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.

Coming up:

Program for Feb 17 at 1 PM  on WRTI 90.1 and Feb 18 at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2

Program for Feb 24 at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Feb 25 at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2

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Ways to Connect

Pete Checchia/Philadelphia Orchestra

Conductor, composer, pianist, and narrator Bramwell Tovey makes his return to the Philadelphia Orchestra broadcast on WRTI 90.1 on Feb. 17 at 1 PM and WRTI HD-2 on Feb. 18 at 7 PM. He brings a first-ever Philadelphia Orchestra performance of the complete one-act opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, a work that Gian Carlo Menotti composed for a nationwide TV audience in 1951.


Stacey Brown

A sculpture created by her composition teacher inspired Stacey Brown’s work for orchestra, which explores the way we experience art and life. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it’s all a matter of perspective


Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on Sunday, Feb. 3rd at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, Feb. 4th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 begins and ends with the colors of Hungarian folk music, and features the first Philadelphia performance of a concerto by Jennifer Higdon. Cristian Măcelaru conducts.

Four Philadelphia Orchestra brass players routinely sit together in the back of the orchestra. But for a recent work by Jennifer Higdon, they all move to the front of the stage—as soloists and chamber musicians. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talked with the quartet and composer about the surprising sounds we don't often hear from the low brass.


Jessica Griffin

Hollywood may have typecast the bassoon as comedic star, but Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa fills us in on the instrument’s great lyrical expressiveness. WRTI's Susan Lewis has the story.

Dario Acosta

We have ourselves a very unique Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, January 27th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, January 28 at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2. Join us for an all-American concert broadcast that features two Pulitzer Prize-winning compositions, a vibrant orchestral suite drawn from a contemporary opera, and a performance by pianist Garrick Ohlsson.

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A 2010 opera based on Moby-Dick has spawned an orchestral suite. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, this latest incarnation of the classic tale was fueled by the passion of conductor Cristian Măcelaru.

What a concert we have in store for you in this week's broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra!  The celebrated violinist Gil Shaham is soloist and brings you all the passion, energy, and virtuoso fireworks of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major.

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