The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI 90.1: Mendelssohn, Bruch, and Brahms

Jun 5, 2020

Returning to the podium to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra in this must-hear WRTI 90.1 broadcast on Sunday, June 7th at 1 PM, and Monday June 8th at 7 PM on our HD-2 channel, is Nathalie Stutzmann, an artist who enjoys parallel careers as a world-renowned contralto and a rising-star conductor.

The concert begins with an evocative work by the young Felix Mendelssohn, inspired by a trip to Scotland, his Hebrides Overture.

Then, one of the most beloved of all violin concertos, Max Bruch’s G minor Violin Concerto No.1, will be played by soloist David Kim, in his 21st year as concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Though Bruch wrote one of the most frequently performed works in all of music, he was by profession a pedagogue, conductor, and champion of choral repertory.

Following intermission, one of the most bucolic of the works of Johannes Brahms, his Symphony No.2, composed during a summer holiday in 1877, while Brahms was living on the shores of a beautiful lake.

From the unforgettable opening measures played by the cellos and basses, to the final measures of triumph and courage, the second symphony of Brahms is one of the 19th century’s greatest works.

During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks backstage with David Kim and newly appointed Associate Principal Flute, Patrick Williams.

It’s a Germanic feast for the ears on Sunday, June 7th from 1 to 3 PM on WRTI 90.1, Monday, June 8th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, and streaming at!


Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture

Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor

David Kim, violin


Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D Major

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Natalie Stutzmann, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, every Sunday at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, streaming online at, on the WRTI mobile app, and your favorite smart speaker! Listen again on Mondays at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.