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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most loved and exciting works in the orchestral repertoire is The Planetsby 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.
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.
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.
Radio feature: Simon Rattle discusses his conducting philosophy with WRTI's Susan Lewis.
There’s big news in the classical music world. The London Symphony Orchestra announced on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 that Simon Rattle will become its music director in September of 2017. Rattle, chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002, had previously announced that he would step down from that position when his contract expires in 2018.
Rattle’s relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra goes back to 1977, when he first appeared with the ensemble at the age of 22. As its artistic leader, he’ll succeed Valerie Gergiev who has been principal conductor since 2007. More information from the LSO's website.
WRTI's Susan Lewis has more on this much sought-after international conductor, who has a bond with our own Philadelphia Orchestra nurtured over the last 20 years.
Listen to Simon Rattle's conversation with Susan Lewis.
WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston looks at the third Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians that took place on Feb. 16, 2015 at the Kimmel Center. Gathered together were 250 student instrumentalists and vocalists, from over 13 organizations in Philadelphia, who studied in sections during an intensive day of learning and socializing. The day ended with a grand performance on the Verizon Hall stage. Lio Kuokman, assistant conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, led the instruments. Melissa Malvar-Keylock, associate conductor of the Princeton Girlchoir, led the singers.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has over 100 musicians, and as many stories - often inspiring and surprising. WRTI’s Susan Lewis profiles Bob Cafaro, a cellist in the Orchestra since 1985, whose artistry is matched by his determination to live fully, both onstage and off.