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Visit this page to learn all about our esteemed partner organization, The Philadelphia Orchestra. Here you'll find weekly posts with details about our Sunday Philadelphia Orchestra concert broadcasts with host Gregg Whiteside, artist and conductor interviews, insights about the the music, special offers, and more!

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Samuel Jones, an award-winning composer whose works are performed by major orchestras and choral groups around the United States, recently visited Philadelphia for the premiere of his flute concerto by The Philadelphia Orchestra. It brought back strong memories of how Eugene Ormandy mentored him long ago. 

Join us for a fabulous concert broadcast from the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2015 St. Petersburg Festival, celebrating the great master of the third generation, Dmitri Shostakovich. Sunday, January 28th at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, January 29th at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2.

Dmitri Shostakovich, known for many dramatic works composed in the shadow of Stalin, showed a different side —one filled with humor and family ties—in his Piano Concerto No. 2.


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This Sunday, January 21st at 1 pm, and Monday, January 22nd at 7 pm on HD-2, our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI 90.1 brings you a work very familiar through recordings, but not often performed in the concert hall: Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

Three bagpipers from the Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes & Drums join The Philadelphia Orchestra this week in performances of Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise.

On this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast, it's works by American composers born and trained in the U.S.A, and a Czech master who wrote some of his most enduring compositions while living in the States.

Wikipedia Commons/Dick DeMarsico, World Telegram staff photographer

Join us on Monday, January 15th at 1:30 pm for a LIVE broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert at Girard College's historic chapel, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Handel’s Messiah, originally composed for performance during the springtime Christian observance of Lent, has become a contemporary staple of Christmas celebrations in modern America. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on this 18th-century oratorio.

It's a special three-hour Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast, on Sunday at 1 pm, capturing highlights of the Orchestra’s three-day Rachmaninoff Festival from last April.

Sergei Rachmaninoff was so distressed by the negative reaction to the 1897 premiere of his first symphony, he stopped composing for nearly three years. What restored his confidence to compose his much-loved Piano Concerto No.2? WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story.

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