Creatively Speaking
8:20 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Orchestra Musicians Take Center Stage In Custom Works

A feature by The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns from the week of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Philadelphia Commissions concert in the fall of 2013.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is launching a mini festival of new concertos this week. But instead of the typical violin, piano, or cello soloists, the orchestra's principal harp, bassoon, and flute will be out in front, in pieces that, as The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, promise to be anything but more of the same.

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Philadelphia Commissions on October 31, November 1 and 2. Each program is unique. Chinese-born Tan Dun, Iranian-born Behzad Ranjbaran, and Philadelphia-native David Ludwig have written concertos for harp, flute, and bassoon respectively - instruments less-often heard as concerto soloists.

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