Symphony in C

When Samuel Barber’s violin concerto was rejected by the man for whom it was commissioned in 1939, he turned to his alma mater — The Curtis Institute of Music — where the concerto was performed to acclaim, leading to its official premiere with The Philadelphia Orchestra. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talked to a panel of artists about Barber’s legacy, and the pleasures and perils of creating and performing new work in Philadelphia.

The famous Wanamaker Organ was installed in John Wanamaker's Philadelphia department store back in 1911. One hundred years later, Macy's Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte was accompanied by Symphony in C in the celebratory Wanamaker Organ Centennial Concert, which was recorded and released on CD last year.

Join us on Sunday, October 4th from 5 to 6 pm to hear an encore broadcast of the music from this special occasion.

Symphony in C’s new music director grew up in Bulgaria, studied in Paris, and has lived on both coasts of the U.S. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he brings enthusiasm and a wealth of experience learning from some of today’s most masterful conductors.

Listen to a broadcast of Stilian Kirov leading Symphony in C on WRTI: Sunday October 4th at 3 pm, in a program featuring music by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, as well as a new work by Patrick O’Malley, the 2015 Winner of the Symphony’s Young Composers' Competition. Alexander Kobrin, pianist.

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

Join us for an all-new Wanamaker Organ Hour show with Peter Richard Conte and Jill Pasternak surveying two new CDs recorded with the Wanamaker Organ as part of two duets - of sorts.

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

At first, “I really wanted to play the clarinet,” admits flutist Megan Emigh (pronounced AY-mee), who is principal flute for Symphony in C. She explains that the idea was to start, at age 4, on flute, and then switch later to the differently pitched clarinet, where a player has to learn how to transpose. But she liked the flute (even though her older sister already played one). “I never switched!”

Gems from the Romantic repertoire take center stage following a performance of the winning entry in the 2015 Young Composers Competition with music by Charles Peck. One of the first concerti of the Romantic age, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1, will feature pianist Roman Rabinovich. The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony in B minor, based on Lord Byron’s dramatic metaphysical poem.

Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova joins Maestro Rossen Milanov and Symphony in C to perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto, Sunday, November 9th at 3 pm on WRTI.  

Also on the program are two of Johannes Brahms' best-loved Hungarian Dances, and the Beethoven Symphony No. 2.

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.