Herbert Blomstedt

Join us on Sunday, September 20th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, September 21st at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from 2017 featuring works by Mozart and Brahms. Herbert Blomstedt, who turned 90 during that season, conducts and celebrates what was the 30th anniversary of his Philadelphia Orchestra debut. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson is soloist.

Stéphane Gallois

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs one of the most remarkable symphonies ever written, Symphonie Fantastique of Hector Berlioz, on WRTI, Sunday August 16th at 1 PM on 90.1 and Monday, August 17th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

Conductor Herbert Blomstedt’s life has been fueled by music for over eight decades. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he says an early listening experience was the spark.

Johannes Brahms finally overcame his writer’s block when it came to writing a symphony at the age of 43. The shadow of Beethoven loomed so ominously that the composer took decades to complete his Symphony No.1. This triumphal work has rightfully found its place among the masterpieces of the 19th-century repertoire.

Conducter Herbert Blomstedt

Aug 4, 2012

At age 84, Herbert Blomstedt is one of the most experienced conductors currently on the international circuit. As The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns discovered, the older he gets, the deeper Blomstedt's personal and artistic convictions, and the less he cares if people share them.

David Patrick Stearns profiles the veteran conductor Herbert Blomstedt - in town to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in an all-Beethoven program.

Susan Lewis looks at a story of injustice that became the basis for a critically acclaimed Broadway musical. The Scottsboro Boys opens in Philadelphia on January 20, 2012.

We listen back to an archive interview with playwright Edward Albee.