The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert

Sunday, 1 to 3 pm on WRTI-FM; Monday, 7 to 9 pm on WRTI HD-2

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 Sunday, May 9th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, May 10th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

Information about broadcasts on Sunday, May 16th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, May 17th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

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Ways to Connect

Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on Sunday, May 16th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, May 17th 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 back in early 2018. Cristian Măcelaru conducts.

Four Philadelphia Orchestra brass players routinely sit together in the back of the orchestra. But for a 2018 work by Jennifer Higdon, they all moved 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.


Hans Van Der Woerd

Join us on Sunday, May 9 at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, May 10 at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear this 2016 Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast with pianist Hélène Grimaud who performs a concerto close to her heart—the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2.

Mat Hennek / DG

Unlocking the secrets in music is a joyful enterprise for pianist Helene Grimaud. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on Grimaud’s approach to music and life. On Sunday, May 9th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday May 10th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, Helene Grimaud performs Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 with The Philadelphia Orchestra.


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. He is soloist in this week's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast, playing Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto back in 2017.

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Credit: Jessica Griffin

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 on Sunday, April 25th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, April 26th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

Credit: Jeff Herman

Music can be mysterious, even to those who spend their lives creating it. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the late composer Christopher Rouse pondered the profound power of music with his concerto for organ and orchestra.

Marco Borggreve

Join us on Sunday, April 11th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, April 12th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear this Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from 2016. All three of the works on the program were composed in Paris within a five-year period (1928-33), one by a German, another by a Frenchman, and the last by an American. And they all marvelously combine elements of serious composition with popular influences, notably from jazz.

Dario Acosta

The 2019-2020 Philadelphia Orchestra season was built around two themes – BeethovenNow (in the 250th anniversary year of his birth), and WomenNOW. And our Sunday, April 18th re-broadcast at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and repeated on Monday, April 19th at 7 PM on HD-2 begins and ends with compositions by French women of the 19th and early-20th centuries, with Beethoven right in the middle.

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