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A front row seat to some of the world's best orchestras
Journey around the world with WFMT on an exploration of some of the greatest ensembles on the planet. Episodes highlight the unique programming and superlative playing of top-tier orchestras like the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and more.
Josefowicz Plays Stravinsky
San Francisco Symphony | June 1, 2023
Music director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the SF Symphony and violinist Leila Josefowicz in music by Stravinsky and Ogonek.
Wang Plays Liszt
San Francisco Symphony | May 25, 2023
Superstar pianist Yuja Wang performs Franz Liszt’s First Piano Concerto under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.
Clyne’s ‘Sound and Fury’ & Beethoven 9
San Francisco Symphony | May 18, 2023
Daniel Stewart conducts the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus plus soloists Michelle Bradley, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Mario Chang, and Rod Gilfry.
Morlot Conducts Ravel and Higgins
San Francisco Symphony | May 11, 2023
Ludovic Morlot conducts Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and the world premiere of a concerto written by and starring Timothy Higgins, the orchestra’s principal trombonist.
San Francisco Symphony | May 4, 2023
Chicago-born flutist Demarre McGill joins music director Esa-Pekka Salonen and the SF Symphony to perform Notturno by the orchestra’s former music director, Michael Tilson Thomas.
Salonen & Bronfman
San Francisco Symphony | April 27, 2023
Esa-Pekka Salonen leads works by Richard Strauss, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Anders Hillborg in a recital featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman.
SF Symphony | April 20, 2023
Music director Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the SF Symphony and guest artist Pekka Kuusisto, violin in music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Bryce Dessner, and Franz Schubert.
Jeremy Denk & Claire Chase
SF Symphony | April 13, 2023
Music director Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the SF Symphony and guest artists Jeremy Denk, piano, and Claire Chase, flute in music by Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen, and Kaija Saariaho.
Music by Kendall, Chin, Beethoven
SF Symphony | April 6, 2023
Season Premiere: Music director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the San Francisco Symphony in works by Hannah Kendall, Unsuk Chin, and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Petr Popelka & Leif Ove Andsnes
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra | March 30, 2023
Petr Popelka welcomes acclaimed pianist Leif Ove Andsnes to perform Mozart‘s 20th Piano Concerto, also conducting works by Sergei Rachmaninoff and György Kurtág.
John Storgårds & Christian Tetzlaff
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra | March 23, 2023
John Storgårds welcomes violinist Christian Tetzlaff for the program's marquee work: Sibelius' Violin Concerto.
Marie Jacquot & Gautier Capuçon
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | March 16, 2023
Marie Jacquot leads the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in music by Edward Elgar, Richard Strauss, and contemporary Scottish composer David Horne.
Hobart Earle & Tamara Stefanovich
Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra | March 9, 2023
Earle, a People's Artist of Ukraine recipient, conducts the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra in music by Ukrainian composers.
Marin Alsop & Benjamin Grosvenor
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra | March 2, 2023
In the orchestra's first-ever appearance at the BBC Proms, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra principal conductor Marin Alsop leads the ensemble and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor in a varied concert.
Dima Slobodeniouk & Baiba Skride
Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra | February 23, 2023
Dima Slobodeniouk leads the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra and violinist Baiba Skride in music by Scandinavian composers: Carl Nielsen of Denmark and Jean Sibelius of Finland.
Marta Gardolińska & Vadym Kholodenko
Danish National Symphony Orchestra | February 16, 2023
Ascendant artist Marta Gardolińska conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Vadym Kholodenko in music by Lili Boulanger, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Antonín Dvořák.
Alain Altinoglu & Renaud Capuçon
Frankfurt Radio Symphony | February 9, 2023
Welcoming fellow Frenchman — Renaud Capuçon, violin — Frankfurt Radio Symphony music conductor Alain Altinoglu conducts an all-French program.
Ariane Matiakh & Pekka Kuusisto
Frankfurt Radio Symphony | February 2, 2023
French conductor Ariane Matiakh leads a mixed-rep program of music by contemporary voices, lesser-known 19th and 20th century composers, traditional music, and symphonic giants.
Thomas Dausgaard & Jörg Widmann
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra | January 26, 2023
Music by Carl Nielsen and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Stephen Hough & Alpesh Chauhan
BBC Symphony Orchestra | January 19, 2023
Düsseldorfer Symphoniker principal guest conductor Alpesh Chauhan leads music by Richard Baker, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and Anton Bruckner.
Nicole Cabell & Sir Simon Rattle
London Symphony Orchestra | January 12, 2023
Renowned soprano Nicole Cabell joins Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra to perform music by George Walker. We also hear selections by Antonín Dvořák, Xavier Montsalvatge, and Robert Schumann.
Julia Fischer & Vladimir Jurowski
London Philharmonic Orchestra | January 5, 2023
Conductor Vladimir Jurowski leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra and superstar violinist Julia Fischer in music by Edward Elgar, Valentin Silvestrov, and George Enescu.
Aizuri Quartet & Beethoven 9
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra | December 29, 2022
Season Finale: Ken-David Masur conducts a varied program that begins with John Adams‘ Absolute Jest for String Quartet and Orchestra and culminates in Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Ninth Symphony.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra | December 22, 2022
Pianist Awadagin Pratt joins Ken-David Masur and the MSO to perform Jessie Montgomery‘s Rounds. Masur also conducts works by Richard Strauss, Felix Mendelssohn, and Robert Schumann.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra | December 15, 2022
Guest conductor Ruth Reinhardt leads music by Lotta Wennäkoski and Antonín Dvořák before welcoming pianist Alessio Bax to play Johannes Brahms‘ Second Piano Concerto.
John Brancy & Kelley O’Connor
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra | December 8, 2022
Baritone John Brancy and mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor perform Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem under the baton of Ken-David Masur. The MSO music director also conducts music by Tōru Takemitsu, Joseph Canteloube, Jacques Ibert, Misato Mochizuki, and Maurice Duruflé.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra | December 1, 2022
Conductor Thomas Wilkins leads music by unsung 20th-century composers Roy Harris , Erwin Schulhoff, Howard Hanson. Plus, Ken-David Masur leads a work by William Bolcom and Yaniv Dinur conducts a piece by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.
Jorge Federico Osorio
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra | November 24, 2022
Friend of WFMT Jorge Federico Osorio, piano, joins the MSO and music director Ken-David Masur to play Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s Piano Concerto No. 23 in a program that also features Anton Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony.
Edo de Waart Returns
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra | November 17, 2022
MSO music director laureate Edo de Waart leads music by Delius, Elgar, and Beethoven.
Aaron Diehl Plays Price and Gershwin
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra | November 10, 2022
Pianist Aaron Diehl takes the stage to play Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement and George Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody. Music by Charles Ives and Samuel Barber rounds out this all-American program. Ken-David Masur conducts.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra | November 3, 2022
Famed violinist Augustin Hadelich joins the MSO and conductor Ken-David Masur to play Benjamin Britten‘s First Violin Concerto.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra | October 27, 2022
Violinist Karen Gomyo joins guest conductor William Eddins to perform Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra | October 20, 2022
Pianist Olga Kern joins the MSO and guest conductor Andreas Delfs to play Edvard Grieg‘s famed Piano Concerto. Then, the orchestra plays moody and mythical works by Richard Wagner, Engelbert Humperdinck, and Sarah Kirkland Snider.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra | October 13, 2022
Violinist Chee-Yun joins Ken-David Masur and the MSO to perform Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. Works by Emmanuel Chabrier, Maurice Ravel, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Manuel de Falla round out the program.
Aaron Diehl Plays Gershwin and Ellington
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra | October 6, 2022
Season Premiere: Pianist Aaron Diehl joins Ken-David Masur and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to perform music of George Gershwin and Duke Ellington. We also hear music by Eric Nathan, James B. Wilson, and Igor Stravinsky.
Dudamel Conducts Mozart & Mahler
San Francisco Symphony | June 8, 2023
Los Angeles Philharmonic’s charismatic music director Gustavo Dudamel visits Northern California to lead the SF Symphony in music by Mozart and Mahler.
San Francisco Symphony | June 15, 2023
The Atlanta Symphony’s new music director Nathalie Stutzmann conducts music by Brahms and Tchaikovsky.