The WRTI Philadelphia Orchestra Page!

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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It's a special three-hour Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast, on Sunday at 1 pm, capturing highlights of the Orchestra’s three-day Rachmaninoff Festival from last April.

Sergei Rachmaninoff was so distressed by the negative reaction to the 1897 premiere of his first symphony, he stopped composing for nearly three years. What restored his confidence to compose his much-loved Piano Concerto No.2? WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story.

Is it purely luck that determines our fortune in life? Carl Orff’s grand choral extravaganza, based on medieval poetry, Carmina Burana would seem to lead us to think so!

This Sunday, October 22nd, WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast begins and ends with works by Finnish masters and is conducted by Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève. And in between? Pianist Lars Vogt plays one of Grieg's most popular works.

Edvard Grieg was just 24 when he wrote his only completed piano concerto in 1868. It's one of his greatest works, and launched his international career. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talks with pianist Lars Vogt about why he loves playing it.
 


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 this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast features the world-premiere performance of Deviney’s orchestration of three Metheny jazz tunes into a Duo Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Orchestra.

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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.


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

Tune in on Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1, 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.

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