Gregg Whiteside

Classical Host

Gregg has been a fixture on WRTI since 2004. He has been the host of the morning drive show since 2012, and producer and anchor of The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts since 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.

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, Gregg has produced and hosted live broadcasts abroad from London, Venice, Vienna, Hamburg, Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.

Gregg Whiteside can be heard weekdays from 6 to 10 am. He is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts heard on Sundays from 1 to 3 pm. Sign up for Gregg's Sousalarm Club online! Fill out a brief form here.

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Venerated conductor Christoph von Dohnányi conducts the music of two Viennese masters this Sunday, July 21st  at 2 pm, in a Philadelphia Orchestra concert from last March at Verizon Hall.

Franz Schubert's beloved "Unfinished" Symphony has taken a rightful place among the standards of the repertoire, even if we may never understand why he abandoned the work after just two enduring movements. And Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4, "Romantic," was his first great symphonic success, a breathtaking work that inspires audiences every time it's performed.

Composed 52 years apart, the two works are tailor-made for the dense, glorious string sound of The Fabulous Philadelphians.

Christoph von Dohnanyi talks about the works at Intermission with WRTI's Jim Cotter.  Also, during Intermission, WRTI's Susan Lewis discusses the importance of the conductor's approach when performing these two works with Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim.

It's Viennese Masters with The Philadelphia Orchestra, this Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.

Detailed Program Notes Here at The Philadelphia Orchestra's Website

PROGRAM:

Schubert: Symphony in B minor ("Unfinished")

INTERMISSION

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 ("Romantic")

Marco Borggreve

Guest conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra in a concert from last March that offers the spirit of Mozart a connecting thread. Perhaps not surprising since, in 1787, the 16-year-old Beethoven traveled to Vienna from his native Bonn to study with Mozart. Though little is known about their encounter, Beethoven, according to legend, impressed the master, but could stay in Vienna only a short time before being called home to tend to his dying mother. Although he never would never see Mozart again, who had died by the time he returned to Vienna to study with Haydn, Beethoven greatly esteemed him as a model.

In the first half of the program this afternoon, we’ll hear one of Mozart’s most dramatic piano concertos, Number 20, in the passionate key of D minor, one which Beethoven himself particularly  admired, and for which he in fact wrote the cadenzas that pianist Rudolph Buchbinder will perform.

During intermission, we’ll hear from both maestros Dohnanyi and Buchbinder as they speak with WRTI's Jim Cotter. The program will conclude with Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, a turning point not only in Beethoven’s career, but in the history of music!

The concert begins with one of Witold Lutoslawski's most accessible and highly expressive works from the  1940s and '50s, his Funeral Music. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer. Sunday, July 14, 2 to 4 pm.

More information, including program notes, on The Philadelphia Orchestra's website

Christoph von Dohnányi - Conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder - Piano

PROGRAM:
Lutoslawski - Funeral Music
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466
INTERMISSION
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica")

Join us Sunday, July 7th at 2 pm, as Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a program from late January at Verizon Hall featuring two composers who actually met during the 1865 premiere of Tristan und Isolde, Richard Wagner and Anton Bruckner.

Join us to hear The Philadelphians in a live concert recording from October, 2012, featuring Bernstein’s Serenade, Brahms’s Symphony No. 4, and Gabriela Lena Frank’s Concertino Cusqueno. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts. Violinist Joshua Bell is soloist. Gregg Whiteside is producer and host. Sunday, June 30, 2 to 4 pm.

PROGRAM:

Gabriela Lena Frank - Concertino Cusqueño (world premiere)
Bernstein - Serenade (after Plato's Symposium)
INTERMISSION
Brahms - Symphony No. 4

Simon Rattle will be back on the podium this Sunday at 2 pm for a Philadelphia Orchestra performance from late May of Beethoven’s "Pastoral" Symphony, with its vivid scenes of gathering thunderstorms, wandering brooks, and breezy countrysides. We’ll also hear Webern's Passacaglia, and Three fragments from Alban Berg's shattering opera Wozzeck, both of which received their U.S. premieres in Philadelphia as part of Leopold Stokowski's vision for 20th-century music. 

This Sunday from 2 to 4 pm, The Philadelphia Orchestra renews its historic connection with the great Finnish master Jean Sibelius (Stokowski led the U.S. premieres of his last three symphonies) as Simon Rattle will conduct the final two symphonies, Nos. 6 and 7, together without interruption, from a May, 2013 concert.

As the Philadelphia Orchestra continues its residency in China, we listen back this Sunday to one of Wolfgang Sawallisch's last performances with the Orchestra from late April, 2003.

Jillian Edelstein/EMI Classics

The Philadelphia Orchestra's 113th season may be over this weekend, but our broadcast year isn’t done!  We’ll be back with you Sunday, May 26th, at our usual 2 PM time, for more Brahms - as we’ll hear his radiant Second Symphony, written in a burst of creativity over a few short months.

Also on the program is Elgar's spirited Cockaigne Overture, ("In London Town"), drawing its character from the sometimes bawdy urban sounds of marching bands, church bells, and merry revelers.

Bach specialist Nicholas McGegan conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra this Sunday, May 19th, 2 to 4 pm, in an all-Bach concert - bringing a special touch to the Orchestra, and throwing the spotlight on several Philadelphia Orchestra soloists.

Concertmaster David Kim, Principal Oboist Richard Woodhams, Principal Horn Jennifer Montone, and Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner are just some of the stellar players of the Orchestra who will play major roles in a program including:

This Sunday from 2 to 4 pm, Guest Conductor Jaap van Zweden takes the podium to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra in an all-Russian program from mid-April, which offers two major works. Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, inspired by the sights and sounds of Italy, was originally scored for string sextet. We’ll hear it performed in an expanded version for the full strings of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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