The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
10:40 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Philadelphia Orchestra New Music Micro-Festival on WRTI: December 29 at 1 PM

Join us this Sunday, from 1 to 4 pm, for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from a series of fall 2013 concerts that introduced Philadelphia audiences to three major new works commissioned by the Orchestra.

Composers have been so drawn to the lush beauty and unmatched virtuosity of the “Philadelphia Sound” that works have often been written specifically for the Orchestra and its principal players. And this season, Music Director  Yannick Nezet-Seguin embarked on a multi-year project to premiere solo works with the Philadelphia’s principal players, crafted by the leading composers of today: Chinese-born Tan Dun, Iranian-born Behzad Ranjbaran, and Philadelphia native David Ludwig; they have written concertos for harp, flute, and bassoon respectively - instruments less-often heard in concerto repertory.

All three composers were present for the concerts, offering an opportunity to learn about the unique creative process between composer and soloist.

The program features:

Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, Symphony for Micro Films, Harp, and Orchestra with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen

Harpist Elizabeth Hainen speaks with WRTI's Jim Cotter about the Tan Dun commission.

Composer Tan Dun speaks with WRTI's Susan Lewis about his commissioned piece for The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Behzad Ranjbaran’s Flute Concerto with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner

Composer Behzad Ranjbaran and Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner speak with WRTI's Susan Lewis about the Persian influence in Ranjbaran's commissioned piece.

David Ludwig’s Pictures from the Floating World, for bassoon and orchestra puts The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa in the spotlight.

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa speaks with WRTI's Susan Lewis about his enthusiasm for David Ludwig's commissioned piece.

Composer David Ludwig speaks with WRTI's Jim Cotter about his commissioned piece for the Orchestra's New Music Micro-Festival in 2013.

Also on the program on Sunday at 1 pm, Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

During intermission, we'll hear from the three composers and the Philadelphia Orchestra's soloists who are performing the new works.

Don't miss it.  That's this Sunday, December 29th from 1 to 4 pm. Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.