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. (Special additional broadcasts until June, 2020: Thursday evenings at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, Friday afternoons at 1 PM on WRTI-FM.)

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 Thursday, March 26th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, and Friday, March 27th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1.

Information about broadcasts on Sunday, March 29th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, March 30th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

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It's enchanted and enchanting music played by The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI, Sunday, March 29th at 1 PM on 90.1 and Monday, March 30th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

Bram Goots

An opera-ballet about a child and his enchanted toys and animals came into being in the wake of World War I. Maurice Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges, or "the Child and the Spells" explores human cruelty and kindness through the eyes of a child. 

Maurice Jerry Beznos

Pianist Emanual Ax, known both for both his virtuosity and genuine good nature, is drawn to the power and genius of Beethoven. You wouldn't know, just from talking to him, that he's one of today's great pianists.

Mathias Bothor

At a time when we need the music the most, concert halls around the world are dark. The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2019-2020 season, so exciting in this 250th Beethoven anniversary year, has been put on hold. However, Philadelphia Orchestra broadcasts of concerts from earlier this season will continue on WRTI 90.1.

Credit: Carliss Million

The Philadelphia Orchestra has canceled performances of Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth Symphonies scheduled for March 12th, 14th and 15th as a safety measure due to the coronavirus outbreak. But there's good news: Thanks to the unique partnership between WRTI and the Orchestra, the music will still be heard by thousands of listeners throughout our region and the world.

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Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony premiered in 1808 and was praised as "one of the most important works of the time" by critic E.T.A. Hoffman. WRTI’s Susan Lewis explores why, in the more than 200 years since, the work retains its extraordinary appeal.


Jan Regan

The Philadelphians and Yannick Nézét-Seguin present a symphonic journey that begins with a world premiere, and then traverses both the 5th and 6th symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven. This concert, which was to be performed to a sold-out house at Verizon Hall but had to be canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak, will be heard exclusively on WRTI 90.1 on Friday, March 13th at 2 PM, and Sunday, March 15th at 1 PM, and Monday night, March 16th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

In the mid-19th century, there were few performance opportunities for large-scale works by women composers. Today, a symphony composed in the 1840s by French pianist, teacher and composer Louise Farrenc is finally getting well-deserved attention on the concert stage in Philadelphia.

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Join us on Sunday, March 1st at 1 PM to hear Yannick Nézét-Séguin conduct the first Philadelphia Orchestra subscription concert at the Academy of Music in nearly 20 years.

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