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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI 90.1: Blomstedt, Ohlsson, Brahms, Mozart

Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt

Join us on Sunday, September 20th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, September 21st at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from 2017 featuring works by Mozart and Brahms. Herbert Blomstedt, who turned 90 during that season, conducts and celebrates what was the 30th anniversary of his Philadelphia Orchestra debut. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson is soloist.

Maestro Blomstedt conducts Brahms’s lush Symphony No. 3, a cornerstone of the symphonic repertoire.

The concert begins with one of Mozart’s great piano concertos, composed in Vienna in the 1780’s when he began giving subscription concerts to support himself and his growing family. He wrote a dozen within the space of two years, and No. 25 in C major is the last of them, and one of his greatest works.

The soloist, a familiar presence onstage with The Philadelphia Orchestra, is the extraordinary Garrick Ohlsson, who first appeared with the Philadelphians in 1970, the year he won the Gold Medal at the Chopin International Piano Competition.

Listen to WRTI's Debra Lew Harder's interview with soloist Garrick Ohlsson.

During intermission, WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder speaks backstage with Garrick Ohlsson, and Susan Lewis interviews Herbert Blomstedt on the occasion of his 30th anniversary conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Detailed program notes from the concert


Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, K. 503

     Garrick Ohlsson, piano


Brahms: Symphony No. 3

The Philadelphia Orchestra

     Herbert Blomstedt, 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 mobile app! Listen again on Monday nights at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2.

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.