Philadelphia Orchestra members with autistic children during an in-school program at a Youth Center in Shanghai. Percussionists Christopher Deviney (front) and Angela Zator Nelson work with one student as he tries his hand at the drums.
Credit Jan Regan
During this same program, the children have a chance to return the favor--showcasing their musical talents for Philadelphia Orchestra musicians.
Credit Makiko Freeman
Violinist Philip Kates visited Shanghai Children’s Medical Center to perform for patients. The power of music to heal is an incredible thing.
In the title of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2013 China Tour and Residency, the word “residency” is as important as the word "tour." And this, as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns now reports from China, is bringing the musicians face-to-face with many who may never see the inside of a concert hall.
Flute player Lu Chunling, who performed at the Arrival Ceremony at the Shanghai Pudong Airport, presents flowers to Orchestra violinist Davyd Booth, one of the original Orchestra members to have been part of the 1973 Tour of China.
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns is traveling with The Philadelphians in China.
Celebrations of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 40th anniversary tour to China have begun with the kind of fanfare usually associated with rock stars. Upon landing at the Shanghai airport for a two-week tour, the jet-lagged musicians were greeted by TV camera crews and key figures from the original visit, including a 92-year-old Chinese flutist who had composed a new piece for the occasion. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports from China.
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s current China trip is both a celebration of the 40th anniversary of its first tour to that country, and a new kind of overseas engagement. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the 2013 tour and residency is being led by a conductor with a reputation for innovation both on and off the podium.
Celebrated violinist Hilary Hahn returns to Philadelphia to perform Korngold's Violin Concerto. The concerto was dedicated to Alma Mahler, the widow of Korngold's childhood mentor Gustav Mahler. It was premiered on February 15, 1947 by Jascha Heifetz.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has wrapped up its first subscription season under the leadership of its eighth music director. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more from Yannick Nezet-Seguin on the musical and non-musical achievements of the season. In September, Yannick will open the next season with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony - the start of a two-year cycle during which the orchestra will perform all of Beethoven’s symphonies. Information about subscriptions to the upcoming Philadelphia Orchestra season.
For the eighth time in its history, The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing in China. Like last year, the focus is on residencies where the Orchestra becomes part of the community playing impromptu concerts in public places, and having joint rehearsals and concerts with the local orchestras. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns is traveling with the Philadelphians and files this report.
The Philadelphia Orchestra's 113th season may be over this weekend, but our broadcast year isn’t done! We’ll be back with you Sunday, May 26th, at our usual 2 PM time, for more Brahms - as we’ll hear his radiant Second Symphony, written in a burst of creativity over a few short months.
Also on the program is Elgar's spirited Cockaigne Overture, ("In London Town"), drawing its character from the sometimes bawdy urban sounds of marching bands, church bells, and merry revelers.
The renowned British conductor Donald Runnicles is the conductor for this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra concert broadcast on WRTI. Scottish-born and raised, Runnicles left his native land very early in his career. And as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, he has happily “settled” wherever the muse has taken him.
This week, the Philadelphia Orchestra wraps up its subscription season with a special tribute to Wolfgang Sawallisch, who died earlier this year. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Orchestra’s beloved former music director forged strong bonds with the musicians he led.
Listen to reflections about Conductor Laureate Wolfgang Sawallisch on the podium in Philadelphia, and on tour, from Philadelphia Orchestra musicians Kathy Picht Read, Jonathan Beiler, and Mark Gigliotti.