The Philadelphia Orchestra

WRTI Spotlight
11:59 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Free & Casual Philadelphia Orchestra Pop-Up Concert at Kimmel Center: Tonight at 6:30 PM!

Originally scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night concert tonight, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will “pop up” in an unscheduled appearance at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall instead of traveling to New York City.  Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night concert was cancelled due to a strike by its stagehands.
 

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
9:37 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Violinist Hilary Hahn Performs With The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2 PM

Hilary Hahn

Yannick Nezet-Seguin is on the podium this Sunday at 2 pm in a recorded concert from this past May, which featured Hilary Hahn's return to Philadelphia for Korngold's Violin Concerto. This colorful and cinematic score grew out of Korngold's success in Hollywood while writing many of his treasured film soundtracks.

Also on the program, trademark fanfares, folk melodies, and thunderous crescendos punctuate Mahler's First Symphony, along with humorous folk tunes and inventive orchestrations.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
12:13 am
Fri September 20, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Brahms' German Requiem and More!

Westminster Symphonic Choir

It was an unforgettable performance! Re-live it on Sunday, September 22, 2 to 4 pm as then Music Director-Designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin took the podium in March, 2011 to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra, Westminster Symphonic Choir, and soloists Dorothea Roeschmann and Matthias Goerne in a critically acclaimed performance of Johannes Brahms's humanistic and glorious Ein Deutsches Requiem, A German Requiem - a symphonic as well as a choral masterpiece.

The program also features one of the pillars of the classical repertory: Mozart's Symphony No. 40. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer. 

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Intermission features:

Yannick talks about his deep personal connection to Brahms's choral masterpiece.

Jim Cotter speaks with the Westminster Choir's Choral Director Joe Miller about the Princeton organization's long history performing with the world's greatest orchestras and conductors.

More information, including Program Notes, on The Philadelphia Orchestra website.

Program:

MOZART: Symphony No. 40

INTERMISSION

BRAHMS:  Ein Deutsches Requiem

Dorothea Röschmann, soprano

Matthias Goerne, baritone

Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
3:30 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Lang Lang Plays Beethoven, Rattle Conducts

Sir Simon Rattle

Join us this Sunday, September 15th at 2 pm on WRTI as Sir Simon Rattle taps into an historic connection that The Philadelphia Orchestra has enjoyed with the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, conducting his final two symphonies without interruption, right after intermission. 

Before intermission, Curtis grad and piano superstar Lang Lang will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

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Creatively Speaking
9:42 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Rattle's Reflections on Conducting

Sir Simon Rattle

Coming up on Sunday, September 15th, WRTI's Sunday radio broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert features, on the podium, Englishman Simon Rattle, the music director of the Berlin Philharmonic.  The  internationally renowned conductor has a bond with the Philadelphians, nurtured over the last 20 years.

In the radio broadcast, Rattle leads the orchestra in a program featuring  symphonies no. 6 and 7 of  Sibelius, Norman’s Unstuck, and  Beethoven’s piano concerto No.  3 with Lang Lang as soloist.

Listen to Simon Rattle's conversation with Susan Lewis.

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert
6:04 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, Sunday at 2 PM

Soprano Barbara Hannigan

Soprano Barbara Hannigan's conversation with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Simon Rattle will be on the podium this Sunday at 2 PM for a performance from late May of Beethoven’s "Pastoral" Symphony, with its vivid scenes of gathering thunderstorms, wandering brooks, and breezy country sides.

We’ll also hear Webern's Passacaglia and three fragments from Alban Berg's shattering opera Wozzeck, both of which received their U.S. premieres in Philadelphia as part of Stokowski's vision for 20th-century music.

Soprano Barbara Hannigan, in her Philadelphia Orchestra debut, will perform scenes from Ligeti's thrilling opera, Le Grande Macabre, in character as the Chief of the Secret Political Police. Her performance, vocally, dramatically, and comically, was one of the highlights of the season!

During intermission, Susan Lewis's interview with the versatile and supremely gifted Barbara Hannigan is not to be missed! Gregg Whiteside is host and producer. That's this Sunday, September 8th from 2 to 4 PM.

Detailed program notes and video here.

PROGRAM:
Webern: Passacaglia
Berg: Three Fragments from Wozzeck
INTERMISSION
Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, ("Pastoral")

Simon Rattle: conductor
Barbara Hannigan: soprano

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
12:18 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Jonathan Biss Plays Mozart On The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert Broadcast: Sunday, August 25

Jonathan Biss
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Jonathan Biss discusses his activities beyond the concert hall with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Join us this Sunday at 2 PM for Brahms' radiant Second Symphony, written in a burst of creativity over just 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.

And...Curtis graduate Jonathan Biss returns to perform Mozart's rarely heard Piano Concerto No. 13. Guest conductor Donald Runnicles will be on the podium, from a wonderful concert at Verizon Hall in late April. Don't miss it! Sunday, August 25, 2 to 4 pm on WRTI. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.

Program Notes

PROGRAM:
Elgar - Cockaigne Overture ("In London Town")
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 13, K. 415
INTERMISSION
Brahms - Symphony No. 2

Donald Runnicles - Conductor
Jonathan Biss - Piano

Creatively Speaking
6:51 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Classical Stars Reach Beyond The Concert Hall

Pianist Jonathan Biss

Classical music soloists must spend a lot of time practicing their instruments. But some stars are connecting with fans in ways that reach beyond the concert hall. WRTI’s Susan Lewis spoke with pianist Jonathan Biss and violinist Hilary Hahn.

WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcast on August 25th features Jonathan Biss playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 13. On September 29th, WRTI's concert broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra includes Hilary Hahn playing Korngold's Violin Concerto.

Jonathan Biss discusses his activities beyond the concert hall with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Listen to Susan's interview with Jonathan Biss about writing and other activities beyond the concert hall.

Creatively Speaking
6:46 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Yannick Nezet-Seguin Conducts His First Full Wagner Opera

Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Philadelphians don’t often envy their neighbors in the north. But it was hard not to, when Yannick Nezet- Seguin conducted his Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal in an all-star concert performance of Wagner's Lohengrin at Festival Lanaudiere outside of Montreal on August 11th.

Even a significant diva cliffhanger didn't stop it, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns.


The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert
2:57 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra's First Live Radio Broadcast In 13 Years: An Encore On August 18th, 2 PM

Violinist Gil Shaham

Join us this Sunday at 2 pm for a very special treat. It's the Philadelphia Orchestra's May 24th LIVE broadcast of a concert tribute to the Orchestra’s former Music Director Wolfgang Sawallisch. This was the first live Philadelphia Orchestra broadcast in 13 years, and a memorable event it was, featuring a performance by violinist Gil Shaham of the Brahms Violin Concerto. Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium.

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