The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: The Organ Takes Center Stage, August 20th, 1 PM

Aug 16, 2017

Paul Jacobs, the only organist ever to have won a Grammy Award, will perform in all three works on our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast this coming Sunday, August 20th at 1 pm.

As part of the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ at Verizon Hall, the Organ Concerto of Christopher Rouse was given its world premiere just before intermission of the concert last November.

The nearly 7,000 pipes of this magnificent organ are showcased not only in this new work, written especially for Paul Jacobs, but with two other compositions that demonstrate its marvels: Camille Saint-Saens’s ever-popular Symphony No 3, the “Organ” Symphony, and—to begin the program—Samuel Barber’s Toccata Festiva, composed in 1960 when Mary Louise Curtis Bok Zimbalist donated a new organ to the Academy of Music for Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts this exciting concert! During intermission, WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder speaks with Paul Jacobs, and Susan Lewis talks to Christopher Rouse.

Not to be missed, that’s Sunday, August 20th, 1 to 3 pm on WRTI 90.1, streaming online at, and on our mobile App!

Detailed program notes from the concert


Barber: Toccata Festiva

Rouse: Organ Concerto


Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3, “Organ”

     Paul Jacobs, organ

     Yannick Nézet-Séguin, 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, online at, and on the WRTI mobile app! Enjoy a rebroadcast of Sunday concerts on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI's classical stream as part of our new "Symphony at 7" lineup!