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Join us to hear the first concert in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s "Music of Vienna" series, recorded live last January at Verizon Hall. Pianist Jan Lisiecki, an audience favorite at only 20 years old, will be the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.

Mention the music of Vienna, and some of us automatically think of a waltz. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the city was a musical magnet for composers, especially from the late 18th century through the 19th and beyond.


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Violinist Hilary Hahn performs the fourth violin concerto of the Belgian composer and violinist Henri Vieuxtemps on The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast, Sunday, August 21st at 1 pm. This concerto is a favorite of Ms. Hahn’s; Vieuxtemps composed it while he was serving as violinist to Tsar Nicholas I in St. Petersburg.


Does a song, or even a symphony, trigger memories of important moments and milestones in your life? For violinist Hillary Hahn, a little-known, 19th-century concerto is an important part of her history and her current repertoire.


This Sunday, the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast brings back to the podium Musical America’s 2015 Conductor of the Year, Gianandrea Noseda, for a concert from November that begins with Liszt’s orchestrally dazzling Symphonic Poem No 6, “Mazeppa,” and a performance by renowned violinist Leonidas Kavakos of Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is now known as a classical music giant. But in 1866, he was a young man who had switched careers and was tackling his very first symphony. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on this early work – titled by the composer, Winter Daydreams.

An emotionally charged new work commissioned exclusively by The Philadelphia Orchestra, and given its World Premiere last November by the Philadelphians, will be re-broadcast in its entirety on WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, August 7th at 1 pm. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

What’s a spiritatorio? Composer Hannibal Lokumbe coined the term to describe his recent oratorio, which reflects on science, spirituality, and the human condition. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on One Land, One River, One People, for orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists.


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Join us on Sunday for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI. This re-broadcast brings us a lucky survivor among Mozart’s earlier symphonies, many of which were forgotten after his death. The Symphony No. 29, which Mozart composed at age 18, is full of charm, elegance, and irresistible high spirits, and Donald Runnicles, is on the podium.

The legend of Don Juan, dating from the mid-17th century, has spawned plays, poetry, opera, and more.  Richard Strauss’s 1889 tone poem about the story launched his star in the European musical world.


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