Gregg Whiteside

Classical Host

Gregg was the host of WRTI's morning drive show from 2012 until his retirement from WRTI in January, 2021. He began producing and hosting The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts in 2013, joining the Orchestra in Hong Kong for the first-ever live international radio broadcasts from that island in 2016, and in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for two historic broadcasts in 2018. You can still hear Gregg as host of the Orchestra broadcasts every Sunday and Monday on WRTI.

Before arriving in Philadelphia, Gregg was the national voice of live broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic, and produced and hosted intermission features at The Metropolitan Opera, while hosting the morning show at WQXR in NYC for many years.

Gregg also narrated the PBS special Pavarotti and the Italian Tenor, Classic Views video magazine, the feature film Royal Kalibur, and the documentary Montserrat Caballe, Beyond Music.

Gregg hosted live, national 9/11 tributes from Riverside Cathedral in New York, and Manhattan’s Pierpont Morgan Library, along with F. Murray Abraham and George Plimpton.

In addition to Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Gregg has produced and hosted live broadcasts abroad from London, Venice, Vienna, Hamburg, and Haifa.

 

Ways to Connect

Jessica Griffin/Philadelphia Orchestra

Join us on Sunday, Feb. 28th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, March 1st at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, when Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphians in an all-Mozart concert from 2019, with soloists from the ranks of The Philadelphia Orchestra, First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang, and Principal Viola C.J. Chang.

Matt Murphy

Join us on Sunday, February 21st at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, February 22nd at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear a rebroadcast of one of the first concerts of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2019/2020 season, the Orchestra’s 120th.

Pete Checchia/The Philadelphia Orchestra

Join us on Sunday, February 14th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, February 15th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear a fabulously romantic Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from 2019. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Sergei Prokofiev’s brilliant take on Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.

Sammy Hart/DG

Join us Sunday, Feb. 7th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, Feb. 8th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear this stunning Philadelphia Orchestra concert broadcast from 2014, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Courtesy of the artist

Join us on Sunday, January 31st at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, February 1st at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast from 2013. Two works written for the Orchestra are on the program: Tan Dun's Nu Shu, The Secret Songs of Women, and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances.

Simon Fowler

As you may have heard, The Philadelphia Orchestra has a new principal guest conductor, and she is no stranger to Philadelphia audiences, having conducted some impressive, memorable performances here. She’s Natalie Stutzmann, and you can hear her conducting The Philadelphians in this concert broadcast from October, 2019. It brought some incisive performances of the music of Bruch, Mendelssohn, and Brahms to Verizon Hall.

Fay Fox

At a time when renewal of hope is so important, WRTI is proud to rebroadcast the transcendent "Resurrection" Symphony of Gustav Mahler on Sunday, January 17th at 1 PM on WRTI, and Monday, January 18th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

Courtesy of The Philadelphia Orchestra

This was an unforgettable performance of two works that were crucial in the development of Yannick Nézet-Séguin as a young conductor. On Sunday, January 10th at 1 PM on WRTI and Monday, January 11th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, we're rebroadcasting this concert from March, 2011.

January 4, 2021. Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro in E-flat major, BWV 998, is a musical composition by Johann Sebastian Bach, intended for either lute or harpsichord. But Bach was constantly re-inventing his music for different instruments, and on this disc guitarist Sean Shibe gives us an elegant demonstration of how well-suited this work is to the classical guitar.

Michael Patrick O’Leary

Welcome 2021 with The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on Sunday, January 3rd at 1 PM and Monday, January 4th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2. It's a festive and memorable concert from December, 2015 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium conducting a suite from Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, and Stravinsky’s complete Firebird ballet, with lavish orchestration, including three harps! It’s a rare opportunity to hear the complete score of this revolutionary work.

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