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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Bramwell Tovey and Alison Balsom! March 26th at 1 PM

Join us for a re-broadcast of a fabulous performance from 2015 featuring British composer, conductor, and pianist Bramwell Tovey performing in all three roles! In addition to conducting his own work, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, played by the brilliant trumpeter Alison Balsom, Tovey also directs the Philadelphia Orchestra in the famous Passacaglia from Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, George Gershwin’s Catfish Row Suite, on tunes from the opera Porgy and Bess, and the Symphonic Dances from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.

Alison Balsom

It was a varied and entertaining program from December 2014; we hope you'll be listening!

Listen to Jim Cotter's interview with soloist Alison Balsom.

Detailed program notes

That's Sunday, March 26th from 1 until 3 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM and streaming on our mobile app!


Benjamin Britten: Passacaglia from Peter Grimes
Bramwell Tovey: Songs of the Paradise Saloon (Philadelphia Orchestra first performance)
     Alison Balsom, trumpet


George Gerwshin: Catfish Row Suite on tunes from Porgy and Bess
Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
     Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI, every Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM, online at WRTI.org, and on our new mobile app!NEW: rebroadcast of Sunday’s concert Monday at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2, as part of our new "Symphony at 7" lineup!

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.