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, October 11th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, October 12th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

Information about broadcasts on Sunday, October 18th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, October 19th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

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Ways to Connect

Join us on Sunday, July 19th at 12 PM on WRTI 90.1 to hear Episode 2 of “This Week with Yannick,” an eight-week radio series, hosted and curated by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

George Etheredge

Yannick Nézet-Séguin—Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreal—has spent his career building connections between orchestras, singers, and audiences. Yannick now brings his passion for building connections through music outside of the concert hall and onto the airwaves on WRTI 90.1.

Dario Acosta

The 2019-2020 Philadelphia Orchestra season was built around two themes – BeethovenNow (in this 250th anniversary year of his birth), and WomenNOW. And our Sunday, July 19th re-broadcast at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and repeated on Monday, July 20th 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.

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.

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Join us on Sunday, July 5th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, July 6th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear Wynton Marsalis’s 2009 composition Blues Symphony performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Michael Ozersky/Getty Images

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) composed music in a turbulent political climate where Soviet authorities alternately praised and condemned his work. He kept his first violin concerto in a drawer for seven years until the time was right for its performance in 1955. 

Wikipedia Commons

Bach's Mass in B minor is a testament to a lifetime of work by the "King of Baroque"—but the masterpiece is not a typical Mass in scope or compositional history.

Peter Borg/The Philadelphia Orchestra

WRTI is proud to bring you a very special Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, June 28th from 1 to 4 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, June 29th from 7 to 10 PM on WRTI HD-2.

Luke Ratray


Wikipedia Commons

Violinist Gil Shaham became enthralled by Beethoven's Violin Concerto as a child. Years later, he's still moved by its power. 

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