Symphony in C in Concert

Various Sundays Throughout the Year, 4 to 6 PM

Listen to concert broadcasts of Symphony in C on WRTI.

The ensemble is one of three professional training orchestras in the United States preparing musicians and conductors who are on the cusp of world-class careers.

Coming up:

Sunday July 6th
Wanamaker Organ Stokowski Celebration with Macy's Philadelphia Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte

On Saturday evening, September 28, 2019, Symphony In C, the Mid-Atlantic region’s training orchestra, and the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ, teamed up for a centennial commemoration of the Symphony of 15,000, the very first after-store-hours concert in the Grand Court of the John Wanamaker store.  That March 1919 concert featured maestro Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra, with organist Charles M. Courboin on the Wanamaker Organ, celebrating the completion of a major enlargement of the instrument.  The concert showcased the massive organ, with its 7,000 new pipes added to the 11,000 original pipes, and inspired Stokowski to compose his celebrated Bach transcriptions of organ works for orchestra.  It was the largest indoor music event in Philadelphia history.  Over 15,000 music lovers attended that concert, which led to many more collaborations between the organ and regional and national performing organizations and a Golden Age of Wanamaker Concerts.  

The program for the 2019 centennial concert featured Stokowski’s Bach transcriptions, including the iconic Toccata and Fugue in D minor; Widor’s triumphal Third Symphony with orchestra; Respighi’s Passacaglia and Fugue; Elgar’s Bach transcription of the Fantasia and Fugue in C minor; and Buxtehude’s orchestrated Chaconne in E.

Chuck Moses

Join us every Sunday throughout the month of June from 4 to 6 PM on WRTI 90.1 to hear concerts from the 2018-2019 season of Symphony in C, the Mid-Atlantic region’s training orchestra, recorded live in the Gordon Theater on the Rutgers University-Camden campus. 

Youth and springtime are on dazzling display in this Symphony in C concert broadcast, Sunday from 4 to 6 pm on WRTI with music by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, and Respighi.

When Samuel Barber’s violin concerto was rejected by the man for whom it was commissioned in 1939, he turned to his alma mater — The Curtis Institute of Music — where the concerto was performed to acclaim, leading to its official premiere with The Philadelphia Orchestra. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talked to a panel of artists about Barber’s legacy, and the pleasures and perils of creating and performing new work in Philadelphia.

Chuck Moses

Wrap up your Christmas weekend with Symphony in C's "Classically Baroque" concert on WRTI.

Symphony in C’s new music director grew up in Bulgaria, studied in Paris, and has lived on both coasts of the U.S. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he brings enthusiasm and a wealth of experience learning from some of today’s most masterful conductors.

Listen to a broadcast of Stilian Kirov leading Symphony in C on WRTI: Sunday October 4th at 3 pm, in a program featuring music by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, as well as a new work by Patrick O’Malley, the 2015 Winner of the Symphony’s Young Composers' Competition. Alexander Kobrin, pianist.

Rossen Milanov says goodbye after 15 brilliant years as music director of Symphony in C. In his final concert, recorded April 25 at the Orchestra's home - the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts - principal winds of the orchestra perform the Sinfonia Concertante for winds, by Mozart. Then, the orchestra plays the Romantic Symphony, the Symphony No. 4 of Bruckner.  Listen to the concert on Sunday at 3 pm on WRTI.


Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major, K. 297b for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon

It’s an all Brahms program with Symphony in C, on Sunday at 3 pm on WRTI. Pianist Alon Goldstein joins Symphony in C for Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1.  The program concludes with the composer’s lyrical Symphony No. 3 in F Major. Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts.  Don’t miss it!


Rossen Milanov, conductor

Alon Goldstein, piano

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90

At first, “I really wanted to play the clarinet,” admits flutist Megan Emigh (pronounced AY-mee), who is principal flute for Symphony in C. She explains that the idea was to start, at age 4, on flute, and then switch later to the differently pitched clarinet, where a player has to learn how to transpose. But she liked the flute (even though her older sister already played one). “I never switched!”

Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova joins Maestro Rossen Milanov and Symphony in C to perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto, Sunday, November 9th at 3 pm on WRTI.  

Also on the program are two of Johannes Brahms' best-loved Hungarian Dances, and the Beethoven Symphony No. 2.