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The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Easter Sunday at 1 PM

Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts one of the supreme monuments in Western music, and the work that initiated the great rediscovery of Bach’s music when the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn conducted it in Berlin in 1829 – the St. Matthew Passion.

An impressive roster of soloists, along with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, and the American Boychoir joins The Philadelphia Orchestra in this vast two-part masterpiece, which recounts the last days of Christ, leading to his Crucifixion, performed for Easter in 2013 at Verizon Hall. This was the Orchestra's first performance of the famous oratorio in nearly 30 years.

During intermission, we'll go backstage with Westminster Symphonic Choir Director, Joe Miller. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.

That's this Sunday, April 5 from 1 to 4:30 pm on WRTI. Don't miss this memorable re-broadcast!


J.S. Bach: The Passion According to St. Matthew

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Malin Christensson, soprano

Karen Cargill, mezzo-soprano

Andrew Staples, tenor (Evangelist)

Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone

Luca Pisaroni, bass-baritone (Jesus)

The Westminster Symphonic Choir

The American Boychoir


Gregg was the host of WRTI's morning drive show from 2012 until his retirement from WRTI in January, 2021. He began producing and hosting The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts in 2013, joining the Orchestra in Hong Kong for the first-ever live international radio broadcasts from that island in 2016, and in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for two historic broadcasts in 2018. You can still hear Gregg as host of the Orchestra broadcasts every Sunday and Monday on WRTI.