Second Chance To Hear The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2017/2018 Broadcast Season on WRTI 90.1!

Jul 9, 2018

Join us on Sunday, July 15th at 1 pm as we begin re-broadcasting the 2017/2018 Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert season on WRTI 90.1 with music by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and the East Coast premiere of an organ work by the Texan Wayne Oquin, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

This is a second chance to hear the 118th season in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s illustrious history, and Yannick's sixth season as music director. You'll hear all of the Orchestra's subscription concerts every Sunday—recorded and LIVE performances from Verizon Hall!

WRTI's Gregg Whiteside is host and producer of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI 90.1.

Highlights of the season include the world premiere of a distinctly Philadelphia composition, the collaborative work Philadelphia Voices by the innovative composer Tod Machover, Haydn’s choral masterpiece The Seasons, which returns after an absence of more than 20 years, the annual three-week Winter Festival, exploring music from—and inspired by—the British Isles, and new works by Jennifer Higdon and Samuel Jones written for Philadelphia Orchestra principal players.

Throughout the season The Philadelphia Orchestra has celebrated the centenary of the legendary American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, including rare performances of the full West Side Story.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra and a cast of star soloists in a staged production of Puccini’s Tosca in Verizon Hall!

Former Music Director Christoph Eschenbach returns for a program with cellist Alisa Weilerstein.

And esteemed guest conductors who returned to lead subscription concerts include Cristian Măcelaru, James Gaffigan, Donald Runnicles, Pablo Heras-Casado, Fabio Luisi, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Nicholas McGegan.

Making their Philadelphia Orchestra debuts on the podium were two exciting new talents, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and Lahav Shani. The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience will bring many works for 'The King of Instruments" throughout the season.

It was an exciting season for the Fabulous Philadelphians, and you can experience it all right here, beginning this Sunday, July 15 on WRTI 90.1!

This first concert of the Orchestra’s 2017-18 season brings to the Verizon Hall stage Emanuel Ax, in Mozart's final piano concerto, the 27th; an exploration by Yannick and the Philadelphians of Wayne Oquin's work for organ and orchestra, Resilience, written for organist and Philadelphia audience favorite Paul Jacobs, who will perform it in this concert; and Tchaikovsky's imposing Fourth Symphony to conclude the program.

Mr. Jacobs’ performance of the Oquin marks the beginning of the multi-season Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience that will feature the magnificent "King of Instruments" in various performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra throughout the season.

The only organist ever to have won a Grammy, back in 2011, Paul Jacobs is an eloquent champion of his instrument, and he’s been an important influence in the revival of symphonic music that prominently features the organ. He’s also premiered many new works by such composers as Samuel Adler, Mason Bates, Michael Daugherty, Christopher Theofanidis, and Christopher Rouse, among many others.

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony has been a staple of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s repertoire since Fritz Scheel conducted the first Orchestra performances of the work in November of 1905, and it’s sure to be an exciting finale to the first broadcast concert of the season.

During intermission, WRTI's Debra Lew Harder speaks backstage with Emanuel Ax, and Susan Lewis asks Maestro Nézet-Séguin about the 2017/2018 season.

That’s Sunday, July 15th from 1 to 3 pm! The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI 90.1, the WRTI Mobile App, and streaming at

Detailed program notes from the concert


Oquin: Resilience

     Paul Jacobs, Organ

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27

     Emanuel Ax, Piano


Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

The Philadelphia Orchestra

     Yannick Nézet-Séguin, 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, and on our mobile app! Listen again on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2