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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion for Good Friday at Noon

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin 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 Good Friday, April 10th at 12 noon, right after the news, on WRTI 90.1, and streaming online. You can also hear the concert Thursday evening, April 9th at 7 PM on our HD-2 channel and classical stream.  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 Whiteside is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia and streaming online at WRTI.org, every Sunday from 1 to 3 pm, and re-broadcast Monday nights at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2.  
And now until June, 2020: Listen to a weekly schedule of re-broadcasts of additional archival Philadelphia Orchestra concerts. Each program airs Thursday at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 and again on Friday on WRTI 90.1 FM at 1 PM, except for St. Matthew Passion, which begins at noon after the news on Good Friday. Both Thursday and Friday broadcasts are also streamed online. 

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.