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The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI 90.1: Stutzmann Conducts Mendelssohn, Bruch, Brahms

As you may have heard, The Philadelphia Orchestra has a new principal guest conductor, and she is no stranger to Philadelphia audiences, having conducted some impressive, memorable performances here. She’s Natalie Stutzmann, and you can hear her conducting The Philadelphians in this concert broadcast from October, 2019. It brought some incisive performances of the music of Bruch, Mendelssohn, and Brahms to Verizon Hall.

Listen on Sunday, January 24th at 1 PM on WRTI, and Monday, January 25th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

The concert begins with an evocative work by the young Felix Mendelssohn, inspired by a trip to Scotland, his Hebrides Overture.

Then, one of the most beloved of all violin concertos, Max Bruch’s G minor Violin Concerto No.1, is played by soloist David Kim, longtime concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Though Bruch wrote one of the most frequently performed works in all of music, he was by profession a pedagogue, conductor, and champion of choral repertory.

Following intermission, you'll hear one of the most bucolic of the works of Johannes Brahms, his Symphony No.2, composed during a summer holiday in 1877 while Brahms was living on the shores of a beautiful lake.

From the unforgettable opening measures played by the cellos and basses, to the final measures of triumph and courage, the second symphony of Brahms is one of the 19th century’s greatest works.

Associate Principal Flute Patrick Williams talks about the program with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks backstage with David Kim and Associate Principal Flute Patrick Williams.


Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture

Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor

David Kim, violin


Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D Major

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Natalie Stutzmann, conductor

Listen to The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, every Sunday at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, streaming online at WRTI.org, on the WRTI mobile app,and your favorite smart speaker! Listen again on Mondays at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2. Gregg Whiteside is 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.