WFMT Orchestra Series

Including LA Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and more

Coming up in Spring 2023, we are delighted to announce the next orchestra partner in the newly launched WFMT Orchestra Series! This new series began with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Summer), and continued with the acclaimed Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Fall). Coming up this Spring, we’re proud to present a new season of the San Francisco Symphony!

The WFMT Orchestra Series is a continuous, year-round series; however, since each orchestra partner has a year-long air window, you are able to air previous episodes at another time of year if you prefer.

Here are some highlights from the upcoming new season of the WFMT Orchestra Series for Spring Quarter 2023, featuring the San Francisco Symphony:

  • Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the San Francisco Symphony in a program of two works by Debussy, Prélude à L’Après-midi d’un faune, and La Mer; Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques, with pianist Jeremy Denk; and Kaija Saariaho’s Aile du songe, with flutist Claire Chase. (SFS 23-02 / WOS 22-43, April 11, 2023)
  • Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Symphony in his own composition, Notturno, featuring flutist Demarre McGill; Mozart’s Six German Dances, K. 509; and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Opus 38, Spring. (SFS 23-05 / WOS 22-46, May 2, 2023)
  • Conductor Daniel Steward leads the Symphony in Anna Clyne’s Sound and Fury; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Opus 125, with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, featuring soloists Michelle Bradley, soprano; Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Mario Chang, tenor; and Rod Gilfry, baritone. (SFS 23-07 / WOS 22-48, May 16, 2023)
  • Gustavo Dudamel is conductor for Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504, Prague; and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor. (SFS 23-10 / WOS 22-51, June 6, 2023)
  • Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann leads the Symphony in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Opus 74, Pathétique; and three selections by Brahms with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Nänie, Opus 82; Gesang der Parzen, Opus 89; and Schicksalslied, Opus 54. (SFS 23-11 / WOS 22-52, June 13, 2023)
  • The San Francisco Symphony presents a program conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen of Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard; Boccherini’s Ritirata notturna di Madrid from La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid, G. 324; Jessie Montgomery’s Strum for String Orchestra; and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. (SFS 23-13 / WOS 22-54, June 27, 2023)

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.




Category: Orchestras
Duration: 2-hour / 1:58:30
Frequency: 52-part
Availability: 06/21/2022 - 06/20/2023

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  • Host: Various (Brian Lauritzen, Lori Skelton, Rik Malone, George Preston)
  • Producer: Various
  • Executive Producer: George Preston