Orchestra members to have been part of the 1973 Tour of China.
Jan Regan

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns is traveling with The Philadelphians in China.

Celebrations of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 40th anniversary tour to China have begun with the kind of fanfare usually associated with rock stars. Upon landing at the Shanghai airport for a two-week tour, the jet-lagged musicians were greeted by TV camera crews and key figures from the original visit, including a 92-year-old Chinese flutist who had composed a new piece for the occasion. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports from China.

Creatively Speaking
1:54 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

A Nomadic Conductor Leads Philadelphia Orchestra In China

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s current China trip is both a celebration of the 40th anniversary of its first tour to that country, and a new kind of overseas engagement. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the 2013 tour and residency is being led by a conductor with a reputation for innovation both on and off the podium.

Hear more from Jim Cotter's interview with conductor Donald Runnicles.


 

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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Creatively Speaking
6:17 am
Tue May 28, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra Wraps the Season: Yannick Looks Back

Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Chris Lee

The Philadelphia Orchestra has wrapped up its first subscription season under the leadership of its eighth music director. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more from Yannick Nezet-Seguin on the musical and non-musical achievements of the season. In September, Yannick will open the next season with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony - the start of a two-year cycle during which the orchestra will perform all of Beethoven’s symphonies. Information about subscriptions to the upcoming Philadelphia Orchestra season.

Maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin talks with Susan Lewis about his first season as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Creatively Speaking
8:13 am
Mon May 27, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra in China: Part One

Maestro Eugene Ormandy at the Great Wall of China in 1973, during the Orchestra's first visit to China.

For the eighth time in its history, The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing in China. Like last year, the focus is on residencies where the Orchestra becomes part of the community playing impromptu concerts in public places, and having joint rehearsals and concerts with the local orchestras. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns is traveling with the Philadelphians and files this report.

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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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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Creatively Speaking
1:12 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Wolfgang Sawallisch: A Musician's Musician

This week, the Philadelphia Orchestra wraps up its subscription season with a special tribute to Wolfgang Sawallisch, who died earlier this year. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Orchestra’s beloved former music director forged strong bonds with the musicians he led.

Listen to reflections about Sawallisch playing chamber music and enjoying musical jokes from Philadelphia Orchestra musicians Davyd Booth, Gloria dePasquale, and Richard Harlow.
Listen to reflections about Conductor Laureate Wolfgang Sawallisch on the podium in Philadelphia, and on tour, from Philadelphia Orchestra musicians Kathryn Picht Read, Jonathan Beiler, and Mark Gigliotti.

Creatively Speaking
1:01 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Memories of Wolfgang Sawallisch On The Podium

Wolfgang Sawallisch served as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 1993 to 2003.

This week, The Philadelphia Orchestra wraps up its subscription season with a special tribute to former music director and conductor laureate, Wolfgang Sawallisch, who died earlier this year.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he’s remembered as a master on the podium.

Listen to reflections about Sawallisch playing chamber music and enjoying musical jokes from Philadelphia Orchestra musicians Davyd Booth, Gloria dePasquale, and Richard Harlow.
Listen to reflections about Conductor Laureate Wolfgang Sawallisch on the podium in Philadelphia, and on tour, from Philadelphia Orchestra musicians Kathryn Picht Read, Jonathan Beiler, and Mark Gigliotti.

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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