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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Schumann and Mozart, Sunday, January 17th at 1 PM

Benjamin Ealovega
Pianist Jonathan Biss

Guest conductor Robin Ticciati conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra in works by Robert Schumann and Wolfgang Mozart on this Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast at 1 pm. Pianist Jonathan Biss is soloist.

Credit Marco Borggreve
Conductor Robin Ticciati

Schumann's Manfred Overture, inspired by Lord Byron's poem Manfred in the late 1840s, opens the program, a work that Schumann himself called a "dramatic poem with music." The design of this overture may be conventional, but the inner workings are as passionate and daring as Byron's poem.

Also on the program, Mozart's 27th, and last, piano concerto, played by Curtis graduate (and now faculty member) pianist Jonathan Biss, who brings a special touch to Mozart’s music.

Listen to WRTI's Susan Lewis interview guest conductor, Robin Ticciati.

Concluding the concert, Schumann's Symphony No. 4, his last symphony, and a work the composer set aside for a decade before its completion. 

During intermission, WRTI's Bliss Mickelson and Susan Lewis speak backstage with Jonathan Biss and Robin Ticciati.

That's Sunday, January 17th, from 1 to 3 PM on WRTI!

Detailed program notes from The Philadelphia Orchestra performance in November, 2015


Schumann: Manfred Overture

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27,

Jonathan Biss, piano


Schumann: Symphony No. 4

Robin Ticciati, conductor

Gregg Whiteside, host


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.