The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
4:22 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Yannick Conducts Beethoven & Shostakovich, March 29, 1 PM

Pianist Kirill Gerstein

Join us on Sunday, March 29 at 1 pm for a broadcast from the final week of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s recent St. Petersburg Festival, celebrating the great master of the third generation, Dmitri Shostakovich.

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WRTI Arts Desk
1:49 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Carol Jantsch: Taking the Tuba Beyond Oom-Pah-Pahs

Carol Jantsch is prinicpial tuba player for The Philadelphia Orchestra.

The largest member of an orchestra’s brass section was invented in the 1830s to play low and powerful notes. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the tuba has a surprising range and versatility. Susan spoke with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch for some insight into the world of the tuba.

Jantsch's recordings include her 2009 solo album, Cascades, and Reflections on the Mississippi, a new CD featuring a tuba concerto written by Michael Daugherty for Jantsch and the Temple University Symphony Orchestra.

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WRTI Arts Desk
2:06 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

A Piano Concerto For Maxim

Shostakovich wrote his Piano Concerto No. 2 for his teenage son, Maxim, who premiered it at his graduation from the Moscow Conservatory in May, 1957.

Dmitri Shostakovich, known for many dramatic works composed in the shadow of Stalin, showed a different side - one filled with humor and family ties - in his Piano Concerto No. 2.

Listen to WRTI on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 1 pm as Kirill Gerstein performs Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Creatively Speaking
10:39 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Tan Dun: Building on Bela Bartok's Legacy

Chinese contemporary classical composer and conductor, Tan Dun

Hungarian pianist and composer Bela Bartok was born on March 25th in the year 1881. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he is revered by a prominent contemporary composer who is building on Bartok’s legacy.

Tan Dun's Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women was premiered in the U.S. by The Philadelphia Orchestra this season, and broadcast on WRTI in December, 2013.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
3:07 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

LIVE! The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: Holst, Mendelssohn, Salerno-Sonnenberg, March 22, 2 PM

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Join us for a very special treat on Sunday, March 22nd as our Philadelphia Orchestra broadcast comes to you LIVE from Verizon Hall at 2 pm - an hour later than usual - in a concert featuring violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, a Philadelphia favorite since she debuted with the Orchestra at the age of 10.

She joins conductor Gianandrea Noseda for a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, one of the most popular works in the violin repertory.

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WRTI Arts Desk
12:39 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Mozart In The Market: The Philadelphia Orchestra Pops Up At Reading Terminal

Moses Smucker, from the Reading Terminal Market's Smucker's Quality Meats & Grill, stepped out to conduct Mozart.
Pete Checchia

You never know where you're going to run into The Philadelphia Orchestra. An earthquake zone in China? Tokyo's Suntory Hall? Last week, as The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports, it was the Reading Terminal Market, where 11 string players crowded into the lunchtime bustle and invited everyday people to try their hand at conducting.

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WRTI Arts Desk
3:30 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Rachmaninoff and The Philadelphians: A Musical Love Affair That Goes Back In Time

Composer/pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff and Eugene Ormandy during a rehearsal at the Academy of Music in 1938.
Adrian Siegel Collection/Philadelphia Orchestra Association Archives

It was 88 years ago - on March 18, 1927 - that The Philadelphia Orchestra played the first performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 at the Academy of Music. The composer revised the concerto in 1928. And, in 1941, The Philadelphians premiered yet another revised version - the final one.

As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the strong bond between The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russian composer, pianist, and conductor was forged through this and other works.

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WRTI Arts Desk
10:52 am
Mon March 16, 2015

The Story About Gustav Holst's 'The Planets'

One of the most loved and exciting works in the orchestral repertoire is The Planets by Gustav Holst. But, as WRTI’s Kile Smith reports, the way we hear it now is not the form in which audiences first heard it.

For such an immediately successful work, and for one that is central to the orchestral repertoire, The Planets by Gustav Holst took a long time to get off the ground.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
4:18 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Rachmaninoff & The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Sunday, March 15, 1 PM

The Philadelphians perform Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-sharp minor this Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI - orchestrated by Stokowski.

We have quite a broadcast in store for you on Sunday, March 15th, at 1 pm!  The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert will feature Week Two of the ensemble’s St. Petersburg Festival, from late January of this year. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.

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WRTI Arts Desk
1:14 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Pictures at an Exhibition: The Evolution of a Masterpiece

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

One popular work in the orchestral repertoire was written by a Russian composer and then orchestrated decades later by a Frenchman. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, this version had its first performance in October in Paris  in 1922. The music describes a stroll through the gallery - a promenade - with ten specific images brought to life.

Six of the drawings and watercolors that inspired Mussorgsky have survived.  The first performance of Pictures at an Exhibition as orchestrated by Ravel took place in Paris on October 19th in 1922.

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