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:

Information about broadcasts on November 24th at 1 PM on 90.1 and November 25th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2

Information about broadcasts on November 17th at 1 PM on 90.1 and November 18th at 7 PM pn WRTI HD-2

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Posthumus painting by Barbara Krafft in 1819/ Wikipedia Commons

Mozart played both violin and viola, and wrote his Sinfonia Concertante for those two instruments in 1779  after a trip to Paris and Mannheim, where the form was popular.  

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Join us on Sunday, November 24th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 when Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphians in all-Mozart concert from Verizon Hall with soloists from the ranks of The Philadelphia Orchestra, First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang, and Principal Viola C.J. Chang.

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Born in Shanghai in 1990, pianist Haochen Zhang won the Van Cliburn Competition in 2009, which launched his career. He went on to win an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2017, and today he's an international star, receiving kudos from media outlets around the globe. “Such a combination of enchanting, sensitive lyricism and hypnotizing forcefulness is a phenomenon encountered very rarely," says The Jerusalem Post. Two of his favorite things: Rachmaninoff and Philadelphia.

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Repulsed by the brutality against women in the story, A Thousand and One Nights, composer John Adams created a dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra where the solo violin represents a modern, young woman who stands up to her oppressors. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more on Scheherazade.2.

Riccardo Mussacchio

Join us on WRTI 90.1 on Sunday, November 10 at 1 PM when The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcast brings to the Verizon Hall stage violinist Leila Josefowicz, who joins guest conductor John Adams for a performance of the composer/conductor’s own work, Scheherazade.2, his updating—through the lens of  modern sensitivities—of the One Thousand and One Nights tale.

Mat Hennek

Join us on Sunday, November 3rd at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, November 4th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 and the classical stream at to hear the first subscription concert of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2019/2020 season, the Orchestra’s 120th.

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Antonin Dvorak wrote his Symphony No. 9, "From the New World," soon after arriving in America in 1893.  A yearning melody from the second movement took on a new life as a popular American song that continues to be reinvented. 

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Guest conductor Louis Langrée is on the podium for WRTI 90.1's Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcast on Sunday, October 27th at 1 PM, in a program perfectly suited to Halloween week. You'll hear Paul Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Saint-Saens’s Danse Macabre, and Cesar Franck’s The Accursed Huntsman, all before intermission! Listen again on Mondays at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

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How do jazz and classical traditions combine in Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major? Susan Lewis asked Russian classical pianist Kirill Gerstein, who, like Ravel, came to America as a classical musician and immersed himself in jazz.