Rossen Milanov

In 1874, a Methodist preacher and a businessman founded Chautauqua Institution in southwestern New York to train Sunday School teachers and provide adult education. Today, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, Chautauqua’s many offerings include lectures by high-profile speakers, and a panoply of art and music events – all in a disarmingly informal lakeside setting. 

Rossen Milanov says goodbye after 15 brilliant years as music director of Symphony in C. In his final concert, recorded April 25 at the Orchestra's home - the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts - principal winds of the orchestra perform the Sinfonia Concertante for winds, by Mozart. Then, the orchestra plays the Romantic Symphony, the Symphony No. 4 of Bruckner.  Listen to the concert on Sunday at 3 pm on WRTI.


Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major, K. 297b for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon

It’s an all Brahms program with Symphony in C, on Sunday at 3 pm on WRTI. Pianist Alon Goldstein joins Symphony in C for Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1.  The program concludes with the composer’s lyrical Symphony No. 3 in F Major. Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts.  Don’t miss it!


Rossen Milanov, conductor

Alon Goldstein, piano

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90

Acclaimed violinist Augustin Hadelich joins Symphony in C and Music Director Rossen Milanov for one of the most beloved concertos in the repertoire - the Concerto in E minor, by Felix Mendelssohn. That's the centerpiece on this Sunday's broadcast.

Grounded, Yet Flying High: Conductor Rossen Milanov

Oct 11, 2013

Rossen Milanov is a busy man of the world.  The miles he racks up, both driving and flying, are great.  Just look at his schedule from now through the first week in December: the Colorado Symphony in Denver, the Fort Worth Symphony in Texas, the Princeton Symphony in New Jersey, the Latvian National Symphony in Latvia, the Orchesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain, the Aalborg Symphony in Denmark, and finally back home to lead Camden's Symphony in C.  It's almost as though Alec Baldwin is about to come up and ask him, "What's in your wallet?"

WRTI presents Symphony in C under the baton of Music Director Rossen Milanov on March 17th at 4 pm. Written when Mendelssohn was only 17, his Midsummer Night's Dream Overture was the first "concert overture" - a work not intended to introduce a dramatic presentation, but to represent, complete in itself, a literary work, or story, or place.

It's an afternoon of Chopin, Rodrigo, and Lutoslawski on our monthly Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia broadcast. Dirk Brosse conducts Chopin's Piano Concerto, No.2 in F minor. Then, it's Rodrigo's beloved Concierto de Aranjuez led by Andrew Grams, and finally Lutoslawski's Funeral Music led by Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Sunday, October 21st, 5 to 6 pm. Join us!

It's the first broadcast of the season for the acclaimed Symphony in C, and it's an exciting Sunday afternoon on WRTI.  The program starts with the 2013 winner of Symphony in C's Young Composers' Competition, a work by Douglas Buchanan. Pianist Di Wu joins the orchestra for a Rachmaninoff favorite, and the concert concludes with Tchaikovsky's final symphony.  Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts. Sunday, October 14th, 3 to 5 pm.


In recent times, Philadelphians have been made well aware of the fiscal challenges of sustaining a symphony orchestra. Now, around the country, other cities are experiencing such problems first hand. Serious doubts hang over the immediate viability of orchestras in Atlanta, Minnesota, St Paul, Indianapolis, and San Antonio with others likely to soon follow suit. 

Yet in Camden, New Jersey, a city whose very municipal infrastructure is under threat, its orchestra - Symphony In C - continues to garner and grow support, audience, and reputation. 

Symphony in C on ENCORE!

May 11, 2012

It's works by Ligeti, Dvorak, and Roger Zare on Sunday, May 13th from 3 to 5 pm. Rossen Milanov conducts Symphony in C. Violinist Augustin Hadelich is soloist. Roger Zare was the winner of the ensemble's 2012 Young Composers' Competition.

Roger Zare:  Green Flash
Georgy Ligeti:  Violin Concerto
Antonin Dvorak:  Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World"

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