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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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It’s a world with a language of its own. The Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall is being converted into a movie palace—with all of the broad audience appeal implied—but with key differences.

Handel’s Messiah, originally composed for performance during the springtime Christian observance of Lent, has become a contemporary staple of Christmas celebrations in modern America. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on this 18th-century oratorio.

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This Sunday, December 18th at 1 pm, WRTI's broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert brings us a performance of the powerful Brahms Symphony No. 1, the composer’s answer to Beethoven, and the culmination of 15 years’ work. Parisian conductor Alain Altinoglu, who earned raves for his performances in his 2014 Philadelphia Orchestra debut, conducts. Download our App to listen wherever you are!

Although Handel’s Messiah is now regularly performed during the Christmas holidays, the work was actually premiered in the spring before Easter. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the fantastically successful masterpiece, which was created by necessity in just 24 days over two centuries ago.


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Is leading a symphony orchestra anything like playing chess? As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, one very busy conductor, Alain Altinoglu, is drawn to both.

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Join us this Sunday on WRTI for a mini festival of Russian favorites, as Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève returns to the Verizon Hall podium to conduct The Philadelphians. Download our new App to listen wherever you are in the world!

Credit: Felix Broede

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a highly educated member of the Russian elite. But it’s his connection with folk tunes and the countryside that especially touches one of today’s young classical stars. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

What instrument has been used to conjure a shepherd’s horn as well as a human cry of despair? WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the oddly named, but evocative, English horn.

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The third broadcast concert of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2016-17 season has an all-French theme and it’s yours to enjoy this Sunday, December 4th, at 1 pm, as WRTI presents The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert. Download our new App to listen wherever you are in the world!

A glorious work infrequently heard in the concert hall will grace the airwaves this Sunday, November 27th at 1 pm, as the Philadelphia Orchestra, soloists, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir perform Mozart's Great Mass in C minor at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

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