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.

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

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Join us on Sunday, May 17th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, May 18th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, when pianist Haochen Zhang, the 29-year-old recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and gold-medal winner at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, will be the soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

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While a classical concerto most commonly features one soloist, Béla Bartók’s concerto for orchestra highlights many sections of the ensemble. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, it became one of Bartók’s most popular works.

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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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianist Daniil Trifonov, and The Philadelphia Orchestra: It's a dream team of Rachmaninoff specialists. Listen to this re-broadcast on Thursday, May 14th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 and Friday, May 15th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1.

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It was in 1832 that the great virtuoso violinist Niccolò Paganini—also an extraordinary violist—became the proud new owner of a Stradivarius viola. Wanting to show it off, but frustrated by the lack of concertos featuring the instrument, he commissioned Hector Berlioz to write a work that would help him put his purchase on display.

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Chris Lee

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. Here's the story behind Scheherazade.2.

Jessica Griffin

Early works for solo viola were often written for violinists, who also happened to play viola. Today, that  music, such as Berlioz's Harold in Italy,  puts violists in the spotlight. Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Violist Choong-Jin (C.J.) Chang spoke with WRTI's Susan Lewis about how he's drawn to the instrument.  

Mat Hennek


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Beethoven, Mozart, and Brahms are all composers dear to the German-born conductor David Afkham, and he makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut directing performances of works by these greats on this  Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Friday, May 1st at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and the night before at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

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