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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A special New Year's Day treat awaits us on WRTI at 1 pm as Midori—one of the greatest violinists of her generation—teams up with The Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D, one of the towering masterpieces in the repertory. Listen on WRTI's new App!

For Christmas Day at 1 pm, what a treat! It's Handel's Baroque masterpiece, Messiah. Cristian Măcelaru, conductor-in-residence of The Philadelphia Orchestra, directs the 2013 performance, with the Philadelphians joined by four distinguished soloists, and the Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Listen on WRTI's new App!

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.

This Sunday's re-broadcast on WRTI features Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium for the final concert of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2015-16 season. He's joined by a Philadelphia favorite, the incomparable Lang Lang, performing the music of someone else whose career had close ties to Philadelphia, Sergei Rachmaninoff.

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Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony highlights The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast on WRTI this Sunday, November 6th at 1 pm, but there’s so much more. The Violin Concerto of John Williams and Ravel’s well-loved Pavane round out a brilliant program conducted by the Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève.

John Williams, so famous for his award-winning film scores including Jaws, Star Wars, and Schindler’s List, wrote a violin concerto that transcends the personal story behind it. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

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