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Visit this page to learn all about our esteemed partner organization, The Philadelphia Orchestra. Here you'll find weekly posts with details about our Sunday Philadelphia Orchestra concert broadcasts with host Gregg Whiteside, artist and conductor interviews, insights about the the music, special offers, and more!

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Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Percussionist Christopher Deviney has long been drawn to the music of guitarist Pat Metheny and his composing partner, pianist Lyle Mays. And at 1 pm on WRTI, this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast features the world-premiere performance of Deviney’s orchestration of three Metheny jazz tunes from his award-winning album, Imaginary Day into a Duo Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Orchestra.


A leading percussionist loves the marimba, and WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder asks her why.

Jessica Griffin/Philadelphia Orchestra

A classical percussionist takes on the music of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story of a new concerto for vibraphone and marimba, arranged by Christopher Deviney, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal percussionist.

Hans van der Woerd

Hello Radio Friends! If you were unable to get a ticket for any of the sold-out Philadelphia Orchestra performances this past weekend of Mahler's Third Symphony, or to hear our live broadcast of yesterday's final concert, I strongly encourage you to listen to the re-broadcast tonight at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2, on the fabulous WRTI Mobile App, or our classical web stream at wrti.org.

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.

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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