Philadelphia Orchestra New Music Micro-Festival on WRTI: Sept. 28, at 1 PM

Sep 27, 2014

Join us this Sunday, from 1 to 4 pm, for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-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 past 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

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

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

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, September 28, from 1 to 4 pm. Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.