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, March 7th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, March 8th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

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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.

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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.

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

Ben Dashwood

A moving song cycle about love has an equally powerful backstory. Captivated by a collection of Pablo Neruda's love poems, composer Peter Lieberson set five of them to be sung by his wife. In 2005, Lorraine Hunt Leiberson premiered, performed and recorded them, but died the next year. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, the song cycle, Neruda Songs, lives on. 

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Join us on Sunday, June 14th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, June 15th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 as our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings you two 21st-century works performed for the first time by the Philadelphians, and Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird from early in the 20th century.

On this Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Thursday, June 4th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 and Friday, June 5th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, guest conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium, and the brilliant young French pianist Lise de la Salle, with whom Maestro Luisi has often collaborated, is the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.

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Join us on Sunday, May 31st at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and on Monday, June 1st at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 for an unforgettable rebroadcast of the Fabulous Philadelphians!

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One of the finest violinists of her generation, Lisa Batiashvili has teamed up with Yannick Nézet-Séguin for some memorable performances.  You can hear the rebroadcast of one of them on Thursday, May 28th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 and Friday, May 29th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, when she plays Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin loves Mahler's Symphony No.5 for many reasons. One is that it's a work that epitomizes everything that orchestral music can be. 

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky—who wrote such lush, sweeping melodies for strings—composed one violin concerto. But in it, he put a world of emotions. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more.

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