The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert

Sunday, 1 to 3 pm on WRTI-FM; Monday, 7 to 9 pm on Classical Stream

Join us on Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra in live, recorded concerts from Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.

The ensemble has a long and venerable history of radio broadcasts, as the first orchestra with its own commercially sponsored national radio series, beginning in 1929 on NBC. This weekly series of radio broadcasts marks the return of the Orchestra to the airwaves. WRTI's Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.

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Information about broadcasts on September 22 at 1 PM on 90.1 and September 23 at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2

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Pete Checchia/Philadelphia Orchestra

On Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 PM, the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI brings us Sergei Prokofiev’s brilliant take on Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra's semi-staged version of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet from this past May featured much of the music from the ballet, with dancers from Brian Sanders' company JUNK often moving high above the orchestra. WRTI's Susan Lewis spoke with Yannick Nézet-Séguin about the experience.

Jessica Griffin/Philadelphia Orchestra

Composer and jazz trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe has written Healing Tones as a hymn to Philadelphia, an oratorio-like work that celebrates the healers among us, including midwives, doctors, artists and musicians.

Jessica Griffin/Philadelphia Orchestra

Join us on Sunday, September 15th at 1 PM to hear a performance of Hannibal Lokumbe's self-proclaimed gift to Philadelphia: Healing Tones, and Jean Sibelius's Symphony No. 2, which has become a signature piece for the Orchestra.  

Ana Cuba

Join us on Sunday, September 8th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 to hear The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert. This broadcast showcases the “King of Instruments” in all its glory, and where better to hear it than in Verizon Hall with the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ and the Philadelphians? Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Magnus Andersen

While the history of the organ is steeped in majesty and tradition, modern organs are being used to express a range of new sounds. WRTI’s Susan Lewis spoke with soloist James McVinnie about the organ and its starring role in Register, Nico Muhly’s new concerto.

Andrew Bogard

As he wrapped up his third and final year as assistant conductor at The Philadelphia Orchestra, Kensho Watanabe talked with Susan Lewis about his unusual path to the podium.

Julien Mignot

Tchaikovsky enthusiasts, this is for you! Join us on Sunday, September 1st from 1 to 3 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, September 2nd at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 for this Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Gregg Whiteside is host.

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Join us on Sunday, August 25th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, August 26th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast to hear two spiritually inspired works for soloists, chorus, and orchestra that couldn't be more different. 

Kristin Hoebermann

With wide ranging repertoire and a variety of roles, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong has been described by Opera Magazine as someone who can truly "sing it all." She talked with WRTI's Susan Lewis about finding the human element in every work.