The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
1:24 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

A Feast for Organ and Brass: The Philadelphians on WRTI, May 4th, 1 PM

What a program! It's The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, May 4 at 1 pm. The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ and organist Michael Stairs are two of the biggest stars in a firmament of many! Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin had to withdraw from this performance in March, but it brought conductor Alain Altinoglu to Verizon Hall at Yannick’s recommendation, and was he ever in his element!

Guest conductor Alain Altinoglu filled in for Yannick Nezet-Seguin in this March, 2014 concert. Here he speaks with WRTI's Susan Lewis.
Soprano Susanna Phillips speaks with WRTI's Jim Cotter about singing Faure's Requiem.

The Orchestra’s multi-season exploration of the great requiems continued with Fauré’s intimate and contemplative work. Its distinctive orchestration of lower strings is the centerpiece of a spiritual program featuring unique combinations and ensembles in styles ranging from Medieval chant to antiphonal brass to Brazilian rhythms.

Gabrieli’s Canzon septimi toni, No. 2, from Sacrae symphoniae, Franck's Organ Chorale No. 1 in E Major, Villa-Lobos' Bachianas brasileiras No. 5, Paul Dukas' Fanfare from La Péri, and Gabriel Fauré’s incredible Requiem, Op. 48 are all on this exciting program!

The Philadelphians will be joined by organist Michael Stairs, soprano Susanna Phillips, bass-baritone Philippe Sly, and The Philadelphia Singers Chorale!

At intermission, Jim Cotter will speak with Susanna Phillips, and Susan Lewis will go backstage with Maestro Altinoglu. Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.

That's The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI 90.1 FM and online at, Sunday, May 4, from 1 to 3 pm. Join us! This broadcast is underwritten by Bryn Mawr Trust Wealth Management.

Detailed program notes

Gabrieli: Canzon septimi toni, No. 2, from Sacrae symphoniae
Franck: Organ Chorale No. 1 in E major
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas brasileiras No. 5
Duka: Fanfare from La Péri
Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48

Alain Altinoglu, conductor

Michael Stairs, organ

Susanna Phillips, soprano

Phillipe Sly, bass-baritone

The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Philadelphia Singers Chorale