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It's Philadelphia Orchestra Day on WRTI!

The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2013 Deutsche Grammophon recording with the ensemble's eighth music director, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conducting.

You're in for a big treat today! We're designating a whole day of programming to our own Philadelphians - from 6 am to 6 pm. Throughout the day during classical hours, you'll hear Philadelphia Orchestra recordings under Music Directors Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph Eschenbach, and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. 

Leopold Stokowski, music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 1912 - 1938

From the Orchestra's first recording (with Stokowski and the Orchestra boarding the ferry to Camden, recording the Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5 at Victor Talking Machine Co.), to the most recent with Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducting (Stokowski transcriptions, and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring) we’ll sample the vast recorded legacy of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Highlights include:

Eugene Ormandy led The Philadelphians between 1936 and 1980.

Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn, with Wolfgang Sawallisch conducting; Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Weber, with Eugene Ormandy conducting; Richard Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, with Eugene Ormandy; Richard Wagner: Love Music from Acts II and III from Tristan and Isolde, arranged and conducted by Leopold Stokowski; Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet highlights, conducted by Riccardo Muti; Poulenc: Organ Concerto, with Olivier Latry, organ and Christoph Eschenbach conducting; J. S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue, arranged by Stokowski, and conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Riccardo Muti led The Philadelphians from 1980 - 1992.

You'll also hear recordings made by guest conductors including Charles Munch, Riccardo Chailly, and Henry Mancini. Listen from 6 am to 6 pm on Thursday, May 7th for Philadelphia Orchestra Day on WRTI.

In 1925, the Philadelphians were the first symphonic orchestra to make electrical recordings. And 90 years later, they've amassed a vast recorded legacy. Today, and every Sunday at 1 pm, WRTI shares this legacy with you.

Wolfgang Sawallisch at his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 1966. He was music director from 1993 - 2003.

Christoph Eschenbach, music director from 2003 - 2008.

Member support keeps these broadcasts, and all our local performances, on the air. Today we're enjoying the Orchestra thanks to generous listeners who helped us successfully end our Spring Warp Drive early.  

Coming up on our weekly Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, May 10 at 1 pm!

As a thank you to every listener who supported the drive, we're giving away a Philadelphia Orchestra prize package today that includes:

  • Two (2) concert-only seats to the orchestra's 2015-16 season Opening Night Concert on September 30, 2015
  • Two (2) orchestra level seats to a select subscription concert during the 2015-16 season
  • A four (4) seat subscription to the Orchestra's 2015-16 Family Concert Series at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
  • A copy of the Orchestra's Stravinsky & Stokowski: Rite of Spring/Bach Transcriptions CD signed by Yannick Nezet-Seguin
  • A signed "40/40" T-shirt commemorating Yannick's vision of presenting 40 pieces of repertoire - from Mozart to Nico Muhly - that have not been heard on subscription concerts in at least the last 40 years

If you missed your opportunity to support our Warp Drive, it's not too late. While you don't have to pledge to enter, you can be automatically entered in the contest if you pledge here by midnight tonight.

If you supported the Warp Drive by responding to a Warp Drive mailing, being a sustaining member, pledging online, or calling 1-866-809-9784 during the drive, you're already entered...and thank you.

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