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 exceptional orchestras from across the country and around the world. Each quarter, listeners will hear fantastic concerts, including the LA Phil (Summer), Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Fall), San Francisco Symphony (Spring), and a scintillating variety in the Winter Quarter, including orchestras from Europe, the UK, California, and China. 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.

The WFMT Orchestra Series is a year-round series that combines exceptional orchestras from across the country and around the world. Each quarter, listeners will hear fantastic concerts, including the LA Phil (Summer), Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Fall), San Francisco Symphony (Spring), and a scintillating variety in the Winter Quarter, including orchestras from Europe, the UK, California, and China in 2024. Listings for upcoming broadcasts can be found on our website at https://radionetwork.wfmt.com/programs/wfmt-orchestra-series/ .

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.


Additional Files

91 Pieces

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Opening this program led by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, pianist Conor Hanick premieres a San Francisco Symphony commission by Samuel Adams. T...

  • Added: May 16, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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Pierre-Laurent Aimard joins Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony for Bela Bartók’s zany Second Piano Concerto, in a prog...

  • Added: May 17, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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Elim Chan conducts the San Francisco Symphony in a debut performance featuring Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s sunny Second Symphony, Sergei Prokofiev’s...

  • Added: May 01, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the San Francisco Symphony in Béla Bartók’s ominous The Miraculous Mandarin, Bernard Herrmann’s Suite fro...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony journey through Hector Berlioz’s phantasmic Symphonie fantastique, Franz Liszt’s de...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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Hear Carl Nielsen’s sun-drenched Helios Overture, the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Third Piano Concerto with Yuja Wang, and Béla Bartók’s Co...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the San Francisco Symphony in Igor Stravinsky’s explosive ballet score, The Firebird, along with Jean Sib...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the San Francisco Symphony in Gustav Mahler’s glorious Symphony No. 2 with vocalists Golda Schultz and Mi...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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Rounding out California Symphony’s suite of concerts, we return to Viet Cuong’s compositions with his emotional and intricate work Next Week’s Tree...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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This concert brings a rousing set of works from Bernstein, Debussy, and Gabriela Lena Frank all focused on the theme of dance. And nestled in betwe...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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Donato Cabrera leads the California Symphony in a program of dances and melodies. Kodály’s Dances of Galánta begins the concert, contrasted with An...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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We'll hear Music Director Donato Cabrera lead the California Symphony in Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture, William Walton's Symphony No. 1, Ravel'...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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Based on an old melody by ancient composer Huan Yi, Chen Qigang’s Reflet d’un temps disparu is stunningly performed by cellist Gautier Capuçon. The...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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Guo Wenjing’s Passacaglia for Orchestra is a work inspired by prehistoric rock paintings in ancient caves on Riyue Mountain. Li Biao leads the orch...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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We'll hear Gustav Mahler's dramatic and passionate Symphony No. 6, as well as Zhou Jiping's luscious Concerto for Violin, featuring eminent soloist...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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We bring in the Chinese New Year with the National Centre for Performing Arts, led by conductors Lü Jia, Peng Jiapeng, and Chen Lin. Works include ...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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Klaus Mäkelä leads the Oslo Philharmonic in Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 at the 2023 Edinburgh international Festival. We'll also feature p...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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Marin Alsop leads the German Symphony Orchestra, Berlin, in Jessie Montgomery's vibrant "Strum", Antonín Dvořák's New World Symphony, and Brett Dea...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30
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Domingo Hindoyan leads the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in symphonic dances from Bernstein and Rachmaninoff. Pianist Paul Lewis also joins the orch...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:30