The WFMT Orchestra Series

Series produced by The WFMT Radio Network

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The WFMT Orchestra Series is a year-round series that combines LA Phil, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and more. Each episode is intended to be broadcast the week it releases, but some exceptions can be made for stations that wish to air an orchestra later in the year. Contact us for details. Please note that the individual series pages on PRX for the orchestras will be closed at the end of their current season air window—please subscribe at the link above.

Coming up in Summer 2022, we are delighted to announce the launch of the WFMT Orchestra Series! This new series combines the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Summer), Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Fall), a new to-be-announced orchestra for the Winter quarter, and the San Francisco Symphony (Spring) into a single year-round series.
The WFMT Orchestra Series kicks off in late June, 2022 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic presenting a stunning set of 13 concert broadcasts. The series begins with a program of Schoenberg and Strauss featuring soprano Golda Schultz, with LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel at the podium. Other series highlights include:
• Jessie Montgomery’s Strum paired with Steven Mackey’s Shivaree Fantasy for Trumpet and Orchestra performed by Thomas Hooten. Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 rounds out the program, with soprano Camilla Tilling bringing the work to a thrilling close. Gustavo Dudamel conducts. (22-02)
• Susanna Mälkki conducts the orchestra in a program featuring the US premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Vista, Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Beatrice Rana. (22-03)
• Nokuthula Ngwenyama’s Primal Message kicks off a program with the world premiere of Julia Adolphe’s Woven Loom, Silver Spindle featuring violinist Martin Califour. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 rounds out the concert with Xian Zhang at the podium. (22-05)
• An all-Ellington celebration with conductor Thomas Wilkins and pianist Gerald Clayton, featuring Night Creature, New World A-Comin’, Black, Brown, and Beige, and The River Suite (22-06)
• Gustavo Dudamel conducts a powerful concert featuring two incredible world premieres: Garrido-Lecca’s Esperanza and Cortés-Álvarez’ La Serpiente de Colores. And to top it off, an astounding performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, with a fabulous lineup of soloists, including soprano Jeanine De Bique, mezzo Taylor Raven, tenor Issachah Savage, and bass José Antonio López with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. (22-12)
• Closing out Los Angeles Philharmonic’s set of performances in the WFMT Orchestra Series, Dudamel conducts the world premiere of Angélica Negrón’s Morivivi, mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges sings Lieberson’s Neruda Songs, and finishing with William Grant Still’s “Afro-American” Symphony (22-13)
And the WFMT Orchestra Series continues in the fall with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra! Stay tuned for more information this summer. Hide full description

Coming up in Summer 2022, we are delighted to announce the launch of the WFMT Orchestra Series! This new series combines the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Summer), Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Fall), a new to-be-announced orchestra for the Winter quarter, and the San Francisco Symphony (Spring) into a single year-round series. The WFMT Orchestra Series kicks off in late June, 2022 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic presenting a stunning set of 13 concert broadcasts. The series begins with a program of Schoenberg and Strauss featuring soprano Golda Schultz, with LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel at the podium. Other series highlights include: • Jessie Montgomery’s Strum paired with Steven Mackey’s Shivaree Fantasy for Trumpet and Orchestra performed by Thomas Hooten. Mahler’s... Show full description


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This Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra kicks off its new season with Ken-David Masur leading with works by Gershwin, Ellington, Stravinsky, and more.

  • Added: Sep 19, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:31
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We wrap up this improbable pandemic season in which no concerts were cancelled due to the pandemic, with the celebration of the diversity of Americ...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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On this week's broadcast from the LA Philharmonic... Alle Menschen werden Brüder - "All people will become brothers and sisters." Gustavo Dudamel c...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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On this week's L.A Philharmonic concert broadcast, a song of the night and a musical journey from dusk till dawn. Guest conductor David Robertson l...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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A beloved American violin concerto is played by soloist Hilary Hahn, featuring two beautiful movements and one terrifyingly virtuosic one. Plus, Dv...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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The balance of beauty and chaos is this week's theme. Metacosmos by Anna Thorvaldsdottir begins the program, before pianist Sergio Tiempo excites w...

  • Added: Aug 08, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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On this week's L.A Philharmonic Broadcast, conductor laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen is back in town to perform music of his countryma Jean Sibelius. Pl...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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On this week's broadcast, we'll mix old classics with a world premiere! Guest conductor Elim Chen takes the stand for Mendelssohn's sunny "Italian"...

  • Added: Jul 25, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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On this week's broadcast, we'll "Take the A Train" for a program of symphonic music by the jazz master - Duke Ellington. Enjoy selections from Elli...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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What is the role of a concerto? Composer Julia Adolphe attempts to answer this question in her brand new violin concerto "Woven Loom, Silver Spindl...

  • Added: Jul 12, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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Ravel's "Bolero" caps off a program of Mozart, Brahms and Mussorgsky on this week's LA Philharmonic concert broadcast! Pianist Sunwook Kim is this ...

  • Added: Jul 07, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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A world premiere of a piece inspired by the L.A Philharmonic! A timeless classic performed by a rising star pianist. This week on the WFMT Orchestr...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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On this week's Los Angeles Philharmonic concert broadcast, it's LA Phil principal trumpet, Thomas Hooten, giving the first ever performance of a ne...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01
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The WFMT Orchestra Series kicks off the very first set of programs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic presenting a stunning set of 13 concert broadc...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2022
  • Length: 01:59:01