One of the better ideas of The Philadelphia Orchestraâ€™s tour of China and Japan turned out to be one of the toughest concerts of all: a SaturdayÂ morning pop-up performance by a quartet of French horn players at the ancient ruins of St Paul's Cathedral in Macau. The Philadelphia Inquirerâ€™s David Patrick Stearns withstood the tropical heat right along with them.
By the time this Sundayâ€™s three-hour broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert airs, Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Yannick Nezet-Seguin will have performed Tan Dunâ€™s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women three times in three different Chinese cities, as you might have been reading in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
On its 2014 Residency of China & Tour of Asia, The Philadelphia Orchestra is going deeper into China than ever before, and not just to more remote cities. On the first week of the trip, the Philadelphia Inquirerâ€™s David Patrick Stearns followed the players into the â€śbelly of the beastâ€ť- the Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army Band in Beijing, where orchestra members gave the master classes.
There's a really good reason to rise and shine a little early this Sunday morning! At 7:30 am EST, you'll be treated to China's first-ever international symphonic webcast featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Shanghai Grand Theatre performing Mozartâ€™s Symphony No. 41 (â€śJupiterâ€ť) and Mahlerâ€™s Symphony No. 1.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has named a Principal Guest Conductor for a three-year term beginning this fall. WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis has more on the appointment of the internationally known conductor Stephane Deneve, who has been a frequent guest since making his debut with the Orchestra in 2007.
Join us this Sunday as Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra in a recorded program from late January, 2013 at Verizon Hall that features two composers who were not only contemporaries, but who actually met during the premiere of Tristan und Isolde in 1865, Richard Wagner and Anton Bruckner.
This Sunday atÂ 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.Â WRTIâ€™s Jim Cotter has more.
The Philadelphia Orchestra is going deeper into China than ever before, into the Hunan province where modern arts centers have only existed for a few years, and out of Macao's air-conditioned casinos for outdoor performing amid the ruins of a cathedral. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns will be there every step of the way.
Johannes Brahms finally overcame his writerâ€™s block when it came to writing a symphony at the age of 43. The shadow of Beethoven loomed so ominously that the composer took decades to complete his Symphony No.1. This triumphal work has rightfully found its place among the masterpieces of the 19th-century repertoire.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has played unstaged concert versions of operas before...but never like this. The opera isSalome, with the famous "Dance of the Seven Veils." And how can singers stand still for that? The Philadelphia Inquirerâ€™s David Patrick Stearns reports on how Verizon Hall is being turned into an opera house.