The Philadelphia Orchestra in concert on WRTI: Joshua Bell is soloist and conductor in works by Bruch, Price and Mendelssohn


Join us on Sunday, February 27 at 1 p.m. on WRTI 90.1, and Monday February 28 at 7 p.m. on WRTI HD-2 when our show Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert brings you a performance from the Orchestra’s 2021/2022 season, recorded live in November.

Joshua Bellone of the world’s most acclaimed violinists, headlines the program as soloist and conductor.

Featured is one of the most popular of all concertos, Max Bruch’s beloved Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. Bell also offers an arrangement for violin and strings of Worshipa lovely miniature of the 20th century African-American composer Florence Price.

He then climbed the podium to lead the Philadelphians in Felix Mendelssohn’s sunny Symphony No. 4 in A major, the “Italian”, written as a reminiscence of the composer’s travels south.

Bell has a long relationship with the Philadelphia Orchestra, having made his professional debut with the ensemble 40 years ago, aged 14 in a concert conducted by Riccardo Muti. Over time, he took over and served as musical director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields for over a decade.

Producer Susan Lewis speaks with Bell during the show about his dual role as soloist and conductor, and how he made music during the pandemic shutdown when concerts were canceled.

We’ll also bring you Rossini’s chamber music, performed by musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra at Greater Puertorriquenoa community arts center in North Philadelphia, as part of the orchestra “Our City, Your Orchestra” initiative.

Read the detailed concert program notes here.


Weevil: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Price, arr. Grey: Worship
Rossini: Wind quartet no. 6
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 (“Italian”)

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Joshua Bell, conductor and soloist

Listen to the Philadelphia Orchestra in concert, every Sunday at 1 p.m. on WRTI 90.1, streaming on, on the WRTI mobile app, and on your favorite smart speaker. Listen again Mondays at 7 p.m. on WRTI HD-2. Listen up to two weeks after the broadcast on WRTI proofreading.


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