Gregg Whiteside http://wrti.org en Mahler's 4th Symphony: The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI, July 20, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/mahlers-4th-symphony-philadelphians-concert-wrti-july-20-1-pm <p>You won't want to miss the optimism and sunshine of <strong>Gustav Mahler</strong>’s Symphony No. 4, drawing much of its balance and influence from the Classical era, this <strong>Sunday, July 20th at 1 pm.</strong> It's the&nbsp;Philadelphians in a performance from October in Verizon Hall, a re-broadcast from November, 2013.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:49:22 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 6668 at http://wrti.org Mahler's 4th Symphony: The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI, July 20, 1 PM The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Beethoven's 9th on July 13th http://wrti.org/post/philadelphia-orchestra-concert-wrti-beethovens-9th-july-13th <p style="margin-bottom: 14px; color: rgb(36, 31, 32); font-family: proxima-nova, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;">This Sunday at 1 pm it's a re-broadcast of the 2013/204 season-opening concert from the end of September, featuring <strong>Beethoven</strong>'s awe-inspiring <strong>Ninth Symphony. </strong>With its universal message of freedom and brotherhood, the Ninth is the crowning achievement of Beethoven’s revolutionary works, its famous “Ode to Joy” serving as a message of hope for all mankind. Showcasing the <strong>Westminster Symphonic Choir,</strong> and conducted by Music Director <strong>Yannick&nbsp;Nezet-Seguin,&nbsp;</strong>this performance launched a two-year cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 14px; color: rgb(36, 31, 32); font-family: proxima-nova, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;">http://youtu.be/cwLkQpVXRfQ</p><p style="margin-bottom: 14px; color: rgb(36, 31, 32); font-family: proxima-nova, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;">The Choir will also appear in Beethoven’s rarely heard setting of Goethe’s&nbsp;<strong><i>Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage,</i></strong>&nbsp;as well as the <strong>world premiere</strong> of the young American composer <strong>Nico </strong><strong>Muhly</strong>’s newly orchestrated&nbsp;<strong><i>Bright Mass with Canons</i></strong>&nbsp;for chorus, orchestra, and featuring the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 14px; color: rgb(36, 31, 32); font-family: proxima-nova, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;">During intermission, WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with<strong> Yannick</strong> about the program, and the new season, and WRTI's Jim Cotter sits down with both tenor <strong>Christian&nbsp;Elsner</strong> and bass-baritone <strong>Shenyang,&nbsp;</strong>both of whom play very important roles in this concert.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 14px; color: rgb(36, 31, 32); font-family: proxima-nova, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;"><strong>Not to be missed!&nbsp; That's this Sunday, July 13 from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI. </strong></p><p style="margin-bottom: 14px; color: rgb(36, 31, 32); font-family: proxima-nova, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;"><a href="http://www.philorch.org/concert/beethoven-9-ode-joy?date=2013-09-26_20-00" target="_blank"><strong>Program notes</strong></a></p><p><strong>PROGRAM</strong><br /><br />BEETHOVEN:&nbsp; <em>Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage</em>, for chorus and orchestra<br /><br />MUHLY: <em>Bright Mass with Canons</em><br /><br />BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 ("Choral")<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor<br /><br />Twyla Robinson, soprano<br /><br />Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano<br /><br />Christian Elsner, tenor<br /><br />Shenyang, bass-baritone<br /><br />The Westminster Symphonic Choir -Mixed chorus<br /><br />Joe Miller, director</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:29:43 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 6619 at http://wrti.org The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Beethoven's 9th on July 13th The Philadelphians and Opera Philadelphia on WRTI: Strauss' SALOME, July 6, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/philadelphians-and-opera-philadelphia-wrti-strauss-salome-july-6-1-pm <p>This Sunday at 1pm, it’s the fast-paced, one-act opera&nbsp;<em>Salome, </em>among the most important musical works of the 20th century, standing out for its revolutionary use of a large-scale orchestra and virtuosic singers, as much as for its graphic depiction of this deeply psychological tale, performed in a historic, joint production by <strong>The Philadelphia Orchestra </strong>and <a href="http://www.operaphila.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Opera Philadelphia</strong>.</a> It was the Orchestra’s last concert in May, just before they departed on their China Tour. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:20:20 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 7457 at http://wrti.org The Philadelphians and Opera Philadelphia on WRTI: Strauss' SALOME, July 6, 1 PM The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Bruckner, Barber, Bartok, & Batiashvili, June 29, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/philadelphians-concert-wrti-bruckner-barber-bartok-batiashvili-june-29-1-pm <p>This Sunday at 1 pm, from a Philadelphia Orchestra concert this past May at Verizon Hall, Yannick is on the podium to conduct <strong>Barber’s Adagio for Strings, </strong>an ethereal meditation that has emerged as an iconic piece of 20th-century American music; <strong>Bartok’s First Violin Concerto, played by Lisa Batiashvili,</strong> one of the world’s most sought-after violinists; and the concert will conclude with that imposing orchestral cathedral of sound known as <strong>Bruckner’s Symphony No. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 20:59:56 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 7441 at http://wrti.org The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Bruckner, Barber, Bartok, & Batiashvili, June 29, 1 PM It's All Mozart on Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert Broadcast on WRTI! http://wrti.org/post/its-all-mozart-sundays-philadelphia-orchestra-concert-broadcast-wrti <p>Sunday at 1 pm, the first concert from last April's <strong>Philadelphia Orchestra Mozart Celebration&nbsp;</strong>brings us three Mozart masterpieces! With&nbsp;<strong>Yannick </strong>on the podium, the Orchestra will play an overture to one of Mozart's three operas set to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, <strong><em>Cosi fan Tutte</em>,</strong> continue with the <strong>Piano Concerto No. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:36:51 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 7421 at http://wrti.org It's All Mozart on Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert Broadcast on WRTI! The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Brahms, Weber, and Beethoven, June 15th, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/philadelphia-orchestra-concert-wrti-brahms-weber-and-beethoven-june-15th-1-pm <p><strong>Christoph von Dohnányi </strong>returns to the podium to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in a program of German masterpieces performed this past April at Verizon Hall, culminating in <strong>Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7</strong>, one of the most perfectly crafted works ever written!</p><p>Also on the program, <strong>Brahms’s Haydn Variations</strong>; which almost certainly gave Brahms the confidence to complete his long-awaited First Symphony. &nbsp;In it, Brahms transforms a simple, lilting melody into a tour-de-force for orchestra.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:08:17 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 7392 at http://wrti.org The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Brahms, Weber, and Beethoven, June 15th, 1 PM It's Beethoven, Shostakovich, and The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: June 8, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/its-beethoven-shostakovich-and-philadelphia-orchestra-wrti-june-8-1-pm <p>This season, The Philadelphia Orchestra juxtaposed <strong>Beethoven</strong>’s path-breaking symphonies and concertos with those of the great orchestral master of the 20th century <strong>Dmitri Shostakovich</strong>...we’ll be treated to such a pairing Sunday afternoon at 1 pm.<br /> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:05:40 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 7379 at http://wrti.org It's Beethoven, Shostakovich, and The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: June 8, 1 PM Francesca's Letter http://wrti.org/post/francescas-letter <p>Last Wednesday, I read a moving letter on the air from Francesca Martinez when I inducted her family into the Sousalarm Club. So many of you responded to her heartfelt message, and asked if you could read it online, that we have posted it here (see below), with Ms. Martinez's consent. It's a poignant reminder of how transcendent the power of music can be, and of why this work, this station, and this art form matter so much.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:25:59 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 7378 at http://wrti.org Francesca's Letter The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Three Must-Hear Commissions, June 1st, 1 to 4 PM http://wrti.org/post/philadelphia-orchestra-concert-wrti-three-must-hear-commissions-june-1st-1-4-pm <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>By the time this Sunday’s three-hour broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert airs, Principal Harp <strong>Elizabeth Hainen</strong>, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and <strong>Yannick Nezet-Seguin </strong>will have performed <strong>Tan Dun</strong>’s <em>Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women </em>three times in three different Chinese cities, as you might have been reading in the Philadelphia Inquirer.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 15:52:15 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 7348 at http://wrti.org The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Three Must-Hear Commissions, June 1st, 1 to 4 PM The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony, May 25, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/philadelphians-concert-wrti-saint-saens-organ-symphony-may-25-1-pm <p><strong>The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert</strong> broadcast this Sunday at 1 pm opens with a collection of “Symphonic Fragments” from <strong><a href="http://wrti.org/post/shining-light-italian-composer-pianist-and-conductor-alfredo-casella" target="_blank">Alfredo </a><a href="http://wrti.org/post/shining-light-italian-composer-pianist-and-conductor-alfredo-casella" target="_blank">Casella</a>’s rarely performed opera <em>La Donna Serpente</em> </strong>(The Snake-Woman), based on an 18th-century fable-play by Carlo Gozzi, and is followed by one of <strong>Sergei </strong><strong>Prok Wed, 21 May 2014 16:42:29 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 7316 at http://wrti.org The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony, May 25, 1 PM