On this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast, it's works by American composers born and trained in the U.S.A, and a Czech master who wrote some of his most enduring compositions while living in the States.
The American conductor James Gaffigan, who is chief conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, conducts George Gershwin's Promenade (Walking the Dog), and teams up with pianist Jon Kimura Parker for a performance of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F.
Antonín Dvořák spent two-and-a-half years in America after being recruited by a visionary patron to head a music conservatory in New York City; we’ll hear one of his compositions dating from that time, his Suite in A Major, the "American."
And to conclude the concert, the powerful and masterful First Symphony by a composer claimed by Philadelphia as one of its own, Samuel Barber. Born in West Chester, PA, and trained at the Curtis Institute of Music, he would go on to become one of the great composers of the 20th century.
Written while Barber was still in his 20s, and not long after graduating from Curtis, his Symphony No. 1 is a one-movement masterpiece.
During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks backstage with conductor James Gaffigan, and Bliss Michelson meets with pianist Jon Kimura Parker.
Not to be missed, that’s this Sunday, January 14th from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI 90.1, the WRTI Mobile App, and streaming worldwide at WRTI.org!
Gershwin: Promenade (Walking the Dog)
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Jon Kimura Parker, piano
Dvorak: Suite in A (“American”)
Barber: Symphony No. 1
The Philadelphia Orchestra
James Gaffigan, conductor
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