The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Blomstedt, Ohlsson, Brahms & Mozart: April 23 at 1 PM

Apr 18, 2017

This Sunday, April 23rd, WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings us Mozart and Brahms, featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson. Herbert Blomstedt, who turns 90 this season, is on the podium and returns to Verizon Hall to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his Philadelphia Orchestra debut.

As a part of this season’s cycle of Brahms symphonies,  Maestro Blomstedt conducts Brahms’s lush Symphony No. 3, a cornerstone of the symphonic repertoire.

The concert begins with one of Mozart’s great piano concertos, composed in Vienna in the 1780’s when he began giving subscription concerts to support himself and his growing family. He wrote a dozen within the space of two years, and No. 25 in C major is the last of them, and one of his greatest works.

The soloist, a familiar presence onstage with The Philadelphia Orchestra, is the extraordinary Garrick Ohlsson, who first appeared with the Philadelphians in 1970, the year he won the Gold Medal at the Chopin International Piano Competition.

During intermission, WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder speaks backstage with Garrick Ohlsson, and Susan Lewis interviews Herbert Blomstedt on the occasion of his 30th-anniversary conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra.

That’s Sunday, April 23rd, from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI.

Detailed program notes from the concert


Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, K. 503

     Garrick Ohlsson, piano


Brahms: Symphony No. 3

The Philadelphia Orchestra

     Herbert Blomstedt, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI, every Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM, online at, and on our new mobile app! NEW: rebroadcast of Sunday concerts on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2, as part of our new "Symphony at 7" lineup!