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The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: The Glorious Sound of Christmas Concert with Mendelssohn Chorus

Listen to this joyous Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, December 20th at 1 PM, and on December 21st at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2. It's the Orchestra’s annual Glorious Sound of Christmas concert, recorded in 2014, a tradition since the Philadelphians recorded its best-selling Glorious Sound of Christmas album in 1962.

The Philadelphia Orchestra

The fabled "Philadelphia Sound" was burnished to full sheen for that recording, and the same “Philadelphia Sound” was on display when Bramwell Tovey conducted the Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia.

For the past 150 years the Mendelssohn Chorus has been devoted to sharing great choral music as a way to connect artists, audiences, and communities, and they join the Philadelphia Orchestra for this performance.

We’ll hear seven pieces before intermission, and seven after—and eight of them will be in arrangements by Mr. Tovey himself.  Many of his arrangements include piano parts, which he will play. Maestro Tovey could also be a terrific stand-up comedian, as you will hear when you listen to this concert broadcast.

It’s a treat for the whole family!


The Glorious Sound of Christmas

Bramwell Tovey, Conductor

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia,  Alan Harler, Artistic Director

Traditional/ “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” arr. Tovey

Mendelssohn/ “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” arr. Harris

Traditional/ “Good King Wenceslas” arr. Tovey

Holst/arr. Tovey - “In the Bleak Midwinter”

Tovey - “The Rittenhouse Carol” (World premiere)

Hairston/arr. Tovey -  “Mary’s Boy Child”

Tchaikovsky -  “Waltz of the Flowers,” from The Nutcracker,  Op. 71


Tormé/arr. Lowden - “The Christmas Song”

Gruber/arr. Tovey - “Silent Night”

Moore - “The Night Before Christmas,” a poem with music

Pierpont/arr. Tovey,  "Jingle Bells," Overture

Traditional/arr. Tovey  - “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen”

Anderson  - "Sleigh Ride"

Wade/arr. Harris -  “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, every Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1, streaming online at WRTI.org, and on our mobile app. Listen again on Mondays 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.