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5:43 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

A Touching Anecdote From A Veteran

This morning I was greatly moved by an email from a listener - a veteran who felt compelled to share this story with me. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

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Creatively Speaking
10:12 am
Mon November 11, 2013

The Strauss Oboe Concerto and Its Philadelphia Connection

Oboist Richard Woodhams

This Sunday’s broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra, on November 17th at 1 pm, features a celebrated oboe concerto by Richard Strauss. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the 1945 work has a Philadelphia connection.

The concert features Mahler's 4th Symphony, Britten's Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, and the Strauss Oboe Concerto with soloist Richard Woodhams.

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Creatively Speaking
8:36 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Revisiting Beethoven's Symphonies with Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Marco Borggreve

The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing a two-year cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, although known to generations of music lovers, these great works continue to provide insights into Western musical heritage.

Listen to more of Susan’s interview with Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin during Intermission on Sunday, November 10th, when WRTI broadcasts the Orchestra's first subscription concert of the season at 1 pm, featuring Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.

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Creatively Speaking
11:20 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Yannick's Long Relationship with Bruckner

Anton Bruckner (1824 - 1896)

This Sunday at 1 pm on The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI - Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin takes to the podium to conduct a symphony by one of the composers who is closest to him.  WRTI’s Jim Cotter has more.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
9:50 am
Wed October 30, 2013

A "Joyous" New Season of Philadelphia Orchestra Concerts Launches on WRTI with Beethoven's 9th!

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

On Sunday, November 10th, at 1 pm, we begin a new season of Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts with the 2013-2014 season-opening concert from the end of September, featuring Beethoven's awe-inspiring Ninth Symphony. With its universal message of freedom and brotherhood, the Ninth is the crowning achievement of Beethoven’s revolutionary works, its famous “Ode to Joy” serving as a message of hope for all mankind. Showcasing the Westminster Symphonic Choir, and conducted by Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, this performance launches a two-year cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies.

The Choir will also appear in Beethoven’s rarely heard setting of Goethe’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, as well as the world premiere of the young American composer Nico Muhly’s newly orchestrated Bright Mass with Canons for chorus, orchestra, and featuring the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.

During intermission, WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with Yannick about the program, and the new season, and Jim Cotter sits down with both tenor Chrisistian Elsner and bass-baritone Shenyang, both of whom play very important roles in this concert.

Not to be missed!  Be with us on Sunday, November 10th, for the new season of Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts, from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.

Program notes

PROGRAM

BEETHOVEN:  Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, for chorus and orchestra

MUHLY: Bright Mass with Canons

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 ("Choral")
 

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Twyla Robinson, soprano

Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano

Chrisitian Elsner, tenor

Shenyang, bass-baritone

The Westminster Symphonic Choir -Mixed chorus

Joe Miller, director

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert
3:32 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Yannick, Bruckner, & Wagner: The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI this Sunday at 1 PM

Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Philadelphians this Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI

This Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI, it's a performance of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7  by The Philadelphia Orchestra. The work, and the composer, are very close to Yannick's musical heart.

Paired with Wagner's tender Siegfried Idyll, you're in for an orchestral treat, in this rebroadcast of a Verizon Hall concert first heard last January, and broadcast a week after the death of the Orchestra's Conductor Laureate Wolfgang Sawallisch.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:24 am
Mon October 28, 2013

From 'Crouching Tiger' To 'Secret Songs': Composer Tan Dun's Next Move

Chinese composer Tan Dun's latest work, Nu-Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, was inspred by an ancient language spoken in a remote area of Tan's home province of Hunan.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 1:24 pm

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Creatively Speaking
8:20 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Orchestra Musicians Take Center Stage In Custom Works

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen performs as soloist on October 31st and November 1st

The Philadelphia Orchestra is launching a mini festival of new concertos this week. But instead of the typical violin, piano, or cello soloists, the orchestra's principal harp, bassoon, and flute will be out in front, in pieces that, as The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, promise to be anything but more of the same.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
2:43 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

It's Carmina Burana and The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: Oct. 27 at 1 pm

Following a weekend of Philadelphia Orchestra concerts at Verizon Hall under guest conductor Rafael Freuhbeck de Borgos, be sure to join us this Sunday afternoon at 1 pm to hear a rebroadcast of a concert from this past February that featured Maestro Freuhbeck conducting one of his signature works, Carmina Burana!  

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert program also includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 1, and the ever-popular Jan Nepomuk Hummel Trumpet Concertoperformed by the Orchestra’s Principal Trumpet David Bilger.

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Creatively Speaking
12:59 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Hummel's Trumpet Concerto: From Obscurity to a Staple of the Repertoire

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Trumpet David Bilger

While there are many concertos for string instruments, fewer works exist for woodwinds, brass or percussion. Yet, as Susan Lewis reports, a previously under-performed work for trumpet from the early 19th century became part of the standard repertoire in the second half of the 20th.

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