We're happy to announce that this Sunday, February 24th, from 2 to 4 pm, marks the premiere of The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert weekly radio series on WRTI. Join us to hear our Fabulous Philadelphians in a live concert recording from October, 2012, featuring Bernstein’s Serenade, Brahms’s Symphony No. 4, and Gabriela Lena Frank’s Concertino Cusqueno. Violinist Joshua Bell is soloist. Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.
Gabriela Lena Frank speaks with WRTI's Gregg Whiteside about her inspiration for composing Concertino Cusqueno, and how she felt when she first heard the piece performed.
“I am so proud that The Philadelphia Orchestra is returning to the radio as part of my first season as music director,” says Yannick Nézet-Séguin. “It is important for us to go beyond the concert hall with our music - to connect with our audiences on the radio and online, here in Philadelphia and now also far beyond. This is just one of many ways we will open new windows into our music to welcome new listeners into our Philadelphia Orchestra family.”
The Philadelphia Orchestra has a long and venerable history of radio broadcasts, as the first orchestra with its own commercially sponsored national radio series, beginning in 1929 on NBC. The Orchestra is also widely known for its innovative use of technology aimed at bringing the concert-hall experience to listeners everywhere.
“We are delighted - in this our 60th anniversary year - to bring concert broadcasts of The Philadelphia Orchestra to listeners in our region and throughout the world,” says WRTI General Manager Dave Conant. “It is part of our mission, as a public radio station, to share this music with the community and also deepen the connection we all have with the Orchestra.”
Broadcasts can be heard weekly on Sundays from 2 to 4 pm beginning on February 24th in Philadelphia (90.1 FM); Reading (97.7 FM); Allentown (97.1 FM); Wilmington (107.7 FM); Harrisburg (91.7 FM); York (90.7 FM); Lancaster, Ephrata, and Lebanon (90.7 FM); Mt. Pocono (91.1 FM); Wilkes-Barre (94.9 FM); Pottsville (99.1 FM); Scranton (106.1 FM); Ocean City (91.3 FM); and Coatesville (89.3 FM). Each broadcast will also be available on WRTI's classical web stream at wrti.org
February 24th Broadcast Program:
Gabriela Lena Frank - Concertino Cusqueño (world premiere) Bernstein - Serenade (after Plato's Symposium) INTERMISSION Brahms - Symphony No. 4
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor Joshua Bell - Violin
Violinist Joshua Bell performs Bernstein's lyrical Serenade, inspired by the great Greek philosophers and their testimonies on love and romance. The second half of the program features the Fourth Symphony of Brahms, long a favorite of Philadelphia audiences, known for its expressive melodies and rich harmonies. To open the program, Gabriela Lena Frank composes a celebratory new work--commissioned for the inaugural concerts of the Orchestra's new music director. Her music often reflects her diverse heritage from Peru, China, and Lithuania.
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WRTI's Jill Pasternak speaks with violinist Joshua Bell on Saturday, April 14th, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. The world-renowned virtuoso updates us on his life, his longtime collaboration with pianist Jeremy Denk, and his new appointment as music director of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He appears at the Kimmel Center on April 16th with the ensemble.