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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Special highlights show includes works by Florence Price, Mozart, Ravel, and Beethoven

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Oboe Phillipe Tondre
Jeff Fusco/The Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Oboe Phillipe Tondre

Join us on Sunday, February 20th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, February 21st at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear highlights from WRTI's new series of Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts.

Series host Melinda Whiting and producer Susan Lewis co-present this special program, sharing some of their favorite selections from the Orchestra’s first concerts before live audiences after the COVID-19 shutdown, including opening nights at both Verizon Hall and Carnegie Hall, as well as subsequent concerts in October and November and the Orchestra’s recent Martin Luther King Day concert.

You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the broadcast series, which now has a slightly new format, including anecdotes from Susan’s interviews with soloists, guest conductors, composers, and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Included are several performances of Beethoven, Ravel, Valerie Coleman, and Florence Price led by Yannick, plus appearances by guest conductors Susanna Mälkki, and Rafael Payare. There’s also a solo turn in Mozart by The Philadelphia Orchestra’s new principal oboist, Philippe Tondre, and chamber music performances by members of the Orchestra.

*Please support WRTI hereduring our Winter Member Drive to keep this series, and all of the music you love, on the air for the entire community to enjoy.


Valerie Coleman: Seven O’Clock Shout
Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314: III. Rondo, Allegretto
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite, excerpts
Strauss/Hasenöhrl: Till Eulenspiegel, einmal anders
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: IV. Allegro vivace
Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Florence Price: Symphony No. 1 in e minor: III. Juba Dance; IV: Finale
Bizet, arr. Kelly and Matsukawa:“Habanera” from Carmen
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major: IV: Allegro molto
Ravel: Bolero

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Susanna Mälkki, and Rafael Payare, conductors

Philippe Tondre, oboe

Listen to The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, every Sunday at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, streaming at WRTI.org, on the WRTI mobile app, and on your favorite smart speaker. Listen again on Mondays at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2. Listen for up to two weeks after broadcast onWRTI Replay. 

Melinda has worked in radio for decades, hosting and producing classical music and arts news. An award-winning broadcaster, she has created and hosted classical music programs and reported for NPR, WQXR—New York, WHYY–Philadelphia, and American Public Media. WRTI listeners may remember her years hosting classical music for WFLN and WHYY.
Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.