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The Philadelphia Orchestra Returns to the Airwaves in Partnership with WRTI 90.1 FM

February 5, 2013

 Regular Series of Local Broadcasts Brings the Legendary Philadelphia Sound to Listeners from Wilmington to Scranton, and Everywhere in Between

(Philadelphia, February 5, 2013)—The Philadelphia Orchestra and WRTI-FM have announced a new partnership, marking the return of the Orchestra to the local airwaves. Beginning this February, listeners from the tri-state area will be able to tune in weekly to WRTI-FM, Temple University’s classical music and jazz radio station, to hear pre-recorded versions of Philadelphia Orchestra subscription concerts throughout the remainder of the 2012-13 season. This new lineup of weekly broadcasts, airing Sunday afternoons at 2 PM, will kick off on Sunday, February 24, at 2 PM with the Bell, Bernstein, and Brahms subscription program featuring Bernstein’s Serenade, Brahms’s Symphony No. 4, and Gabriela Lena Frank’s Concertino Cusqueño—which was premiered in Philadelphia earlier this fall as part of this subscription program. The four-month-long radio series will culminate in a live broadcast on Friday, May 24, at 2 PM with Yannick Nézet-Séguin-led performances by The Philadelphia Orchestra of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dance Nos. 1, 10, and 8; Janáček’s Sinfonietta; and Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody, No. 1—in lieu of the previously scheduled Romanian Rhapsody No. 2. Gil Shaham will also perform Brahms’s Violin Concerto, on the same program.

Longtime classical music radio personality Gregg Whiteside, who recently joined the WRTI-FM weekday team, will host each Philadelphia Orchestra Sunday broadcast. For over 20 years, millions of listeners across the country tuned in to hear Whiteside, as morning classical host for WQXR-FM in New York City and the national voice of live broadcasts for the New York Philharmonic. He is also known for his past work as the commercial voice for the Metropolitan Opera. Listeners in the Philadelphia tri-state region can now hear Whiteside between 6 AM and 10 AM on WRTI-FM every weekday morning.

As a non-profit, member-supported public radio station, WRTI-FM operates as a broadcast service of Temple University with online streams reaching listeners locally and around the world. Commonly known as “Philadelphia’s University,” Temple’s location is local but its reach is global—with a presence as far as Tokyo and Rome. In much the same way, The Philadelphia Orchestra is recognized both locally and abroad—sustaining a presence both across the U.S. and around the world, making this a natural partnership for the two organizations.

Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore comments, “We are thrilled that the Orchestra will once again be broadcast on the radio through our partnership with WRTI-FM and its parent, Temple University. We have had long and fruitful relationships with both organizations and are eager to now partner more closely to share the Philadelphia Sound, the magic of Yannick, and this incredible ensemble.”

“I am so proud that The Philadelphia Orchestra is returning to the radio as part of my first season as music director,” said Yannick Nézet-Séguin. “It is important for us to go beyond the concert hall with our music, to connect with our audiences on the radio and online, here in Philadelphia and now also far beyond. This is just one of many ways we will open new windows into our music to welcome new listeners into our Philadelphia Orchestra family.”

The Philadelphia Orchestra has a long and venerable history of radio broadcasts, as the first orchestra with its own commercially-sponsored national radio series, beginning in 1929 on NBC. The Orchestra is also widely known for its innovative use of technology aimed at bringing the concert-hall experience to listeners everywhere.

“We are delighted, in this our 60th anniversary year, to bring concert broadcasts of The Philadelphia Orchestra to listeners in our region and throughout the world,” comments Dave Conant, WRTI general manager. “It is part of our mission, as a public radio station, to share this music with the community and also deepen the connection we all have with the Fabulous Philadelphians.”

Broadcasts can be heard weekly on Sundays at 2 PM beginning on February 24 in Philadelphia (90.1 FM); Reading (97.7 FM); Allentown (97.1 FM); Wilmington (107.7 FM); Harrisburg (91.7 FM); York (90.7 FM); Lancaster, Ephrata, and Lebanon (90.7 FM); Mt. Pocono (91.1 FM); Wilkes-Barre (94.9 FM); Pottsville (99.1 FM); Scranton (106.1 FM); Ocean City (91.3 FM); and Coatesville (89.3 FM). Each broadcast will also be available online at WRTI’s website, WRTI.org. For more information, visit www.wrti.org.

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Renowned for its distinctive sound, beloved for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of “firsts” in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has cultivated an extraordinary history of artistic leaders in its 112 seasons, including music directors Fritz Scheel, Carl Pohlig, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Christoph Eschenbach, and Charles Dutoit, who served as chief conductor from 2008 to 2012. With the 2012-13 season, Yannick Nézet-Séguin becomes the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Named music director designate in 2010, Nézet-Séguin brings a vision that extends beyond symphonic music into the vivid world of opera and choral music.

Philadelphia is home and the Orchestra nurtures an important relationship not only with patrons who support the main season at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts but also those who enjoy the Orchestra’s other area performances at the Mann Center, Penn’s Landing, and other venues. The Philadelphia Orchestra Association also continues to own the Academy of Music—a National Historic Landmark—as it has since 1957.

Through concerts, tours, residencies, presentations, and recordings, the Orchestra is a global ambassador for Philadelphia and for the United States. Having been the first American orchestra to perform in China, in 1973 at the request of President Nixon, today The Philadelphia Orchestra boasts a new partnership with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The Orchestra annually performs at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center while also enjoying a three-week residency in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and a strong partnership with the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

The ensemble maintains an important Philadelphia tradition of presenting educational programs for students of all ages. Today the Orchestra executes myriad of education and community partnership programs serving over 45,000 annually, including its Neighborhood Concert Series, Sound All Around and Family Concerts, and eZseatU.

For more information on The Philadelphia Orchestra, please visit www.philorch.org.


WRTI-FM is Philadelphia’s only member-supported, public radio station dedicated to broadcasting classical music and jazz, with 14 frequencies serving PA, NJ, and DE. WRTI’s lineup includes locally and nationally produced programming. The station broadcasts in Philadelphia at 90.1 FM. Also available in Reading - 97.7 FM; Allentown - 97.1 FM; Wilmington - 107.7 FM; Harrisburg - 91.7 FM; York - 90.7 FM; Lancaster, Ephrata, Lebanon - 90.7 FM; Mt. Pocono - 91.1 FM; Wilkes-Barre - 94.9 FM; Pottsville - 99.1 FM; Scranton - 106.1 FM; Ocean City - 91.3 FM; Dover - 91.7 FM; and Coatesville - 89.3 FM. Full-time classical and jazz streams, and playlists, are available online at www.wrti.org

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